Srinagar, Oct 2: Scores of Safaikaramcharis in Srinagar Municipal Corporation are without salaries from past many months.
“We are without salaries for many months. In times of Covid-19, the Safaikaramcharis are working day and night. We are struggling to feed our families due to non payment of wages,” one of the Safaikaramcharis said.
“Our families are worried about our safety. We have to work round the clock but are not given protection equipment. There are always chances we may catch infection,” he lamented.
When contact, Commissioner SMC Gazanfar Ali said there are two types of Safaikarmcharis in the corporation.
“Let me explain, we have two type of safaikarmcahris, among those around 900 are dependent on the user charges we are collecting from the people. We had problems during the Covid pandemic but now things are getting normal and we are thinking that we will pay them through the bank,” he said and added that other safaikarmcharis who are under the budget have no problems.
The SMC is responsible for keeping Srinagar city clean and ensuring proper hygiene besides taking steps to ensure development on modern lines.