Samuthirakani among 4 Swachh ambassadors of Madurai Corpn

Madurai Corporation appointed four famous personalities as ‘Swachh Ambassadors’, on Monday, to increase awareness among residents to keep the city clean and to improve the ranking of Madurai in ‘Swachh Survekshan’ .
Samuthirakani among 4 Swachh ambassadors of Madurai Corpn
‘Swachh ambassadors’ honoured by Madurai Corporation Commissioner S Aneesh Sekhar, on Monday


Actor and director P Samuthirakani, Professor G Gnanasambandam, TV star ‘Madurai’ Muthu and Radio Jockey Ramana, who were appointed by Madurai Corporation, were introduced at a function that was organised in the temple city on Monday. 
Madurai Corporation Commissioner S Aneesh Sekhar said that Madurai Corporation is trying its best to deliver the message of ‘clean Madurai’ to people and asked them to take the campaign very seriously. He said that all the four, who are also sons of the soil, would work among the people to create awareness about cleanliness. He also said that in January, as part of Swachh Survekshan, a team from the centre would visit Madurai and inspect the city. Commissioner explained that three important parameters are used by the team to assess the cleanliness of a city. 
First infrastructure facilities such as machinery and workers and how the cleaning works are undertaken are assessed. The team will also see whether the cleaning works are undertaken scientifically. Secondly, they would directly observe the public places and assess segregation of wastes. More marks will be given for direct observation. He also said that the per capita waste generation which is at present at 0.5 kilogram should be reduced. “People should begin to use eco-friendly bags and reduce usage of plastic,” said Commissioner. Thirdly, steps will be taken to directly interact with the people. 
Here, the team will  throw questions at the public about the measures undertaken to keep the city clean. People will be asked to compare the works undertaken this year with the previous year. “If they get positive answers, Madurai will climb up in the ranking,” said the Commissioner. The ‘Swachh Ambassadors’, in their addresses, asked the people to keep the city clean. They also asked the students to take forward the message of a clean city to everyone. 
Activists demand ID card for manual scavengers
Members from Legal Awareness Coordination Team, Madurai, on Monday demanded the district administration to distribute ID cards for manual scavengers.
In the petition submitted to the Madurai district administration, they had stated that as per the provisions of The Prohibition of Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act of 2013, manual scavengers should be given ID cards and rehabilitated.
There are more than 350 manual scavengers in the district and an awareness programme on manual scavenging has been undertaken for them by their team. With their signatures, a demand to issue ID card was placed before the Madurai district administration, but the ID cards were not issued till now.
So, another set of 150 signatures was obtained and a fresh demand was made to Madurai district administration to issue ID cards for them. But, nothing worked.
The team said that Madurai district administration is refusing to issue ID cards for them because once the cards are issued, the district administration has to take up rehabilitation works for them.
Also, most of them are contract and daily wage earners and so they do not have even retirement benefits. Rehabilitation is their only hope and so the district administration should recognise them, demanded the members.

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