Separate body for empowering pourakarmikas on the cards

Separate body for empowering pourakarmikas on the cards

Submitted by Rashmi on Mon, 2016-07-11 19:47 Mysuru: The state government is thinking of setting up a Safai Karamchari Development Corporation for the empowerment of pourakarmika families, said Safai Karamchari Commission Chairman Narayan during a meeting at the DC office.The corporation will benefit 35,000 pourakarmikas in the state, he said, adding that the government had allocated Rs50 crore for starting the corporation which would take care of employees’ health, education and rehabilitation programmes. “The government is also planning to increase the minimum wage of pourakarmikas to Rs14,000,” he added.On the issue of lack of health facilities for pourakarmikas, Narayan directed officials to take stringent action against contractors not debiting ESI, PF amount on behalf of pourakarmikas.The official also said that there was lack of awareness on welfare schemes among pourakrmikas. “The government has provided 10 percent reservation for children of pourakarmika in government residential schools like Morarji Desai Residential School and Rani Chennamma Residential Schools, where there is no entrance examination for children of pourakarmikas,” said Narayan, adding that the government will sponsor their education up to graduation level.Pourakarmikas refuse to shift to housesPourakarmikas are refusing to shift to the houses constructed by Karnataka Slum board citing lack of facilities. The slum board had constructed 546 houses in a five-acre land near Mandakalli airport, almost 10 kilometres from the city. However, pourakarmikas are refusing to shift saying that the houses lack basic facilities such as power, water, transportation, schools.