Emphasising the need to increase the number of employees in the BBMP, District In-charge Minister R Ramalinga Reddy on Saturday said its staff strength had changed little from the 10,000 personnel since his time as a councillor 30 years ago.
Reddy was speaking at the Employee Day celebration organised by the BBMP Officers/Employees’ Association. He noted that when he was a councillor between 1983-88, the then Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, which was the BBMP’s predecessor, covered an area of around 220 sqkm, had 85 wards and had around 10,000 employees. “Now, the Palike’s jurisdiction has been expanded to 800 sqkm and has 198 wards. However, even today, the staff strength of BBMP is 10,000. This will adversely affect the Palike’s day-to-day functioning,” he said.
Association president R Subramanyam said the BBMP needed at least 25,000 staff but only 10,000 were directly employed and the remaining were contract workers.
The Minister acknowledged problems in the recruitment of pourakarmikas. Reddy said during his time as councillor, 1,000 pourakarmikas were recruited. Since then, no recruitment has happened, the Palike was depending on contractors. The government had approved the recruitment of 4,000 pourakarmikas in 2010, but this was yet to be implemented. Reddy urged the BBMP Commissioner to send a proposal to the government on recruitment of staff for its current requirements. “I shall have it approved in the Cabinet,” he assured.
Noting that on average Bangalore generated 4,000 tonnes of waste daily, Reddy said there was a crisis in the city’s garbage disposal system last year. “While it looks like the problem was resolved to some extent, it might come back anytime. Personally, I am not happy with garbage disposal. I can see piles of polythene covers on Hosur, Tumkur and Kanakapura Roads. People should stop using polythene covers,” he added.
BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana urged Palike staff to become tech-savvy. “There is road history software for road works and geographical information systems (GIS) for property tax collection. But, our officers are not ready to adopt these. Use technology for delivering quality work,” he urged.