National Commission for Safai Karamcharis recommended to make it a Permanent and Statutory Body

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Who: National Commission for Safai Karamcharis
Where: New Delhi
What: Presented its Annual Report 2014-15
When: 11 December 2015

National Commission for Safai Karamcharis presented its Annual Report 2014-15 to the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot on 11 December 2015.

In its Annual Report, the Commission has made following important recommendations:

  • Make the Commission a permanent and statutory body with powers of Civil Court to lend it more credibility
  • The Contract system should be abolished and ensure payment of minimum wages for Safai Karamcharis
  • Death victims among Safai Karamcharis should be compensated with a minimum 10 lakh rupees as has already been ordered by the Supreme Court
    • Protection of rights, ensuring risk allowance, implementation of effective financing schemes for rehabilitation of Safai Karamcharis, etc.,
    • Need for strengthening the Commission with regard to budget allocations as well as staff strength

    About National Commission for Safai Karamcharis

    National Commission for Safai Karamcharis was constituted on 12 August 1994 for a period of 3 years under the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act, 1993. It was constituted to promote and safeguard the interests and rights of Safai Karamcharis.

    The Commission comprises of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and five Members.  All the members of the Commission are nominated from amongst the persons of eminence connected with the socio-economic development and welfare of Safai Karamcharis, by the Central Government. It also provides that at least one of the Members shall be a woman.

    The Commission is an ad hoc body, the term of which is extended from time to time. The Chairman of the Current Commission is M Shivanna and its tenure is set to expire on 31 March 2016.