In Modi's Swachh Bharat, BJP ruled PCMC fails to make a mark

Tanaji Khot
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Heaps of garbage a routine scene in PCMC

Pimpri: The residents of Pimpri Chinchwad are compelled to bear with the stench emanating from the heaps of garbage piling up in the city. If the state of garbage management in the city is to be considered, one has to admit that Bharatiya Janata Party, which came to power in recent elections, has failed to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project Swachh Bharat mission in PCMC

What caused piling up of solid waste?
The PCMC had earlier hired contractual health workers through 64 self-help groups (SHGs) working to give employment to unemployed youths for the disposal of solid waste in the city. However, after coming to power, BJP has failed to renew contracts of these self-help groups. The proposal earlier sanctioned by the Standing Committee has been stalled over non-payment of PF by SHGs to the employees working with them. High Court has asked SHGs to pay PF first in order to get their contract renewed. However, the same has adversely affected waste disposal in the city. Despite this standoff, the ruling party has failed to make temporary arrangement for garbage disposal. 

Opposition gets an opportunity to target ruling party 
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar launched a scathing attack on BJP over non-disposal of the waste last week. Shiv Sena MP Shrirang Barne also took a dig at non-disposal of garbage in Pimpri Chinchwad. NCP recently claimed that that ruling party wanted to replace existing SHGs with their loyal one. NCP has even claimed that BJP is pressurising federation of SHGs to replace their leader with a BJP loyal. Currently, this federation is being headed by NCP's Sandipan Zombade.  

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