Chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karmcharis, Manhar Valjibhai Zala directed the officials of the local bodies to ensure that the minimum wages at the rate of Rs 316 per day must be given to the sanitation staff outsourced through Uttarakhand Purv Sainik Kalyan Nigam Limited (UPNL), ward sanitation committees and also to ensure that they receive their hike according to the government mandate from January 2019 till now.
He said this in a review meeting on Friday with various departmental officers and local bodies’ officials. The meeting was held to discuss the schemes, programs and other work related issues.
He also said that other than promoting the educated sanitary workers to the posts of clericals, supervisors and sanitary inspectors, their salary must be paid accordingly. He also expedited the work of employing the dependents of the deceased in various local bodies. He also said that the work related to the construction of houses for the sanitary workers under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) should be initiated. He also instructed the revenue and corporation officials to select the housing land for these workers.
Along with making available good quality cleaning equipments, gloves and more to the workers, he directed the officials to make arrangements related to EPF, ESI, leaves, medical check-ups and safety. He said that the facilities along with salaries must be provided to the sanitary workers within the stipulated time. He asked the officials to present an action taken report and to ensure that the workers benefit from the schemes like insurance and Atal Ayushman Bharat.
Zala expressed his displeasure about the absence of district magistrate, municipal commissioner and other officials. He said a monitoring committee must be setup at the tehsil level as well along with the district level. He said health check-up camps must be set up twice a year for the sanitation workers in their areas. He said loan facilities must be provided to the sanitation workers as per the guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He said that women sanitation workers must be deployed to the duty after 8 am so that they can give enough time to their children in the morning and prepare them for school. He gave instructions to social welfare departments to promote various welfare schemes for the workers. He also gave instructions to the social welfare department to provide an aid of Rs 10 lakh to the families of the workers who died while working in the Max hospital and other places and police to take action swiftly in these cases.
Member secretary of the National Commission for Safai Karmcharis, Mahendra Prasad gave information about the schemes made for sanitation workers at the central commission level.
It was also informed in the meeting that a health camp will be organised for the workers and their families on Friday. It was informed that a state level review committee meeting will be conducted on Friday where problems and issues faced by the sanitation workers will be raised and efforts will be made to resolve them.