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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Facilities to Sanitation Workers

Public health and sanitation is a State Subject and it is the responsibility of the State Governments and Urban Local Bodies to plan, design, implement, operate and maintain waste management system. Some of the Urban Local Bodies are engaging private contractors/ private sectors in some of the activities of collection, segregation, street sweeping, transportation and treatment of waste.

Under the provision of Minimum Wages Act, 1948, both Central and State Governments are appropriate Governments to fix, review and revise the minimum wages for different categories of workers employed in the scheduled employment under their respective jurisdictions. In Central Sphere the area-wise rates of minimum wages fixed for sweeping and cleaning work with effect from 01.04.2013 are Rs.297/- in Area A, Rs.246/- in Area B and Rs.198/- in Area C.

It is the responsibility of the State Governments to take action for violation of labour laws relating to non-payment of salary and wages against agencies/employers falling in State Sphere. In Central Sphere the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) Organization enforces the provision of various labour laws and takes appropriate action for violation of labour laws.

The Central Government has enacted the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act, 2008 for social security of unorganized workers which includes sanitation workers. The Act provides for formulation of schemes by the Central Government for different sections of unorganised workers on matters relating to life and disability cover, health and maternity benefits and old age protection. The Act also provides for formulation of schemes by State Governments relating to provident fund, employment injury benefits, housing, educational schemes for children, skill upgradation etc.

This information was given by Minister of State for Labour & Employment Shri Kodikunnil Suresh in the Lok Sabha today in reply to a written question. 
Source : PIB Release, 29 April, 2013

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