Memorable Swacchta Diwas for Shimla as sanitation workers enjoy a 3-day holiday
Shimla: Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) and its sanitation workers did their best to spoil the one of the major initiatives of Prime Minister Narender Modi – replacing Gandhi Jayanti with Swacchta Diwas.
On Monday, the entire city including the core areas was exhibiting stinking piles of garbage because the sanitation workers were enjoying Gandhi Jayanti by availing a leave on October 2. Isn’t it an ugly joke that sanitation workers were on holiday on the Swacchata Diwas?
(Picture: The above-posted picture was taken on October 2 adjacent to Indira Gandhi Sports Complex at the Shimla Mall.)
Politicians did their photo shoots and the Chief Minister even administered the ‘Swachatta Oath’ to children of Laurete Public and take a pledge to keep the state clean to achieve the dream of ‘Bapu’ of ‘Swachh Bharat’.
During the event, SMC was showcasing what it claimed to be ‘massive cleanliness drives’ taken out in the city during past few months.
Some of Himachal Watcher’s readers in Shimla city shared some pictures with us.
However, in reality, the garbage had been piling up for last three days due to holidays.
Not just Gandhi Jayanti, but the sanitation workers are on holiday from September 30 – three days in a row.
No one is bothered to collect the garbage. Surprisingly, the Deputy Mayor lives 100 meters away,
said a local.
Against this arbitrary behavior, the SMC complained that the Shimla, Heritage, Environment and Beautification (SHEB) workers is not co-operating.
They were directed to resume sanitation work on Oct 2, but only a few workers appeared in some of the wards, said SMC.
Opposition Bhartiya Janata Party is currently in power at SMC House. Despite that, the condition grew so ugly that even its party workers avoided organizing cleaning campaigns and photo shoots on Swacchta Diwas.
A week ago, the SHEB workers had called off their strike after compelling the Mayor of Shimla, Kusum Sadrate to yield before them and accept their demand for 20 percent hike in the monthly wages.
As it appears, the workers are now trying to exert pressure on SMC for regularization. At the same time, political critics believe this arbitrary behavior of workers is politically motivated.