Aurangabad, May 2:
Municipal corporation has handed over the responsibility of garbage collection in the city to Reddy Company in Hyderabad. The employees of the company are going door to door for garbage collection. However, no employee has a mask on their face. Hence few alert citizens have taken a stand that they will not hand over the garbage if the employees don't wear a mask.
The Reddy company has about 800 employees and 350 rickshaws are assigned for garbage collection. A rickshaw has at least 2 employees and a third staff to oversee them. Municipal staff are also there to look after the entire waste collection system. However, from the past few days, it was noticed that the employees who come for garbage collection are not wearing masks. These employees travel to many places. Citizens fear that they could become super spreaders. Hence citizens asked them to wear a mask. However, the employees said that they have not received a mask from the company. Meanwhile, alert citizens in few colonies have decided to not hand over garbage to such employees unless they wear two masks. Nandkishore Bhombe, head of the municipal solid waste department, said, "The garbage collection staff has been classified as frontline workers. We are taking care of their health. Although they are employees of the contractor, they are ultimately working for the corporation. They have been given the necessary material many times before. If employees do not use it, they will be penalized.