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ODISHA GOVT LAUNCHES ‘GARIMA’ SCHEME FOR SANITATION WORKERS

ODISHA GOVT LAUNCHES ‘GARIMA’ SCHEME FOR SANITATION WORKERS

Context

The Odisha government launched a welfare scheme for sanitation workers to ensure their safety and dignity.

Details-About the Scheme

  • It aims to identify the registration of core sanitation workers and ensures provision of necessary machines and appropriate PPEs (personal protection equipment) for  safe working conditions.
  • All core sanitation workers will also receive training to improve their skills.
  • Other benefits include :
    • Introduction of a special category of wages for core sanitation work.
    • Introduction of Risk Hardship allowance.
    • Financial assistance to the families in the event of an accident or injury.
    • Financial support in the form of House Grant and purchase of two wheelers to the extent of 90 per cent of the cost.
  • Also, all core sanitation workers will get access to EPF, retirement benefits, post service benefits and illness allowance and financial security will be provided to the core sanitation workers and their families.
  • The Government of Odisha will also provide welfare benefits like health and life insurance, disability support, periodic health check-ups, housing, educational support, mobility support and mobile support.
  • For the scheme, a dedicated corpus fund of ₹ 50 crore will be initially created, along with constituting a State Commission for Core Sanitation Workers. The scheme will be implemented in all the 114 urban local bodies of Odisha.

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