‘Free meals, flats and clothes for pourakarmikas’

Published: 09th November 2016 01:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2016 03:26 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The state government is all set to provide free meals, flats and better clothes for all the pourakarmikas. Keeping the next Assembly elections in mind, Chief Minister Siddaramiah announced various schemes for pourakarmikas here on Tuesday after launching a mid-day meal scheme for the civic workers.

With this, 32,000 pourakarmikas will get rice, sambar, butter milk every day. International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISCON) has been awarded the task of supplying food to over 600 mustering centres and it will be given from 10.30 am to 11 am every day. 

A road map has been designed, accordingly the food truck will move to distribute the packets to pourakarmikas. BBMP will be spending `20 per person a day. Pourakarmikas in other districts too will get breakfast.

 Praising the pourakarmikas’ effort to keep the city clean, Siddaramaiah said the state government is also planning to give BDA flats to pourakarmikas. Each flat costs `11 lakh, of which `9.5 lakh will be from the State and Central government funds. “Only `1.5 lakh will have to be paid by the pourakarmikas’ in instalments,’’ he said.

He said contract pourakarmikas were getting around D7,000 per month and the state government has increased their salary by `5,000. With this, each one of them will be getting at least `12,000. “Do not waste excess money by drinking alcohol. Save money, give your children good education. Make them doctors, scientists and encourage them to enter politics. They need not have to become another pourakarmika,’’ he said. 

Bengaluru Development Minister K J George stressed that pourakarmikas should be given good uniforms, better safety equipment, gloves and other essential materials. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp