The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has introduced
several new policies and ideas for the betterment of its employees as well as
the general public. The BMC employs about 125,000 people, out of which 70,000
are categorized Class 3 and 20,000 as Class 4. In a new policy with the aim to
increase the productivity of its Class 3 and 4 employees, the management has
planned to decrease the time taken to travel to work. This was borne out of the
recent decrease in the efficiency of the workers, especially the ones who
travel more than 2 hours to work.
They are planning to achieve this
by posting the first set of BMC staff, which includes nurses, ward boys and
technicians, at hospitals located in the vicinity of the rail-head closest to
their homes. Employees will be posted at a medical care facility located near
Western, Central and Harbor railway lines along which they live, so they will
not be required to switch trains to get to work. After the scheme has been
applied for to all the new recruits and transfers that are imminent in the
health department, the BMC plans to apply this new policy to the city's civic
Also, in a new innovative way,
the BMC has come up with two short films of which one is an animated cartoon
movie that highlights the importance of healthy eating and how it can be
incorporated in one's life to prevent diabetes and hypertension. This was part
of the anti diabetes and anti obesity drive that BMC has undertaken. The
animated movie targets the kids and creating awareness in their young minds.
The civic administration has
recently tested 12,695 people from Mumbai at 92 camps to check blood sugar
across the city. At these camps it was found that about 773 people had abnormal
sugar levels and they were asked to undergo further tests.
Although the civic body's drive showed a 6% prevalence of
diabetes in the city, other studies have pegged it at 10% along with another
15% who are in the pre-diabetes stage. According to recent statistics, about
60% of the deaths occur due to non-communicable diseases. Hence it is
considered very important to educate people about the problems of obesity and
diabetes and the initiative taken by BMC is a big step in creating awareness.