The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the extension of the tenure of the National Commission for Safai Karmacharis (NCSK) beyond March 31, 2019, for three years.
The Commission was constituted in 1993 as per the provisions of the NCSK Act 1993 initially for the period up to March 31, 1997. Later the validity of the Act was initially extended up to March 31, 2002, and thereafter up to February 29, 2004. The NCSK Act ceased to have effect from that date.
Afterwards, its tenure has been extended as a non-statutory body from time to time. The tenure of the present Commission is up to March 31, 2019.
The major beneficiaries of the proposal would be the Safai Karamcharis and persons engaged in manual scavenging in the country since the NCSK will work for their welfare and upliftment, an official press release said.
The number of manual scavengers identified under the MS Act Survey as on January 31, 2019, is 14,226. The numbers under the National Survey undertaken by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment at the behest of NITI Aayog is 31,128 as on January 31 this year.
The NCSK has been giving its recommendations to the Government regarding specific programmes for the welfare of Safai Karamcharis, study and evaluate the existing welfare programmes, investigate cases of specific grievances etc.
Also, as per the provisions of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 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.
"Though 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. Further, the practice of manual scavenging is still prevalent in the country and its eradication continues to be an area of the highest priority for the Government," an official press release said.
"Hence, the Government feels that there is a continued need to monitor the various interventions and initiatives for their welfare and to achieve the goal of complete eradication of the practice of manual scavenging in the country," the release added.
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