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NCSK recommends setting up of State Commission for Safai Karamcharis

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KOHIMA, OCTOBER 12: In order to address the plights of manual scavengers in Nagaland, Chairman of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, M Venkatesan has recommended for the setting up of State Commission for Safai Karamcharis in Nagaland on October 12.
This assurance was made by the Chairman, NCSK, during an interactive programme with manual scavengers at Kohima Municipal Council’s office.

After learning that none of the Safai Karamcharis of Kohima have availed benefits and schemes under Self-Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMC), Micro Credit Finances and insurance coverages, he said, “We will recommend to the Chief Minister to constitute a State Commission for Safai Karamcharis in order to address this issue better.”
Chairman NCSK also assured that a letter will be written to the Chief Minister to enhance the salary of both the permanent and temporarily employed Safai Karamcharis in Nagaland. He also recommended that camps should be organized for the manual scavengers so that all the paper works of the employees are being collected and tabulated in order to disburse various benefits in an effective manner.
Venkatesan also took note of a common grievances faced by all Safai Karmacharis wherein they have to buy brooms from their own pocket. In this regard, he said that it is the responsibility of the municipality to provide such equipment and encouraged them to report such instances to the National Commission where actions towards the offending authority or officer will be taken.
Earlier during the programme, Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie extended welcome to the NCSK Chairman, M Venkatesan and also expressed hope that his visit and interaction with the Safai Karamcharis will bear fruitful results.
NCSK Chairman interacts with State Govt. officials
Venkatesan also interacted with Nagaland State Government officials at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat conference hall, Kohima today.
The Chairman stated that there are various schemes and programmes in place initiated by the Government of India for the benefit of Safai Karamcharis and their families. The State Government machineries should work towards creating awareness so that the targeted beneficiaries avail the benefits, he said.

He also called on the Government to emulate success stories of other States in the country and look after the welfare of the karamcharis across the State.
The Chairman also acknowledged the service of media personnel, police, State Government officials and Safai Karamcharis for the sacrifice made during this pandemic.
It was observed that most of the sanitation works across that State are not aware of the various schemes provided by the Government of India and it was necessary that the workers are made aware and educated so that they can avail the benefits.
The meeting was chaired by Principal Secretary P&AR, Ramakrishnan, while Commissioner & Secretary Sarah R Ritse proposed the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)