It is well known to the higher-ups of the civic body that half of the wards have no sanitary inspectors to oversee sanitation and disease control works. Sanitary inspectors are continuously demanding to fill vacant posts so that their workload would come down. A demand to which the civic body is yet to pay heed.
Irked, some sanitary inspectors created a meme metaphorically showing them as a struggling lower-order batsman, who is surrounded by attacking fieldset.
The meme shows an SI batting with a sanitary worker as his batting partner. Dengue bowls a deceiving spin ball at him while health department officials keeping wickets.
Figurative fielders such as meeting, birth and death, inspection, raid, Amma Canteen, fever, fogging and other routine works, all in catching positions, waiting to catch him out. The integrated disease surveillance programme is the umpire in the field.
“All the sanitary workers in the civic body is working under lots of stress due to the shortage of sanitary inspectors. Nearly 100 postings of sanitary inspectors are lying vacant. So, we are forced to work extra time,” an exhausted sanitary inspector said when asked about the meme.
He added, “Apart from regular works such as disease control and inspections, we have to report to meetings held frequently in the headquarters as well as in zonal offices.”
— Rudhran Baraasu, Chennai