For the first time, state government has planned to set up Safai Karamchari Development Corporation exclusively for an empowerment of Pourakarmika families which will be a reality in a few months time. During the progressive meeting held at Deputy Commissioner office on Friday, Safai Karamchari Commission Chairman Narayan said that the SKDC will benefit 35,000 Pourakarmikas in the state. “It is the first constitutional body to intend to empower the Pourakarikas,” he underlined.
Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, Mysuru City Corporation Commissioner C G Betsurmath, Development Officer Prabhuswamy, executive officers, chief officers from various departments took part in the meeting.
Narayan pointed that government has allocated Rs 50 crore for setting up SKDC. “It will take care of employees’ health, education and rehabilitation programmes. The government has also planned to increase the minimum wage of Pourakarmikas to Rs 14,000,” he added.
Observing lack of healthcare for Pourakarmikas, Narayan directed officials to take stringent action against contractors who are found flouting rules.
“As per national survey, most Pourakarmikas suffer from serious health problems and there is a need of conduct regular screening camps at district centres and also at taluk level, he felt.
He also said there is lack of awareness on welfare schemes meant for empowering Pourakrmikas.. “The government has provided 10 percent reservation for Pourakarmika children in government residential schools like Morarji Desai Residential School and Rani Chennamma Residential Schools. Government will fund their education up to graduation which will go a long way in improving their standards,” he added.