Dhaka South City Corporation is going to bring its 5,216 cleaners under real time attendance using mobile phone tracking system to ensure their attendance and services.
The corporation officials on Tuesday said many cleaners, specially the road sweepers, went back home instead of cleaning city roads and dustbins after showing them present to the conservancy inspectors.
Bishwajit Kumar Das, a shopkeeper at Jatrabari, said he often saw wastes pile up for days along roads in his area.
Julhash Ali, one of the night guards of the area said he hardly found any cleaner for three to four days at the kitchen market though DSCC has three designated cleaners for the area.
DSCC systems analyst Abu Taiyeb Rokon said in cooperation with Grameenphone the corporation had set up a surveillance system to track down
the cleaners with their phone during their working hours.
Additional chief waste management officer of DSCC Khandoker Millatul Islam said the initiative would ensure cleaners’ attendance and performance.
He said not only that the cleaners go back home after conferring their attendance to CI but also in nexus with CI some cleaners draw wages regularly without doing any task.
He said they would count the digital attendance of the cleaners from December and would give wages on the basis of their attendance.
He said all the cleaners had already given GP mobile SIMs.
The corporation would check the presence of the cleaners several times from 10:00pm to 6:00am at their locations.
A number of cleaners said they were in fear of mobile phone mugging because they had to work at night.
They also expressed their fear over the possibility of losing phones.
Cleaners, however, admitted that the surveillance system would make some cleaners active who dodge their responsibilities.
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