Bangalore: Union Government is considering
giving a better deal to "neglected-lot" of Safai Karmcharis
engaged by civic bodies in the country, Minister of Labour and
Employment M Mallikarjuna Kharge said today.
Speaking at a function where 12 millionth smart card
under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) was handed over,
he rued the plight of Safai Karmacharis saying they were
getting a raw deal.
"Safai Karmcharis are made permanent only selectively
while 75 per cent of them continue to be on daily wages
deprived of benefits", Kharge said, adding, corporations and
municipalities treat them "shabbily" without providing the
essentials such as gloves, clothing and other safety gadgets.
He said his Ministry had already held discussions with
Social Welfare Department and officials of the Finance
Ministry to come out with "special wages" for Safai
Karmcharis and improve their lot.
RSBY, a health insurance scheme for workers (the
BPL-below poverty line families) of the unorganised sector, is
being implemented in five districts of Bangalore Rural,
Mysore, Dakshina Kannada, Belgaum and Shimoga.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and the state Labour
Minister B N Bache Gowda said the scheme would be extended to
all the districts of Karnataka.
Kharge said a regional provident fund office would be
opened in north Karnataka, while there were also proposals to
start sub-regional ESI hospitals in the country.