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Cleaners spill garbage all over city to protest colleague’s death

Workers demanded withdrawl of biometric attendance system, compensation 

Udaipur : Cleaning staff of the Udaipur municipal corporation dirtied roads, colonies and every nook and corner of the city by spilling trash containers on Tuesday morning. The site of piles of garbage, litters and plastic bag spread everywhere was disgusting not only for the commuters but residents and tourists who were shocked to see the dirtiness sprawled around.

The action came as a protest over a mishap which took place a day ago. One of the female cleaning staff Prem Bai (35) had died on duty on monday while waiting in the queue for long time for registering her bio-metric attendance at one of the sector cleaning office. The sweeper community backed by the Valmiki samaj and various related organizations gathered in large numbers on Tuesday morning and set out on various directions to spill trash containers. Delhigate, Surajpole, Udiapole, Jagdish Chowk, Gulabbagh, Raoji-ka-hata, Ambedkar circle and even the posh colonies of the city area witnessed dirtiness and foul smell throughout the day.

The agitators staged protest at the UMC premises, raised slogans demanding withdrawl of  biometric system of attendance. Additional District Magistrate OP Bunkar and UMC commissioner Sidharth Sihag mediated the peace talk but the protestors refused to get back to work. They demanded 20 lakh rupees as ex-gratia and job to one of the family member of the deceased. Apart from these, the cleaning staff community also were adamant on taking back the system of biometric attendance which they said was too stressful for the staff. In their efforts not to get late at work, the cleaners had to rush in the morning hours further causing mishaps.

On Monday Prem Bai who died while waiting in the queue had tried four times to register her thumb impression on the biometric machine, however due to technical error the impression wasn’t accepted. The lady had fell unconscious while waiting in the line and died on spot. Mediation talks carried on till late evening without arriving at any conclusion, sources said.

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