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NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR SAFAI KARAMCHARIS (NCSK) TERM EXTENSION

NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR SAFAI KARAMCHARIS (NCSK) TERM EXTENSION

Context:

On 19 January 2022, the Union Cabinet approved the extension of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) for three years beyond 31.3.2022.

Key Point:

  • The full implication of the three-year extension is approximately Rs.43.68 million.

Impact:

  • The primary beneficiaries will be Safai Karamcharis and identified the country's top manual scavengers from the NCSK for three more years beyond 31.3.2022.
  • The number of Manual Scavengers identified under the MS Act Survey as of 31.12.2021 is 58098.

NCSK:

  • It was established in 1993 in terms of the NCSK Act 1993 in the period from 31.3.1997.
  • Later, the Act was extended to 31.3.2002 and after that to 29.2.2004. NCSK Act came into effect on 29.2.2004.
  • Subsequently, the term of office of the NCSK is extended as an unauthorized body from time to time by decisions. The current Commission term is 31.3.2022.
  • In line with the provisions of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, NCSK has been tasked with monitoring the Act's implementation tender advice for effective implementation by Institutional and State Governments.
  • It has to enquire into complaints regarding contravention/non-implementation of the provisions of the Act.

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