Coimbatore: The city corporation has transformed 14 temporary sanitary workers into entrepreneurs by helping them own and operate a septic tank cleaning vehicle, jetting, grabbing and rodding vehicle, and an open drain cleaning vehicle.
City mayor Kalpana Anandakumar and corporation commissioner M Sivaguru Prabakaran handed over the three vehicles to the beneficiaries on Tuesday.Through this initiative, the civic body has created an avenue for the social and economic development of the sanitary workers.

The civic body, in collaboration with the National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation, had earlier facilitated a loan of 1.33 crore for the 14 sanitary workers at a subsidy of 38% under the Sanitation Workers Rehabilitation Scheme. The scheme provides financial benefits to the sanitary workers for their rehabilitation in alternative occupations.
Temporary sanitary workers with the corporation, the 14 were drawing only a monthly pay of ₹15,000. They had expressed interest in availing the loan under the Sanitation Workers Rehabilitation Scheme.
“They need to pay only 62% of the total amount. They have seven years to repay the loan amount with a 5% interest. The first six months is a moratorium period.
They could continue their work with the corporation as well,” the corporation commissioner said.
All the three vehicles would be used for corporation work on a rental basis. The corporation has a 10-year agreement with the workers.
“The revenue generated through the vehicles will be shared with the workers. They have to maintain the vehicles, appoint drivers and pay the equated monthly instalments. After repaying the loan, they will get the full profit. It is a first-of-its-kind initiative in Coimbatore,” he said.

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