Cleaners at a human chain on Tuesday gave two Dhaka city corporations a seven-day ultimatum to cancel a decision on collecting household waste through tenders.
They also threatened that the collection of the household waste will remain stop if the decision is not cancelled by the deadline.Primary Waste Collection Service Provider (PWCSP), a platform of 19,000 cleaners, organised the human chain in front of the National Press Club in the capital.
Speakers at the programme demanded renewal of permission for organisations involved in waste collection and reintroduction of certificates by the PWCSP in this regard.
Nahid Akhter Lucky, president of the organisation, said the cleaners of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) collect waste only from containers and dump the garbage into landfills.
“But 19,000 cleaners of PWCSP collect waste from residences and put the rubbish in containers of the city corporations. We collect Tk 25-30 from each flat to pay salaries of the cleaners,” she said.
It is a surprising matter that the two city corporations have decided to give the work to councillors through tenders. The corporations fixed Tk 100 monthly against each flat for the waste collection, said Lucky.
“The DSCC has already given the work to its ward councillors. As a result, 10,000 cleaners have lost jobs,” she said.PWCSP president said on January 12, they held a press briefing at the National Press Club, demanding cancellation of the decision. After that, though the DSCC mayor assured them of returning their job, the assurance is yet to come into effect.
The DNCC gives permission for waste collection to the waste collectors under the PWCSP every year. The last year’s deadline expired in December, but the city corporation is yet to start renewal of the permission, she said. The DNCC is also planning to recruit cleaners through tenders.