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Corpn deploys 40 sanitary inspectors in worst-hit zones

Bolstering the city’s fight against the pandemic that is spreading each passing day, the Chennai Corporation has deployed 40 sanitary inspectors drawn from other urban local bodies in the worst-hit zones.

Corpn deploys 40 sanitary inspectors in worst-hit zones


According to a Chennai Corporation order, 40 sanitary inspectors were drawn from Tirupur, Vellore, Hosur, Dindigul, Erode and Thanjavur Corporations, and from municipalities including Pollachi, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Ooty and Pattukottai. All the deputed sanitary inspectors have been allocated divisions in worst-affected zones – Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, Anna Nagar, Teynampet and Kodambakkam – in the core city area. Adyar is the only core city zone where temporary sanitary inspectors have not deputed, as the number of cases is comparatively less.

The move has brought huge relief to the sanitary inspectors of the Corporation, who are overworked since the outbreak due to staff shortage. The Corporation should have 200 sanitary inspectors, one each for the 200 divisions, and 32 sanitary inspectors for issuing birth and death certificates. However, there are only 105 sanitary inspectors, with each of them overseeing operations in two or more divisions.

“The sanitary inspectors from other local bodies are appointed on temporary basis. Once COVID-19 spread is brought under control, they will return. The deputed sanitary inspectors have been allocated at divisions with vacancy,” said an official source.

This apart, around 500 public health students have been appointed as interns.

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