Among invitees to Republic Day, nurses, safai karamcharis and autorickshaw drivers
The Indian Express Delhi|January 26, 2022
AMONG THE 565 ‘special invitees' to the Republic Day Parade this year are 250 construction workers, 115 safai karamcharis, 100 autorickshaw drivers and 100 healthcare workers.

Ashok Kumar, safai karamchari

The 52-year-old has been a safai karamchari with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) for nearly 25 years now. He lives in Ghaziabad with his wife and three children, works at Connaught Place, and has never watched the Republic Day parade before. “We have worked hard through the Covid waves, and have done our duties as we were told to... We have kept the place clean, working non-stop," he said. On an average day, Kumar works from 6 am to 2 pm or from 2 pm to 10 pm, depending on the shift he is assigned. So far, he said, he has been able to keep Covid at bay. "Bhagwaan ki kripa se theekthaak duty kar raha hoon (By god's grace, I'm fine),” he said.

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