Pune: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Monday gave appointment letters to 11 villagers of Uruli Devachi and Phursungi, whose land was acquired by the Corporation for garbage depot.
Both villages claimed that there is a total of 57 villagers who should get permanent jobs in the Corporation. Now, the Corporation has verified documents of 11 villagers and given them employment in the Corporation.
It is a long pending demand of Uruli Devachi and Phursungi villagers to give employment to the villagers affected due to the garbage depot. From 2009 till date, villagers were conducting agitations against the Corporation and have discontinued garbage processing work now and then. The protesting villagers were demanding permanent jobs in the Corporation, apart from stopping open dumping and installing garbage processing units in all other parts of city.
The PMC had assured to compensate the villagers by ensuring jobs to at least one member of each project affected family. Finally, in 2014, PMC gave jobs on a contract basis to 57 villagers. They are working on contract basis in the Corporation. After verifying documents, PMC gave permanent appointment letters to 11 villagers. City Mayor Mukta Tilak said, “There was lack of documentary evidence. Hence, we faced a problem while providing permanent employment to the villagers. At present, we have given appointment letters to 11 villagers.” Rajendra Nimbalkar, Additional Municipal Commissioner, said, “We will verify remaining documents and provide them letters.”
In a recent meeting, Vijay Shivtare, Minister of State for Water Resource, conducted a meeting of PMC
officials and the villagers.