The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) on 23 November 2017 suggested NITI Aayog to bring some welfare schemes for Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers under its purview.
Manhar Valji Bhai Zala, Chairman of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, along with the members Manju Diler, Dilip K Hathibed and Swami Sadanand Maharaj shared their views and concerns on various issues of Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers.
• The commission raised the issue of empowering the Commission by making it a statutory or constitutional body and confer it with the powers of a civil court so that it can discharge its mandate effectively.
• It suggested for speedy implementation of The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013.
• It suggested for getting the survey of Manual Scavengers done through an independent third party having adequate representation of volunteers or activists from communities engaged in manual scavenging.
Presently, the role of the Commission is restricted to monitoring the implementation of schemes for welfare of Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers. It has no scheme of its own.
Taking note of this, the Commission suggested that some of the welfare schemes for Safai Karamcharis shall be brought under its purview.
New Chairperson of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Manhar Valjibhai Zala assumed office
When: 23 November 2017