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B’luru honours street cleaners at award function

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Bengaluru: In a rare yet inspiring event, Bengaluru Political Action Committee (BPAC) hosted an awards programme that honoured those people that are often overlooked and deserve immense respect- the Pourakarmikas, those who clean the city’s streets. Gardeners who maintain parks in the city were also honoured.

BPAC is a group working to improve the conditions of the citizens of Bengaluru. According to sources, the people nominated for these awards were selected from nominations made by local NGOs and corporation officials. Duration of service, commitment to work, and punctuality were the criteria which were verified before selecting the final twenty.
One of the awardees, Lakshmi Devi, has been working as a Pourakarmika for 16 years, though this is the first time she has been rewarded for the hardwork she has done.

Speaking to the media she said: “I have been cleaning the streets for many years – and now I have an award which makes me very happy. I wish all the other workers could get this.”

Former state Lokayukta, Justice Santhosh Hegde, who was one of the guests at the award function said, “It is a wonderful initiative by BPAC to award people who have not been given recognition till now, and have often been looked down upon.”

IBPAC President, Revathy Ashok said, “The Pourakarmikas are the people who are actually keeping our cities clean and there is very little pride in the kind of work that they do. We thought that this award would set a trend because waste management is a serious concern for all of us and by instituting an award like this, it will instill pride in a job that nobody wants to think about or look at.

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