Chandigarh, April 04: Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal has today announced a bonanza of welfare schemes in the interest of sanitation workers. Now the monthly salary of sanitation workers working in rural areas has been increased from Rs 12,000 to Rs 14,000 per month and the monthly salary of sanitation workers working in urban areas has been increased from Rs 15,000 to Rs 16,000 per month. Instead of getting a monthly salary of Rs. 10.000, the Sewerage Man will now get Rs 12,000 per month. While ensuring salaries on time without any delay, the Chief Minister said that in case of delay in salary, the salary of sanitary workers will be paid from the amount of Rs. 1 crore that has been provided to the Deputy Commissioner. He said that even then if there is a delay in the payment of salaries due to some reason then they will get an additional compensation of Rs 500 along with the salary of next month. Besides this, there will be no diversion of budget allocated by the Finance Department for the salaries of Sanitary Workers.
The Chief Minister made these announcements at ‘Safai Mitra Utthan Sammelan’ in Karnal on Sunday.
He said that high-risk conditions prevail in sewage cleaning works. For the protection of sanitary workers, new technology has been introduced in Rewari and Gurugram in the State. Under the new arrangements, all sewage main holes will be connected to sensors. In case of overflow in sewage main hole, there will be an alert in the concerned office and cleaning will be done by machines.
He said that an insurance compensation of Rs 10 lakh is provided to the family of the workers engaged in sewage cleaning. Upon the death of the workers engaged in works other than sewage cleaning, a benefit of Rs. 5 lakh will be provided under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Suraksha Bima Yojana while a sum of Rs 2 lakh will be provided after the natural death of the worker.
The Chief Minister announced that according to the rules, the benefit of the Ex-gratia is provided to regular employees. In the future, this benefit will be provided to all on-roll sanitary workers. Sanitary workers having an annual income of up to Rs 1.80 lakh will be able to take a collateral-free loan for the education of their children and if a person is not able to pay such a loan, then it will be compensated by the State Government. Training will be provided for the job of sewer man and only those who have obtained a certificate for the same will be allowed for sewage cleaning works. The Chief Minister said that he will look into the demands given by Chairman of ‘Haryana Safai Karmchari Ayog, Er. Krishan Kumar.
The Chief Minister announced that in the future, priority would be given to senior sanitation workers engaged on a contract basis working for 10-15 years to give the contract for the salary of the sanitation workers.
Sh. Manohar Lal said that the work of making Parivar Pechan Patra (PPP) is under progress in the State. The sanitary workers who didn’t get their PPP issued can get it prepared soon to get the benefits of welfare schemes. The benefit of all the welfare schemes is linked to PPP. For this, the work of verifying self-declared annual income is in progress. The data that will be collected will be used to make provisions to help increase the income of families with an income of Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 lakh and then to Rs. 1.80 lakh by providing suitable employment opportunities. All the families having annual income below Rs. 1.80 lakh will be identified under the category of BPL.
He said that the State Government is making efforts to implement the principles of Antyodaya in the state. Expressing concern over the growing cases of COVID-19 he said that everyone should follow the prescribed guidelines of COVID-19 to contain the spread of this disease.