Contractual Employees at the Thane Municipal Corporation to soon get minimum wage

Deputy Chairman of Maharashtra Legislative Council, Neelam Gorhe, held a meeting recently regarding the same, and asked the respective municipal corporations to provide minimum wages and pay the difference. Necessary safety measures will also be offered.

Contractual Employees at the Thane Municipal Corporation to soon get minimum wage

Deputy Chairman of Maharashtra Legislative Council, Neelam Gorhe, on Saturday, October 31, 2020, directed the officials to start the minimum wage for the employees of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) and Badlapur Municipal Corporation. Besides this, they have also been asked to pay the pending difference. 

Gorhe also met with the commissioner regarding the matter and has taken a decision to implement the Social Justice Department Scheme for Sweepers. This initiative has been started from the centre and will soon be effective across all Municipalities and Municipal Corporations.

The decision was taken after demands were raised by the contract employees Dr Gorhe chaired the meeting which was attended by Thane Municipal Corporation Mayor Naresh Maske, Principal Secretary Urban Development, Mahesh Pathak, Thane Municipal Commissioner Bipin Sharma, Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Commissioner Dr Vijay among others.

Labour leader Milind Ranade had earlier written to the Deputy Speaker and put forth his demand which stated that 1,400 cleaners and 250 drivers should be paid the minimum wage and the pending difference. Moreover, the payment of these workers should be made earliest by the 7th of every month and the necessary safety measures should be provided.

Following this, Thane Mayor Naresh Maske has given instructions regarding the difference between the minimum wage and the salary, which will be calculated from February 2015 to November 2016. As planned, this difference is being paid in 5 installments, two of which have already been paid and the third installment will be paid before December 2020. Besides this, the following two installments will be paid in 2021.

As per reports, the municipal corporation is yet to pay a total of INR 17 crore, which includes each installment is INR 5.50 crore. Moreover, to ensure employee safety, the government s also providing personal protection kits and the administration has been instructed to pay the salaries of all the employees till the 7th of every month

Dr Gorhe further added that the civic body should also look at providing personal protective equipment to every cleaner from the municipality and the corporation. Besides this, they should be medically examined on time. Contact information and details about the number of janitors in urban local bodies in the state will be noted soon. The social justice department will also hold a meeting soon to understand the benefits which can be offered to these janitors.

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