Ensuring Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers

Namaste Scheme, a joint initiative of Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, aims to eliminate manual involvement of sanitation workers in hazardous sewer and septic tank cleaning operations. The scheme, implemented by NSKFDC for three years, gives priority to the safety and welfare of workers with a budget of Rs 349.73 crore.

background

National Action for Mechanized Sanitation Ecosystem The Namaste scheme, in particular, is a response to the important role played by sanitation workers in maintaining community health and hygiene. Clean India Mission. The scheme aims to formalize and skill these workers, eliminate sanitation work deaths and empower them through entrepreneurship and access to alternative livelihoods.

components of the plan

1. Profiling of Sewer and Septic Tank Workers (SSW):

    • Creation of a national database with unique Namaste IDs for all SSWs.
    • Online training was conducted for ULB nodal officers and surveyors on the profiling process.
    • State-level training sessions organized to resolve technical issues.
    • Collection of sanitation profile data from ULBs through online form.

2. Health Insurance and Occupational Safety Training:

      • Enrollment of SSWs under PM-JAY for health insurance coverage.
      • Provision of occupational safety training to enhance worker safety.
      • Establishment of sanitary response units (SRUs) for emergency situations.

3. Capital Subsidy and Equipment Distribution:

        • Capital subsidy up to Rs. Rs. 5.00 lakh for purchase of sanitation vehicles/equipment.
        • Distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to SSWs.
        • Provision of protective equipment to Emergency Response Sanitation Units (ERSUs).

4. IEC Campaign and Capacity Building:

          • To conduct Information Education Communication (IEC) campaign for SSW safety and dignity awareness.
          • Capacity building of ULB nodal officers and surveyors on profiling process and Namaste mobile application.

training initiative

Training of Trainers on Namaste Mobile Application:

    • Held across multiple states to ensure clear understanding of the app and scheme in regional languages.
    • Combination of physical and online training sessions for effective dissemination.

current progress

Profiling Camp for SSW:

    • Profiling was launched in 28 states along with IEC campaigns to raise awareness.
    • As of March 6, 2024, 28,732 SSWs have been surveyed and 21,760 have been validated.

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