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ULBs flout norms
Engagement of excess sweepers costs state exchequer Rs 31.02 Cr
JAMMU, Feb 13: Engagement of excess sweepers against the norms cost state exchequer Rs 31.02 Cr which were expended on payment of wages.

This has been revealed in Annual Technical Inspection report on Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) for the year ended March 31, 2016.

The performance audit of service delivery by the Urban Local Bodies with special focus on sanitation stated that against the norm of one post of Safai Karamchari for 400 people, in 14 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), one Safai Karamchari was deployed for population ranging between50-397 and engagement of excess personnel resulted in an extra expenditure of Rs 31.02 Cr on payment of wages.

Audit also came across instances where the deployment of sweepers/Safai Karamcharis was not in proportion to population of wards.

There was short deployment in 23 Wards of four test-checked ULBs and an excess deployment in 44 Wards of five ULBs.

As per the government norms (order No 214-HUD of 2008 dated May 23, 2008, one post of sweeper/ Safai Karamchari was sanctioned for 400 persons. In addition to the regular sweepers/Safai Karamchari, the test-checked ULBs also engaged daily wagers/ casual labourers for various works of solid waste management and sanitation services such as sweeping/ cleaning of lanes/ drains, collection of garbage, etc. In 1413 out of 19 test-checked ULBs, one sweeper/ safai karamchari was engaged for population ranging between 50 to 397 persons during 2011-12 to 2015-16.

“Despite engaging persons in excess to the laid down criteria, the ULBs could not provide sanitation services as per the SLBs prescribed by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. The engagement of excess personnel against the norms fixed by government has resulted in extra expenditure of Rs 31.02 Cr on payment of wages in 14 ULBs during 2011-12 to 2015-16,” said the performance audit.

These 14 ULBs included R S Pura, Bishnah, Udhampur, Ramnagar, Katra, Kathua, Sunderbani, Rajouri, Ghou Manhasa, Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), Anantnag, Bijbehara, Khansahib and Hadwara.

“Audit also noticed instances where the deployment of sweepers/ safai karamchari was not in proportion to population of wards. In 23 wards of four14 ULBs, short deployment of sweepers/ safai karamchari ranged from one to eleven. On the other hand, however, in 44 wards of five15 ULBs, excess deployment of sweepers/ safai karamchari ranged from one to nine,” the report stated.

Queried by the inspection team, the ULBs cited the increase in population, floating population and manual work as the main reasons for engagement of extra manpower. The reply was not tenable as the engagement of manpower was in excess despite taking into account the increase in population and also the services were below the SLBs, inspection team reported.

News Updated at : Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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