The Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) has decided to regularise more than 5,000 work-charge employees.
“The board members came to the decision that more than 5,000 LWMC work charge employees who meet the essential requirements for being regular employees should be made permanent and it was directed that all the cases should be sent to the city district government of Lahore for consideration,” said a statement issued after a meeting of the LWMC Board of Directors.
“This step would provide all perks and privileges related to permanent employment benefits and safety measures to all the deserving employees … a committee has been set up to monitor the regularisation of work-charge employees.”
The board also decided that LWMC workers would go door to door to collect trash in six ‘model’ areas of Lahore Township, Mohni Road, Gulshan, Lohari, Qila Lakhshman Singh and Samanabad – before Turkish companies recently contracted to provide waste disposal services in the city start their operations on February 20.
The LWMC as well as small local companies provided cleaning services earlier, but the local companies’ contracts have been cancelled. Door-to-door collection via rickshaws would continue and the residents of these areas would not notice any drop off in service, said the statement.
The board examined the Turkish company’s collaboration plan with LWMC and the new system for waste disposal that is to be implemented in Lahore in the coming days along with new machinery. The board called for an awareness campaign about the changes.
The meeting was attended by LWMC Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan, Managing Director Waseem Ajmal Chaudhry and board members Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmad (MPA), Ahsan Chughtai (financial advisor) and Mazhar Iqbal Sipra.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2012.