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Grave-diggers in Bengaluru donate month’s salary

Hardly anyone thinks about them – aside from when there is a tragedy within the circle of relatives. Hardly ever do they get their salaries on time. And on every occasion they do, it is hardly ever enough to make ends meet (they now get Rs 14,000 a month however until not too long ago BBMP paid them a wage of Rs 1,000).

And but, grave-diggers and helpers are among the first ones to donate a complete month’s wage to the Chief Minister’s fund o that the federal government can procure private protective equipment (PPE) for health staff who're fighting on the frontline and supply succour to the fewer lucky who've fallen on onerous instances due to the remarkable lockdown.

“All those years, society fostered us. Now, it is our flip to present something again,’’ mentioned Sowri Raj, State Secretary, Burial Ground and Electric Crematoria Workers’ Association.

On Friday morning, the representatives of grave-diggers and helpers – there are 148 of them in all -- met BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar and handed over a letter giving their consent to donate their wage to Chief Minister’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

They mentioned that they owed it to society as a couple of months in the past, now not simplest did the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) used to be “sort enough” to mend Rs 14,000 monthly as honorarium for each of them, it used to be additionally the “generosity” of folks undertaking the last rites of their loved ones which noticed them thru tough instances.
At Rs 14,000 a month, the total quantity for 148 grave diggers would come to Rs 2,072,000.


Meenamma C, a grave-digger at Hebbal burial floor, mentioned that the verdict gave her immense pleasure. Kutty, who works at Kalpally Electric Crematorium, advised Bangalore Mirror that he's satisfied to be doing this and has absolutely no regrets about letting a month’s wage cross.

A Suresh, State General Secretary of Dr BR Ambedkar Dalitha Sangarsha Samithi mentioned the gesture to contribute a month’s wage used to be commendable. “It's going to be tricky for them to make ends meet without wages for a month however they too need to do something to society. All those years, the BBMP did not consider them as human beings and used to pay them simplest Rs 1,000 monthly,’’ mentioned Suresh.

This is not all. Association members are also making private contributions to provide groceries to needy folks and migrant labourers at a couple of places. “Now we have equipped 5 kg rice, one kg toor dal, cooking oil and sugar to each of the needy folks,” mentioned Sowri Raj.

Describing the grave-diggers’ resolution as an “improbable gesture”, civic evangelist V Ravichandar mentioned it must encourage those who are in higher positions to contribute to society.

Former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde echoed his sentiments.

Sai Datta, a social activist, mentioned he used to be impressed by way of the grave-diggers’ initiative. “Publicity mongers must look as much as those folks as role models. They must be favored for taking this type of noble resolution,’’ he mentioned.

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