Sewer/Septic Cleaner Deaths in last 5 years
- Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) has launched a scheme called NAMASTE. (National Action for Mechanised Sanitation Ecosystem)
- NAMASTE is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) will be a joint initiative of the MoSJE and MoHUA.
- NAMASTE envisages the safety and dignity of sanitation workers in urban India by creating an enabling ecosystem.
- The Scheme has been approved for four years from 2022-23 to 2025-26 with an allocation of 360 cr.
- Objectives of NAMASTE:
- Zero fatalities in sanitation work in India
- Skilled workers perform all sanitation work
- No sanitation workers come in direct contact with human fecal matter
- Collectivization into SHGs and are empowerment to run sanitation enterprises
- Access to alternative livelihoods
- Strengthened supervisory and monitoring systems at national, state, and ULB
- Increased awareness about sanitation services
- 500 AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) cities will be part of the National Action Plan for Mechanised Sanitation Ecosystem (NAMASTE) in this phase.
- NAMASTE will streamline the process of rehabilitating sanitation workers and eventually merge with and replace the Self-Employment Scheme for the Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS).
Benefits & Significance of NAMASTE
- Enumeration of Sewer/Septic Tank Workers (SSWs)
- Insurance Scheme Benefits to SSWs
- Livelihood Assistance to SSWs
- SSWs will be linked to Swachhta Udyami Yojana
- Capital subsidies of up to ₹5 lakh on sanitation machinery costing up to ₹15 lakh
- Interest subsidies on loans, where interest rates will be capped between 4-6%
- Training the workers in the use of machines plus 3000 stipend
- Convergence with other Social Security Schemes’ benefits
Let us hope for this..!!