The state government must abolish the contract system for hiring conservation workers in local bodies, the chairman of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Mr. Venkatesan in Tiruppur urged on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters after chairing a review meeting at the District Collectorate, he said contract conservation workers are affected by the system, including receiving low wages and not depositing money on workers’ bank accounts. The district administration should crack down on such irregularities by contractors after due investigation, he said.
“The state government provides the money to the contractors and not to the affected districts,” he said. Alleging that profits from contracted conservation work “do not reach the government or the workers”, Mr Venkatesan suggested that the state government should pay all conservation workers directly instead of paying through of entrepreneurs.
Other recommendations made to the state government were the formation of a committee under the leadership of a retired Madras High Court judge to analyze the negative impacts of the contract system on conservation workers in the state and the creation of a state-level commission for conservation workers that can conduct investigations. and make suggestions to the government.
The district administration must also conduct awareness programs for conservation workers at least four times a year regarding government programs available to them, Venkatesan said.