Delhi to rehabilitate all manual scavengers by March 2009

July 10th, 2008 - 11:40 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) The Delhi government would rehabilitate all manual scavengers and their dependents in the capital by March 2009, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said Thursday. “One year free skill-training in one of the trades would be provided to scavengers and they would be paid a stipend of Rs.1,000 per month during that period,” she said.

Dikshit along with Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Meera Kumar launched a self-employment scheme for rehabilitation of manual scavengers and their dependents at a training programme.

The training programme was organised in Dilshad Garden area in east Delhi by the social justice and empowerment ministry and the Delhi SC/ST/OBC/Minorities/Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation Limited.

There still are 1,085 scavengers in Delhi and 70 percent of them are females and illiterate.

The government will arrange for concessional loans for their self-employment project costing up to Rs.500,000 with a capital subsidy up to Rs.20,000.

Dikshit said her government would offer job-oriented courses to scavengers to relieve them of their traditional practice.

Expressing hope that the city government would sincerely implement the scheme to bring a social change, Kumar said the new training centre would provide an opportunity to trainees to develop their skills to set up self-employment projects with assistance from the government.

This is the second batch of training organised at Dilshad Garden. The first batch was organised at Tronica city, Ghaziabad, through the Apparel Design and Training Centre (ATDC), in which 39 scavengers participated.

ATDC will train 320 manual scavengers in a garment construction course and the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) will train 180 scavengers in a beautician and electrician course.

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