Working conditions of pourakarmikas in Bangalore city: An analytical study
G Srinatharaj, Rajendran
Pourakarmikas toil in working conditions that are far from perfect. Hired by contractors selected by the City Municipal Corporation, there have been occasions when they have not received their salary for more than six months. Deep financial distress has even led to an instance of suicide by them. A Pourakarmika work on the roads for hours, with no accessories, no toilet facilities and in unhygienic conditions-all for meager, and often erratic, compensation. And yet they slog on in the occupation for years. People, who have been in Bengaluru for years or generations, refuse to do the physical collection of garbage. Marginalized groups from outside Bengaluru are brought in to do these jobs. In fact, Bengaluru exploits these marginalized people, as it does not offer them alternative work avenues. As a result, they continue to slog in sanitation jobs such as cleaning septic tanks, public toilets or collecting garbage. The present study is an analytical study of the conditions that the Pourakarmikas in Bangalore City are subjected to. It introspects about the factual data in respect of the Pourakarmikas in the context of Bangalore City.