BHUBANESWAR: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will pay minimum labour wages to unskilled, semi-skilled and highly-skilled labourers as per revised wages which was approved by the State Government recently.
These include workers on permanent rolls, daily labour rolls and contract labour rolls. The revised wages will be effective retrospectively from May 1 this year. The decision was finalised at BMC's council meeting which concluded on Friday.
The civic body has set a target of cleaning drains in all 67 Wards before arrival of monsoon. "While work on this has already begun in some Wards, the remaining ones are being taken up on a war footing and will be completed before May 15," Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena said.
Cleaning and de-silting of 10 main drains, Gangua nullah and Acharya Vihar drain will be carried out by the Water Resources Department. "We have taken up the matter with Chief Secretary who has assured to expedite the bidding process in this regard," Mayor Jena said.
The Corporation has decided to provide basic services to all notified slums except ones existing on jungle kisam land. These services include drinking water supply, toilets, sanitation, sewerage and roads.
On holding tax collection, the Corporation will form committees which would assess defaulters in Wards and follow up with tax collection. The Works Department has been notified to regularise holding tax collection from Government institutions and update it by the end of 2015-16.