BENGALURU: BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad has proposed to appoint retired armymen as ‘Clean Up Marshals’ in every ward to check littering. The marshals will have power to levy penalty just like policemen.
The commissioner has put up the proposal before the BBMP Standing Committee for Health, which is expected to take it up further in a day or two. According to the document available with Express, the commissioner has stated in spite of banning plastic bags, it is still sold at shops and public continue to use them. BBMP officials are not able to tackle this menace.
In order to keep an eye on public who litter streets and shops that continue to use plastic bags, the commissioner proposed to appoint retired armymen as marshals who will check the streets and levy penalty on those who litter. The High Court also directed BBMP to appoint two to three marshals in every ward.
The document mentions that the commissioner has proposed that they had approached Corps of Military Police (CMP) who has listed out the requirement to recruit the marshals. According to the list, marshals would be appointed in each ward.
Every zone will have a junior commissioner to supervise the marshals. The salary for a marshal has been fixed at `25,000 per month, and they will be provided 2 litres of petrol every day and `500 as mobile allowance. The junior commissioner will get `40,000 salary per month, 1.5 litres of petrol and `1,000 as mobile allowance. BBMP will bear a cost of `6.98 crore to maintain marshals, `43.2 crore for junior commissioners.
Separate bank account
A separate bank account will be created for marshals to deposit the penalty they collect. The same amount can be utilised for solid waste management expenses and salaries of marshals.