Nearly 1400 sanitation workers in Mumbai lost their jobs due to misspelt names in documents submitted to Supreme Court. The documents submitted to the Supreme Court were to seek the permanent status of those wage earners. Due to the misspelling in names, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation fired those workers following the guidelines given by the Court. On Thursday the workers held a protest at Azad Maidan against the civic body’s decision.

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Nine months ago the BMC declared many of the workers as permanent workers as per the top court order. But, later mismatch was found in the spellings of some workers’ names in the submitted document and they were removed from service.

As the workers claimed, the BMC did not follow the due process while terminating their services. Thousands of sanitation workers who sweep streets, clean sewers, collect garbage and transport it to dumping grounds get employed by the three civic bodies. Majority of these workers are temporary civic employees who are hired through a network of contractors and sub-contractors, NDTV reported.

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Milind Ranade, General Secretary of the Kachra Vahtuk Shramik Sangh, the workers’ union, said to the NDTV, “The Sangh filed a case in the industrial tribunal of Mumbai in 2007, on behalf of 2,700 workers. It reached the Supreme Court which asked corporations to regularise their jobs.

“We are sweepers and don’t know the English language. The officers are sacking us, saying our names don’t match with the names mentioned in the list of 2,700 people to be regularised.” Manohar Janardhan Jadhav of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation was quoted as saying by NDTV.

BMC’s additional municipal commissioner Vijay Singhal said in defence that the civic body was following Supreme Court’s order and they were giving away jobs to everyone whose name matched with the list given by the Supreme Court.

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On the contrary, it is actually impossible for those wage earners to find out that whether there is a misspelling in their names in the documents submitted. They are losing their jobs for absolutely no fault of their own. Apart from the health issues that those sanitation workers face, job insecurity is making their living almost impossible.

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