Mumbai: The policy of hereditary recruitment of sanitary workers would now be applied for the scheduled caste workers other than those belonging to Valmiki-Mehtar community also, Maharashtra government today said. The hereditary recruitment of sanitary workers from Valmiki-Mehtar community would continue, it was decided in the cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here today, an official statement said.
As per the recommendations of Lad committee, set up in 1972, the government started hiring the heirs of retiring sanitary workers belonging to the Valmiki-Mehtar community. A petition filed in the Bombay High Court last year had taken exception to this practise. While disposing it of, the court said the government should reconsider the system, as lots of unemployed youth all over the state may also want these jobs.
The official statement said while extending the principle of hereditary employment to sanitary workers from other scheduled castes, the government decided that the hereditary recruitment from Valmiki-Mehtar community should continue. The cabinet also approved the proposal to elevate the post of chief engineer in Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to the secretary-level. The objective was to expedite various infrastructure works to be undertaken by the MSRDC such as the Pune Ring Road, upgradation of Mumbai-Pune expressway, Mumbai-Nagpur super-communication express highway, etc, a PWD official said.
Since its formation in 1996, the MSRDC has constructed 55 flyovers in Mumbai, Bandra-Worli sealink and the Mumbai-Pune expressway.