Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-10 13:54 Mysuru: In an attempt to regularise pourakarmikas, the state government – in its recent cabinet meeting – has decided to abolish the existing contractual system before March 217 and regularise them. The move that follows the High Court order will ensure that pourakarmikas get their salary directly from the government avoiding middlemen, said Karnataka State Safai Karmachari chairman Narayan. Speaking to mediapersons here, Narayan said pourakarmikas will get benefits akin to Group D employees once the contractual system is withdrawn. The government is spending an additional Rs 364 crore to regularise pourakarmikas and with this each pourakarmika working in city corporation will get Rs 16,000 per month, he added. “There are nearly 36,000 pourakarmikas who are working on contract basis for the past 15 to 16 years across the state. Even though they are eligible for PF and ESI benefits, they are being cheated by contractors. Worst, many of them do not have PF account. Besides, most of the pourakarmikas are not given minimum wages,” Narayan said. The government has also decided to provide free treatment to pourakarmikas and also extend financial support to pourakarmikas towards construction of houses. Expressing concern over manual scavengers, Narayan said during a survey conducted by the Central government, it was found that there are nearly 15,375 manual scavengers across the state. However, state feels that there could be more and hence will conduct another survey next month. Manual scavengers will be identified and rehabilitated as the government plans to abolish the system.