Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday announced welfare schemes for sanitation workers in the state, including increasing their salaries.
He said that the salary of sanitation workers in rural areas has been increased from Rs 12,500 to Rs 14,000 per month, while in urban areas it is Rs 15,000 to Rs 16,000 per month.
Khattar said that people engaged in cleaning sewage will now get Rs 12,000 per month instead of Rs 10,000 per month.
An official statement said that the Chief Minister made these announcements at the ‘Safai Mitra Utthan Sammelan’ in Karnal. Khattar said that a new technology has been introduced in Rewari and Gurgaon for sewage cleaning.
He said that all sewage would be censored in the main vents. In case, there is an overflow, an alert will be sent to the authorities and cleaning will be done by machines, Khattar said, adding that this is an initiative for the safety of sanitation workers.
The Chief Minister said that an insurance compensation of Rs 10 lakh will be provided to the family of workers engaged in cleaning of sewage.
On the death of a sweeper, engaged in works other than cleaning sewage, a benefit of Rs 5 lakh will be provided under the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Suraksha Bima Yojana, while Rs 2 lakh will be provided in case of natural death.
The Chief Minister announced that as per the rules, regular employees are provided to the former employees. In future, this benefit will be provided to all on-roll hygiene employees, he said.
Khattar said that workers with an annual income of up to Rs 1.80 lakh will be able to get a collateral free loan for the education of their children and if a person is not able to give such a loan, it will be repaid by the state government.