Ensure apt implementation of welfare schemes for Safai Karamcharis: Dilip K Hathibed

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
9 Apr 2018

The member of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Mr Dilip K Hathibed has expressed serious disappointment over implementation of welfare schemes for sanitary workers in these islands.  Speaking to scribes on Monday, Mr Hathibed informed that strict directives have been issued to the Secretary and other concerned officials looking after the workforce of Safai Karamcharis to implement schemes in true earnest for which the Central Government allocates funds to the tune of crores. The National Safai Karamchari Commission provides loan facility in the range of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 50 lakh for the families of sanitary workers through the Finance Development Corporation. However, the concerned government departments here appear to be clueless of such scheme. Strict directions have been issued to ensure welfare of sanitary workers, who are no less that soldiers of this country, said Mr Hathibed.
“Under the Balmiki Housing scheme implemented throughout the country, sanitary workers of Municipal Councils, Municipal Corporations working continuously for more than 25 years are provided housing loans at low interests. The local administration has allocated land for the purpose, but implementation of the housing scheme is far from ensured. The government has schemes to support higher education for children of sanitary workers. But these islands lacks far behind in terms of implementation of such welfare schemes compared to other parts of the country. I will visit these islands after three months to review implementation of the directives issued.”
The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) was constituted on 12th August, 1994 as a statutory body by an Act of Parliament viz. ‘National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act, 1993’. The mandate of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis include recommending to the Central Government specific programmes of action towards elimination of inequalities in status, facilities and opportunities for Safai Karamcharis, study and evaluate the implementation of the programmes and schemes relating to the social and economic rehabilitation of Safai Karamcharis; and scavengers, in particular, investigate specific grievances and take suo-motu notice of matters relating to non-implementation of programmes or schemes in respect of any group of Safai Karamcharis, decisions, guidelines or instructions, aimed at mitigating the hardships of Safai Karamcharis, measures for the social and economic upliftment of Safai Karamcharis, the provisions of any law in its application to Safai Karamcharis; and take up such matters with the concerned authorities or with the Central or State Governments, to study and monitor the working conditions, including those relating to health, safety and wages of Safai Karamcharis working under various kinds of employers including Government, Municipalities and Panchayats, and to make recommendations in this regard, make reports to the Central or State Governments on any matter concerning Safai Karamcharis, taking into account any difficulties or disabilities being encountered by Safai Karamcharis or look after any other matter referred by the Central Government.