NCSK directs State Govt to look into welfare of safai karmacharis

NCSK directs State Govt to look into  welfare of safai karmacharis
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Kohima, February 17: The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment today directed the Nagaland Government to initiate welfare measures for Safai Karmacharis (cleanliness workers) under various departments and urban local bodies of the State.
Addressing media persons after interacting with Safai Karamcharis and representatives from various Government departments at Kohima Municipal Council conference hall here Monday, the Commission chairman, Manhar Valjibhai Zala lauded that there are no manual scavengers in the State.
He, however, asked the State authorities to constitute District Vigilance Monitoring Committee as per the Manual Scavenging Act, 2013 for the welfare of safai karmacharis, which it observed is lacking in the State.
Zala said that the commission will look into the request of safai karamcharis for increase in their wages which is presently fixed at Rs 6000.
Appreciating that the 68 sanctioned posts are completely filled and having 126 temporary workers, the commission directed Kohima Municipal Council and Urban Development Department to provide minimum wages, leave benefit, quality safety kits, housing facilities and medical facilities to the safai karamcharis.
The commission said that all safai karamcharis should get a health card under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana and housing facilities under Prime Minister Awaj Yojana. It also asked the authorities to provide facilities for separate changing rooms and bathroom with water facilities for ladies and gents cleanliness workers.
He also directed that safai karamcharis should get promotion according to seniority while the educational expenses of their children will be borne by the Government of India.
These facilities should be provided as per the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act of 1993, he informed while adding that the responsibility should be taken up by Urban Development and Municipal Council.
Jala also suggested that the respective ULBs and departments should institute annual award for the best safai karmachari award in order to encourage them.
Principal Secretary, Government of Nagaland, Himato Zhimomi, Deputy Commissioner Kohima Thejawelie Gregory Sote and Kohima Municipal Council administrator Kovi Meyase were also present during the press briefing.
Meanwhile, the commission chairman along with two of his subordinates and Kohima District administration and KMC will conduct a cleanliness drive in Kohima town on Tuesday from 9 am onwards to create awareness among the general populace, which will be followed by a free medical camp for all safai karamcharis and their family members. (Page News Service)