Gyalshing, July 18 (IPR)
The Meeting with Member of National Commission for Safaikarmacharis, Manamandleshwar Swami Sadanand Maharaj on “Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers Act, 2013” was organised here at the conference hall of Zilla Bhawan, Kyongsha, West Sikkim on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by District Collector, Karma R. Bonpo(IAS), SP West Tenzing Loden Lepcha (IPS), ADC K.L Lepcha, SDM(HQ), ADC(Dev), HRDD Addl. Director, BDO/Yuksam, MEO/Gyalshing, SWO, Sr.WO, Labour Inspector, representatives of Safaikarmacharis etc.
The agenda of the meeting was to review the implementation of Manual Scavengers Act, 2013.Study and evaluation of the economic and educational conditions of Safaikarmacharis and review of re-survey of Manual Scavengers.
While addressing the gathering, Maharaj informed that the prime duty of the commission is for overall welfare and development of the Safai Karmacharis. In this direction, the Commission for Safai Karmacharis has been established by the Government of India to resolve the problems and grievances faced by the Safai Karmacharis in the state. Taking into the consideration of their social status, facilities and opportunities for the removal of inequality and other innovative programmes are taken up by the Commission. It was delight to visit Sikkim and to know that no manual scavenging exists here and overwhelmed with the condition of safaikarmacharis working in Sikkim, he concluded.
In the interaction session, Chairman (Gyalshing Municipal Council), I.K Neopaney and Addl. Director UD&HD, D. R Thapa apprised the Member about the various basic facilities provided to the safaikarmacharis working under Gyalshing Municipal Council and UD&HD. Sikha Sharma, Bazar Inspector, highlighted some problems faced by the safaikarmacharis before the member of the commission like provision of housing facilities, sponsoring higher education of the siblings etc.
The safaikarmacharis present in the meeting expressed their satisfaction with the facilities being provided to them.
At the outset Tushar G.Nikhare(IAS),SDM(HQ) delivered the welcome address and the meeting concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Shri. D. R Thapa, Addl Director/UD&HD.