Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) on Monday raised a demand for declaring its employees as COVID-19 frontline workers.
While raising the demand, mayor of the IMC, L Lokeshwor said that the employees of the corporation, particularly the public health and sanitation section, have been actively engaging in various COVID-19 related works within its area of operation.
The staff of the IMC are not only engaging in the mass sanitization of areas declared as COVID-19 containment zones but also in the disposal of the dead bodies of COVID-19 victims.
The staff are also discharging their duties in cleaning and collection of waste at the Covid care centres, the mayor said.
Performing such COVID-19 related tasks, the staff are prone to exposure to the virus, he said, and drew the attention of the state government to declare the employees of the corporation.
They should be given the benefits of being the frontline workers announced by the government from time to time, he added.
Among others, the state government is currently giving priority to the frontline workers in the ongoing vaccination against COVID-19.
The mayor raised the demand during a mass COVID-19 testing of employees of the IMC staff on Monday at its office premises in Imphal.
During the testing, a highly reliable source said that two employees were found to have been exposed to the virus.