Vikash Sharma

Amidst the outbreak of dengue and viral flu, the overall sanitation works have gone for a toss at the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar following the strike by the sanitation workers. The strike by the sanitation workers entered the second day on Tuesday.

Waste has not been lifted from inside wards and other areas of the Capital Hospital since yesterday, raising a stink in the premier government-run hospital. As per reports, 250 sanitation workers are staging a dharna against the award of tender to a new person. The agitating workers’ demands include EPF EST registration of every worker, no retrenchment of workers without valid reasons and Durga Puja bonus.

“We are demanding hike in wages and opposing the new tender and other rules in the engagement,” said a sanitation worker.

Another sanitation staff said, “There are several workers who have been working for the last 10 to 15 years. We were getting Rs 385 per day and getting salary regularly. We are demanding a hike in case of new tender. However, the authorities are forcing us to work at old rate.”

The sanitation workers have threatened to intensify their agitation if their wages are not revised.

On Monday, the Director of Capital Hospital, Dr Laxmidhar Sahu said, “For every outsourcing service, tender is floated. As per the direction of the Health Department, the tender will be awarded to a new person on September 16. We discussed with the old workers and informed them that all of them would be retained and they would get the same salary and we told them that there would be no anomaly in EPF EST.”

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