Gehlot promises steps for sanitation workers’ safety


Jaipur: The state government will provide adequate equipment and make proper arrangements so that no sanitation worker has to enter the manhole for cleaning severs, announced chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday. Gehlot was addressing the Cleanliness Session at Birla Auditorium on the occasion of 150 Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The chief minister honoured the sanitation workers who have done remarkable work in cleanliness.

On the occasion, a poster on ‘Say no to polythene campaign and waste collection’ and a sanitation workers’ manual was also released.

For the safety of sanitation workers in the state, Gehlot promised to provide equipment. “In Rajasthan we will provide equipment for sewer chamber cleaning to avoid any more deaths. There will be no constraint of money for this purpose. We have directed the officials to make a work plan and implement it within a year,” assured Gehlot.

The CM was referring to the incident in August when four sewage workers died of electrocution while cleaning a sewer line in Manvakheda village of Udaipur district.

He gave reference of Mahatma Gandhi who had dreamt about Swachh Evam Nirmal Bharat (Clean and Pure India). “Gandhiji was against the practice of manual scavenging. This practice has been eradicated. I would request people to come forward and provide information to the officers concerned if they see anyone engaged in manual scavenging,” said Gehlot.

He promised to solve the problems of sanitation workers as in his last tenure when more than 30,000 applicants were appointed by the state government.

“We will be working to strengthen door-to-door waste collection system to make Rajasthan the cleanest state in the country. Jaipur and Jodhpur railway stations have got top positions for cleanliness. All this became possible due to the hard work done by our sanitation workers,” added Gehlot.