Mumbai: BMC to dismiss staff still absent despite resumption of local trains

ST Staff
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Most of the states in India has lifted up the lockdown restrictions as the country is going through Unlock 1 phase as announced by the Central government.

Mumbai: Most of the states in India has lifted up the lockdown restrictions as the country is going through Unlock 1 phase as announced by the Central government. Transport services including railways, flight and app-based cabs has been restored in various states and offices have already started with employees working in full capacity. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have planned to issue final notices to the employees who have still not joined their duties, despite the regular operation of train and other transport services.

The notice that was distributed said that the company would terminate the employees who are reluctant to join their work inspite of being physically fit and below 55 years of age. Previously, on June 4, the company had requested them to resume work but still they did not turn up.

According to a new notice issued by the BMC’s General Administration Department (GAD) on June 16, all the employees have been urged to resume their work within 72 hours. Mid-day quoted joint Municipal Commissioner of GAD, Milind Sawant as saying, “We started sending notices in the health department and the results are good. So now we are doing it across departments. The number of absentees varies in departments."

In the initial weeks of June, only 38 per cent of employees were reported to join the hospitals, after the circular was sent, the attendance hiked by at least 30 per cent. Ramesh Bharmal, director of the BMC’s prime hospitals was reported as saying, “After the notice, most of the staff resumed work. There are some employees who ask for exemption under age or co-morbidity criteria. But we asked them to submit papers which the administration will verify and take action accordingly."

The civic corporation has given permission to the employees who are fit and healthy to join duties except the ones who are above the age of 55, physically disabled and people with multimorbidities like diabetes, high blood pressure and those undergoing dialysis. If a self-declaration letter submitted by an employee includes a health issue, a medical test is required to be done from a BMC health officer. However, workers who do not have any health related cause are not required to submit a medical certificate.

Executive President of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Engineers’s Union, Sainath Rajadhyaksha said, "They started local trains very late but it is a good decision. This will reduce the hardship of employees travelling long distance. The BMC should allow certificates from private medical professionals also."

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