T. Venkatiah, a GHMC sanitation worker, has been named the “Best Worker in India” by the Ministry of Urban Development for his tireless work. Mr. Venkataiah, who is the only one selected from Telangana, is among the top three in the country to be honoured with the award. The 49 year old will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 6 at the launch of the Swach Survekshan 2017 in New Delhi.

Srinivas Reddy, Commissioner of the GHMC South Zone said, “Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the GHMC was invited to nominate the best sanitary workers based on their performance. Ten from the GHMC were identified and nominated. Among them was Venkaiah. His attendance always has been 100 per cent and he does not even take weekly offs. He has a good rapport with locals and residents. He is known for the accuracy of his work, especially good segregation of waste, he is very active in sanitation works. There have been no complaints about him so far. Earlier, he has been awarded cash prizes by the GHMC commissioner for his good work.”

“I started work with a salary of Rs 1,200 and after 16 years of service I now draw Rs 10,475. My job everyday is to collect and segregate wet and dry waste. I ensure that the colonies allocated to me, like Babul Reddy Nagar, Saibaba Nagar and Mohan Reddy Nagar under Rajendranagar Circle remain clean and green without any sanitation problem,” said Venktaiah, a resident of Ganganpahad village.

Minister KTR instructed GHMC officials to make all arrangements for Venkataiah’s journey to receive the award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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