Manual Scavenging is heinous Crime and Needs to be Eradicated: Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment

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NEW DELHI: Manual scavenging is such a heinous crime as man is cleaning others excreta so if needs to be totally eradicated and Private and Public sector companies has to work along-with the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to work to eradicate this social evil said Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment.

Addressing the workshop on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility- Swachh, Swastha & Samruddh Bharat ki Ore’ organized by National Safai Karamchari Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC) Gehlot said that the workshop would provide an opportunity for understanding CSR mandate under Companies Act, 2013, guidelines and Govt. directives (including Effective Planning and Implementation of CSR Agenda) and a platform for CSR implementation for the various Public and Private Sector Enterprises.

The Workshop was inaugurated by  Gehlot, in the presence of Vijay Sampla, MoS, SJE, Anita Agnihotri, Secretary, SJE and other senior officers from the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, NSKFDC, and dignitaries from other Govt. Departments/Apex Corporations.

IndiaCSR Awards Logo (2)The workshop was organized by National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC), a Govt. of India undertaking under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, working for the socio-economic upliftment of the Safai Karamcharis/Scavengers and their dependants across the country.

NSKFDC is in operation since October, 1997, as an Apex Corporation for the all round socio-economic upliftment of the Safai Karamcharis, Scavengers and their dependants throughout India.

The schemes of NSKFDC are implemented through State Channelizing Agencies (SCAs) nominated by the State Governments/UT Administrations, Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) and Nationalised Banks.

The financial assistance is provided at concessional rates of interest to the SCAs/RRBs/Nationalised Banks for onward disbursement to the target group of NSKFDC.

The schemes being implemented by NSKFDC are: –

Loan Based Schemes i.e. General Term Loan, Mahila Adhikarita Yogana (MAY), Mahila Smridhi Yogana (MSY), Micro Credit Finance (MCF), Sanitation Workers Rehabilitation Scheme (SWRS), Education loan, Swachhta Udyami Yojana – ‘Swachhta Se Sampannta Ki Aur’ for Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Pay and Use Community Toilets in Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode and Procurement & Operation of Sanitation related Vehicles, Sanitary Mart Scheme and Green Business Scheme.

Under Loan based schemes, NSKFDC provides financial assistance to the Safai Karamcharis, Scavengers and their dependants through SCAs/RRBs/Nationalized Banks for any viable income generating schemes including sanitation related activities and for education in India and Abroad.

Non Loan Based Schemes like Skill Development Training programme, Job Fairs, Awareness Camps, Workshops, Marketing linkages to beneficiaries through Trade Fairs/Dilli Haat/Suraj Kund Crafts Mela. NSKFDC provides 100% grant in connection with skill development training programme and stipend of Rs. 1500 p.m. per candidate and Rs. 50000 for holding Job Fair, Rs. 30000 for Awareness Camp and Rs.25000 for Workshop etc.

As on date, NSKFDC has been able to disburse funds of Rs.1110.57 crore for covering 286800 beneficiaries and conducted Skill Development Training to 32882 candidates by releasing grant of Rs.24.29 crore.

Further, National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) an another Apex Corporation under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India is working for the upliftment of the Scheduled Castes has been able to disburse funds of Rs.3034.92 crore for covering 9.55 lac beneficiaries and conducted Skill Development Training for 73544 candidates by releasing grant of Rs.65.27 crore.

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