Puri, February 27 (LocalWire): Have you ever wondered as you step out of your spic and span home into a litter-free street, as to who keeps it clean?
While you tried to stay away from the stench did you notice the person loading the trash truck next to the garbage dump with his hands?
Did we ever think what would happen to the sanitation if these people were not around?
We complain of heaps of garbage lying around outside people’s homes.
We blame the government for dirty streets but we never realise that it is a norm for people to clean their house and dump the trash on the streets, not only in this city but across the country.
The government has tried several ways to check this issue, the most recent one being the waste segregation project by providing each household with two trash buckets (green for wet waste and blue for solid waste) but it seems that people here have found a new use for it and use them as flower pots!
Taking time out this reporter located a ‘cleaner’ who tirelessly tries to keep the roads clean for as low a sum as Rs 1000 a month. Malti knows it’s a dirty and dangerous job but she does it for the paltry sum as she knows no other job since she belongs to a caste who have been doing this work for generations.
She says she was married off to a person who also does the same job. Upon questioning she says it’s a family trade but they tried their best and educated their son till class 5. ‘We were able to teach him the basics that are required to live an honest life,’ she added.
If it is true that someone who does their duty with absolute responsibility and without fail is a hero then I guess it is people like Malti who deserve all the praise.
When asked how one could help her, she quipped, ‘I cannot ask people not to litter since that would lead to us losing our jobs but it would help immensely if people constraint themselves from throwing garbage anywhere and the roads are littered less as our job is back-breaking one.’