Rahul spent about 15 minutes associating with a gathering of safai karamcharis – pourakarmikas as they are known in Karnataka – amid the most recent day of his Janaarshirvada Yatra in Bengaluru.
“In the event that we get the opportunity to administer in Delhi, we will learn from Karnataka,” Rahul said during the interaction after pourakarmika Oblesh revealed to him that the state government was “most likely the main Indian state to have abrogated the agreement system.” Oblesh additionally disclosed to Rahul that Karnataka had increased their wages, which benefited almost two lakh pourakarmikas.
A year ago, Karnataka declared the abolition of the contractual employment system for pourakarmikas, who are generally Dalits, after the laborers rampaged demanding direct payment of wages. Before pourakarmikas were employed by garbage contractors and it was generally held that the contractors would redirect the civic workers’ wages. Pourakarmikas additionally asserted that contractors subjected them to fortified labour like work conditions.