No gloves, no fingerprints, no salary for pourakarmikas

  • | Wednesday | 14th March, 2018

Some councillors argued that pourakarmikas sorting the city’s waste without wearing gloves had resulted in their fingerprints wearing out, and as a result, biometric machines failing to scan them. About the lack of gloves, he said pourakarmikas had pointed out that the gloves provided earlier were uncomfortable and new designs will be distributed starting next week. The meeting witnessed councillors, cutting across parties, talking about the hardships of the pourakarmikas, and how following years of hard manual labour, the biometric machines were not picking up the pourakarmikas’ fingerprints. Thousands of pourakarmikas in the city working without minimum safety gear, like gloves, seems to be impacting not just their health but also the monthly salary. “For the longest time, these same councillors and contractors did not let the BBMP start biometric registration of the pourakarmikas.

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