Minister of State for Ministry of SJE Inaugurates Awareness-Cum Loan Distribution Camp for Safai Karamcharies



Minister of State for Ministry of SJE Inaugurates Awareness-Cum Loan Distribution Camp for Safai Karamcharies

The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla, inaugurated an Awareness-cum-Loan Distribution Camp organized by the National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC) at Varanasi on 20.12.2014.

During the Camp about 681 safai Karamcharis from Varanasi and nearby districts of Uttar Pradesh were provided loan sanction letters of Rs.186.37 lacs for various self employment projects as per the choice of the safai karamcharis under Mahila Samridhi Yojana and Micro Credit Finance Schemes.


Speaking on the occasion, Shri Vijay Sampla emphasized the need to mechanize the sanitation work so that safety and security of the sanitation workers can be ensued and work is done in a dignified way. While mentioning the relevance of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by the Prime Minister, Shri Sampla appreciated the new Scheme of Swachhta Udyami Yojana launched by the National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation on 2nd October, 2014.

The Under the Swachhta Udyami Yojana safai karamcharis and liberated manual scavengers can start ‘Pay and Use’ toilets or take assistance for purchase of sanitation related vehicles. This Scheme has twin objective of swachhta and providing livelihood to safai karamcharis and liberated manual scavengers to achieve the overall goal of “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”.

The Minister of State also launched another Scheme ‘Sanitary Mart’. Safai Karamcharis can start Sanitary Mart with a total cost upto Rs. 15 lakh for which concessional loan at 4% p.a. would be provided. The marts would sell sanitation related items like phenyl, brooms, soaps, dusters and material used in construction of toilet etc.

Shri Sudhir Bhargava, Secretary, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment mentioned that there is a provision of providing capital subsidy upto Rs. 3.25 lakh under these Schemes to each identified manual scavenger. He also informed that under the “Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013” manual cleaning of sewers and septic tanks has been banned in the country from December 6, 2014.

Present on the occasion were Shri Sudhir Bhargava, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Sanjeev Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri M. Nagaraj, Managing Director, NSKFDC, Ms. Pinki Jowel, Managing Director, Uttar Pradesh Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation and Sh. B. C. Tripathi, Chief Regional Manager, Indian Overseas Bank, Shri Bhola Prasad Chairman, Kashi Gomti Samyut Gramin Bank, Shri P. B. Sharma, Chief Manager, Allahabad UP Gramin Bank and representatives of Baroda Uttar Pradesh Gramin Bank and Purvanchal Gramin Bank were present during the Camp.
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Welfare of Senior Citizens


Old Age Pension is provided under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme(IGNOAPS). Under the scheme, assistance is provided to persons of 60 years and above and belonging to family living below poverty line as per the criteria prescribed by Government of India. Central assistance of Rs. 200/- per month is provided to persons in the age group of 60-79 years and Rs.500/- per month to persons of 80 years and above.

IGNOAPS is a part of National Social Assistance Programme(NSAP), implemented by Ministry of Rural Development. Up to 2013-14, funds were released as Additional Central Assistance (ACA) by the Ministry of Finance/Home Affairs to the States/UTs in a combined manner for all the schemes under NSAP. W.e.f. 01.04.2014, scheme- wise funds are bing released as Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) by the Ministry of Rural Development to the States/UTs. Details of funds released during last three years under schemes of NSAP and scheme wise funds released to the States/UTs for current year (up to December 2014) is:

S .No.
States/UTs
2014-2015


Allocation for
Release under


IGNOAPS
 IGNOAPS



 (upto  Dec.,14)
1
Andhra Pradesh
22549.98
17419.86
2
Bihar
92573.78
71513.25
3
Chhattisgarh
16350.89
12631.05
4
Goa
96.54

5
Gujarat
6406.75
4949.22
6
Haryana
4075.84
3148.59
7
Himachal Pradesh
2307.47
1782.51
8
J&K
3945.04
3047.55
9
Jharkhand
14135.14
10919.40
10
Karnataka
26451.22
20433.57
11
Kerala
3787.37
2925.75
12
Madhya Pradesh
35294.64
18176.74
13
Maharashtra
24863.54
12804.72
14
Orissa
40716.56
31453.56
15
Punjab
4256.69
2192.20
16
Rajasthan
15415.70
7939.08
17
Tamilnadu
21369.35
11005.22
18
Telangana
16115.96
12449.58
19
Uttar Pradesh
96449.86
74507.52
20
Uttarakhand
4756.56
2449.62
21
West Bengal
54862.99
42381.65


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