Salary cuts are tormenting the GHMC sanitation workers big time. They are working hard for one month but are still failing to receive their full salary due to minor mistakes. Workers say the main reason for this is the biometric attendance system. This situation is due to the negligent attitude of the authorities.
There are seven zones under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, of which there are thirty circles. It has about 8,000 workers. Of whom, three thousand have received cuts in their salaries. In some circles, some workers have lost almost 70 percent of their salaries. Workers whose salary is around 14,000 Per month had cuts ranging from 1,500 to 8,000 Rupees. GHMC sanitation workers are protesting against the system.
It is said that the main reason for the non-receipt of these salaries is the biometric system. The contracting agency was supposed to correct the technical defects in the biometric machines but it continued with the old machines that were not working. Biometrics was taken on non-functioning machines and salary cuts were made even if there was a difference in time.
Sanitation workers' normal working hours are from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The timings were changed from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. due to high temperatures prevailing. The biometric attendance should be marked between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. But the machines are not accepting attendance after 5.30 a.m. As a result, many are marked as absent. Sanitation workers also seem to be absent due to improper use of biometric machines. Most of the workers are uneducated and there are no efforts to educate them about using these machines.