Jagatsinghpur, June 23 (LocalWire): The local municipal authority here has decided to engage women groups, including the Self Help Groups (SHGs) to take forward its cleanliness drive, including introducing “night sweeping” to make this small town clean and beautiful.
The decision by the Jagatsinghpur Municipality will also help the women SHGs generate additional income.
The Jagatsinghapur Municipality here caters to a population of 35,000 across 21 wards.
While Jagatsinghapur Ward No 08 is the most populous ward with a population of 2,556, Jagatsinghapur Ward No 04 has the lowest population of 867.
The Municipality had hired an agency, Herald, for cleaning the city but has been receiving complaints from all wards that clearing of garbage and other sanitation worker were not being done properly and regularly.
The agency will now be replaced by the SHGs and different women groups on an experimental basis, sources said adding that these organisations will be pressed into service in four wards – Markandpur of ward no 2 and 3, college chowk of ward no 4 and court chowk of ward no 5 – on a pilot basis.
During the pilot phase, sanitation workers from Herald will not be involved in the cleanliness drive in these four wards. However, its workers will be pressed into service in the remaining 17 wards. As per labour rule, the municipality will be paying daily wages to the sanitation workers from the SHGs.
Sources also indicated that the authorities have identified an area in Kantaballavpur for setting up as the dumping yard since it does not have a permanent site for garbage management at the moment forcing the sanitation workers to dump garbage at the burial ground of college chowk, roadside or in open plots.
According to Jagatsinghpur Municipality executive officer Baladev Behera, four women SHGs will be engaged in the sanitation and garbage management work from 1 July.
We have introduced night sweeping for the first time and the members of the women SHGs will be pressed into service to clean the city after 9 pm.”