Gangtok, 17 May [IPR]: Chairman, National Commission for Safai Karmacharis, Manhar Valjibhai Zala, has expressed happiness at Sikkim being the only State in India where Safai Karmacharis are living with great respect and dignity and made special mention of Safai Karmacharis under Gangtok Municipal Corporation being officially recognized as ‘Gangtok Beautifiers’.
The NCSF chairperson was addressing a press conference this afternoon to share the outcome of his meetings with the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Department heads, State Government functionaries, Gangtok Municipal Corporation councilors and Nagar Panchayats and Safai Karmacharis from all four district headquarters.
Mr Zala further informed media-persons about the discussions and suggestions put forth by the Commission regarding issues relating to safai karmacharis and Manual Scavengers for the State of Sikkim and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013.
He also spoke about various issues related to safai karmacahris which were discussed, their grievances and demands, health insurance, education facilities, housing/accommodation schemes, loans, salary/pension, recruitment, orientation, medical camps for the welfare of the safai karmacharis.
He also informed that a recommendation to form a State Commission for Safai Karmacharis has been submitted to the Government of Sikkim.
This, he added will aid in the socialeconomic development of the safai karmacharis.
He said that all the meetings chaired by him during his visit ended on a fruitful note and expressed his satisfaction to see the standard maintained for safai karmacharis within the State.
He urged every individual to be more aware about the schemes, facilities and initiatives undertaken by the Central and State Government.
Earlier, Chief Secretary AK Shrivastava, while addressing the meeting chaired by the Chairman National Safai Karmachari Board stated that Sikkim is perhaps the only State where manual scavenging is not practiced and Safai Karmacharis live with dignity and respect and enjoy adequate facilities provided by the Government.
He added that there has not been a single death of Safai Karmachari while cleaning potholes or sewage.
The Chairman was accompanied in the meeting by Secretary, National Commission for Safai Karmacharis, Narayan Das and Principal Private Secretary to the Chairman, Mahenk Prasad.