Cabinet Extends Tenure of National Commission for Safai Karmacharis for Three Years

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The major beneficiaries would be the Safai Karamcharis and identified manual scavengers in the country since the National Commission for Safai Karmacharis for 3 more years beyond 31.3.2022

The Newster

Union Minister Anurag Thakur

The Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to extend the tenure of National Commission for Safai Karmacharis (NCSK) for another three years. The Commission tenure was about to be completed on March 31 this year.

The total implication of the extension for three years would be approximately Rs.43.68 crore.

The major beneficiaries would be the Safai Karamcharis and identified manual scavengers in the country since the NCSK for 3 more years beyond 31.3.2022. There is total 58098 manual scavengers who have been identified under the MS Act Survey as on 31.12.2021.

The NCSK has been giving its recommendations to the Government regarding specific programmes for welfare of Safai Karamcharis, study and evaluate the existing welfare programmes for Safai Karamcharis, investigate cases of specific grievances etc. 

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Also as per the provisions of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, the NCSK has been assigned the work to monitor the implementation of the Act, tender advice for its effective implementation to the Centre and State Governments and enquire into complaints regarding contravention/non-implementation of the provisions of the Act. 

The Government has taken many steps for the upliftment of the Safai Karamcharis, the deprivation suffered by them in socio-economic and educational terms is still far from being eliminated.  Although manual scavenging has been almost eradicated, sporadic instances do occur.  Hazardous cleaning of sewer/septic tanks continues to be an area of the highest priority for the Government.  Hence, the Government feels that there is a continued need to monitor the various interventions and initiatives of the Government for welfare of Safai Karamcharis and to achieve the goal of complete mechanization of sewer/septic tanks cleaning in the country and rehabilitation of manual scavengers. 

The NCSK was established in the year 1993 as per the provisions of the NCSK Act 1993 initially for the period upto 31.3.1997.  Later the validity of the Act was initially extended upto 31.3.2002 and thereafter upto 29.2.2004.  The NCSK Act ceased to have effect from 29.2.2004.  After that the tenure of the NCSK has been extended as a non-statutory body from time to time through resolutions.  The tenure of the present Commission is upto 31.3.2022.

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