Govt books case against GP chief, officer

Jun 10, 2017

Mysuru/Bengaluru: The state government has booked a criminal case against a gram panchayat president and a panchayat development officer in Mysuru for forcing two civic workers to get into a manhole for cleaning.

The incident occurred at Tavarakatte in Chamundi Grama Panchayat on Wednesday morning. The images of a civic worker in the manhole went viral with people slamming the inhuman act reported from CM Siddaramaiah’s home district.

The workers — Cheluva and Ganesh R — were allegedly summoned by panchayat president Geetha to clean the manhole near her residence. Though manual scavenging has been prohibited under the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013, panchayat development officer Anand maintained that two civic workers had been appointed to clean manholes and directed the two complete cleaning.

Rural development and panchayat raj minister HK Patil said a case has been booked against Geetha and Anand at Krishnaraja police station in Mysuru. The government has suspended Anand pending inquiry.

 

The case was registered following a complaint by DG Gurushanthappa, an assistant director in the social welfare department. According to the complaint, on the morning of June 6, Geetha allegedly directed the pourakarmikas to clear a clogged manhole near her house in Tavarekatte. Instead of deploying machines, Geetha allegedly forced the pourakarmikas to enter the sewer conduit with a threat they will lose their jobs if they didn’t act on her order.