Give personal attention to plight of conservancy workers: HC to BMC

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Mumbai, Sep 26 (UNI) Commenting that the conservancy workers were working in sub-human conditions, the Bombay High Court today directed Commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to give personal attention to the plight of conservancy workers.

A division bench of Justices J N Patel and Amjad Sayyad also observed that unless the highest official of the Corporation looks into it, the working conditions will not improve for conservancy workers.

The court also took note of large number of deaths of conservancy workers due to occupational hazards, saying that it was a matter of grave concern.

The court directed the Additional Municipal Commissioner, heading conservancy department, to file an affidavit giving details as to what medical facilities were made available to the conservancy worker and what preventive steps were being undertaken by the corporation.

The High Court has taken suo-moto congnizance of a letter written by a senior citizen Kewal Semlani about the grave plight of conservancy workers in the BMC. In the petition, Mr Semlani alleged that 488 conservancy workers had died in 2004-05 (24 per month) due to occupational hazards, while the figure has come down to 12 per month this year.


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