Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-15 20:13 Bengaluru: The Karnataka Safai Karmachari Commission has demanded permanent status to conservancy workers working on contractual basis with the BBMP while lauding the government’s decision to hike their salaries by Rs4,000. At present, conservancy workers draw a meagre salary of Rs6,500 and are also deprived of health benefits. At a meeting on Wednesday, PK Narayan, Commissioner, Karnataka Safai Karmachari Commission, termed the development as an Independence Day gift. “The next issue is regularisation of service. The government has agreed and rules have to be discussed before the cabinet.” Speaking about the plight of the workers, Clifton Rozario, member of BBMP Contract Pourakarmika Workers Association, said the workers were made to “work for 30 days” but “paid for only for 26 days”. “There is no leave. The supervisors also snatch their earnings. These issues have to be addressed,” he said. "The ESI and PF amount is being deducted but workers neither get medical facility and nor have PF number," added Rozario. Adilakshmi, member of the association, was blunt. “The city looks cleaner because of us,” she said and narrated their daily ordeal which involved sifting through unsegregated waste full of harmful bio-waste and sanitary pads. “We have to bag all that waste. Many of us are not given gloves, coats and boots. We have to purchase brooms and coats from the salary. We have been demanding at least 15,000 so that we can educate our children well,” she said. Agreeing with Adilakshmi, Suresh, Secretary of the association, said the association had placed several demands but the labour minister had turned a blind eye to their issues. About 200 pourakarmikas from all over city and from faraway places such as Koppal and Gangavathi attended the meet.