Insurance cover, regularization, PF lined up: Sops for Safai Karamcharis in Kashmir
Srinagar, Dec 20:
Safai Karamcharis have a reason to rejoice as Jammu and Kashmir government is
all set to implement National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act in the Union
Territory in a bid regularize the unsung
heroes of cleanliness and bring them under insurance cover.
reveal that there are 3300 Safai Karamcharies in Srinagar alone, of whom only
1600 are regular employees while rest are daily wagers.
“For the first time, there will be an
organization that will work for the welfare of Safai Karamcharies of Jammu and
Kashmir,” said an official of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).
Karamchari Union, Ghulam Mohammad Solina said they have been facing step
motherly treatment from the government for years. “Government has always
neglected us. There is not a single scheme for the welfare of Safai Karamcharis
in J&K,” he said
Solina said Safai
Karamcharis work 365 days without taking day off. “We face acute manpower
crunch. We are overburdened with work. Plus we receive meager salaries. Our
daily wagers receive their salaries after four months delay,” he said
pinned hope on National Commission to redress their grievances. “The Commission
will work for the betterment of Safai Karamcharis,” he said.
Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act has recommended specific programmes of
action towards the elimination of inequalities in status, facilities and
opportunities for Safai Karamcharis under a time-bound plan.
evaluate the implementation of the programmes and schemes relating to the
social and economic rehabilitation of Safai Karamcharis and make
recommendations to the Central, State and UT Government for better
co-ordination and implementation of such programmes and schemes,” the Act
National Commission for Safai Karamchari, Manhar Valjibhai Zala told The
Kashmir Monitor that they are planning to visit Srinagar in the first week of
February to conduct a survey in the Union Territory.
“We will pass the
direction to constitute Commission in the new UT. Due to Article 370, the Act
was not implemented in J&K and with the result Safai Karamcharis faced many
problems”, he said.
During a visit to
Srinagar in June this year, a team of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis
found that certain laws pertaining to Safai Karamcharis were being violated
Zala, who was
heading the team, found that the provident fund of Safai Karamcharis is not
deducted from the salaries, which is a violation of labour laws.
also learned that there is no life insurance policy specifically meant for
Safai Karamcharis. Plus there was no departmental medical check-up conducted on