To ensure that pourakarmikas who have been recruited on a contract basis are absorbed, the state government has decided to abolish contract system of recruitment at the urban local bodies before April 2017. And also all steps have been taken to eradicate manual scavenging, said Karnataka State Safai Karmachari Commission Chairman Narayan, here on Sunday.
He said that pourakarmikas who have been hired on a contract basis across the state will be paid salary directly through the government, thus avoiding the interference of middlemen. Once the process is completed, the pourakarmikas will be able to get all benefits on par with Group TY employees on or before April 2017 and each pourakarmika will get a minimum of Rs 16,000 per month as salary. The government is spending an additional Rs 364 crore towards regularisation of the services of the pourakarmikas, he added.
“There are an estimated 35,000 pourakarmikas who are working on a contract basis for the past 15 to 16 years across the state. For more than 15 years they have been cheated by middlemen who gobbled up a major part of their salary and also declined to deposit their PF and ESI duly. In the end, all that a porakarmika got was anywhere between Rs 4,500 and Rs Rs 6,500 instead of Rs 9000, or Rs 241 per day as fixed by the state government,” he added.
Taking note of this, the state cabinet has decided to abolish the contract labour system, Narayan said.
Also a decision was taken to provide free treatment to all pourakarmikas. In addition to this, financial assistance to pourakarmikas of Rs 7.5 lakh including a subsidy of Rs 6 lakh towards construction of houses will be awarded, said Narayan.
MANUAL SCAVENGING RE-SURVEY
“Central government during its survey mentioned that there were nearly 15,375 manual scavengers across the state. The state government, however, has declined to accept the results of the survey. Hence, a re-survey will be taken up across the state. The re-survey will be taken up in the city from next month. Soon after the manual scavengers are identified, efforts will be stepped up to rehabilitate them through providing proper education and health facilities to scavengers and their family members,” explained Narayan.