Odisha Garima Scheme 2021 for Safety / Dignity of Core Sanitation Workers

Frontline workers have, during this pandemic, selflessly put their lives on the line. For over a year now, they have worked hard, let go of any and every notion of rest one needs, and worked odd hours after odd hours to make sure that people survive the brunt of this viral outbreak.

But the question arises, “who cares for the caretakers?”

The Odisha government, in the light of recent unfoldings, and expressing its care and concern towards frontline workers, launched the Odisha Garima scheme 2021.

About the Odisha Garima Scheme 2021

The Odisha Garima scheme has been launched to provide benefits to about 200,00 crore sanitation workers and their families by offering them a financial cover of ₹1 lakh.

Through the implementation of this scheme, the government aims to ensure the safety and dignity of the core sanitation workers who have worked so hard to protect people day in and out.

In order to implement the scheme smoothly, the government of Odisha has earmarked ₹50 crores initially as a part of the dedicated corpus fund. This scheme aims to institutionalise and regulate core sanitation services to provide social security and financial benefits to workers and their families.

Objectives of the Garima Scheme

  • Institutionalising and regulating the core sanitation services.
  • Providing service level benefits
  • Providing social security benefits to core sanitation workers along with their families
  • Financial benefits to manual scavengers and their families for their efforts
  • Enhanced focus on the enforcement of statutory provisioning under various national and state legislations.

What are the benefits of the Odisha Garima scheme 2021 for sanitation workers?

The Odisha Garima scheme essentially aims to identify the core sanitation workers through statewide survey. It is essentially done by registering the core sanitation workers, mandates registration of sanitation services providers, ensures provision of necessary machines and appropriate PPEs to ensure safe working conditions for the workers.

The benefits of the Odisha Garima scheme

  • Skill improvement and training of workers
  • Counselling support for new skills
  • Financial support for alternative livelihood
  • Health and life insurance
  • Disability support
  • Periodic health check-ups
  • Housing support
  • Educational support
  • Periodic health checkups for workers
  • Introduction of a special category of wages for core sanitation work
  • Introduction of Risk and hardship allowance
  • Financial support in form of a House grant
  • Purchase of two-wheelers to extent of 90% of the cost borne by the state government.
  • Retirement benefits to core sanitation workers
  •  Illness allowance
  • Post-service benefits

Summing it up

With this scheme in place, the Odisha government is ensuring that no worker gets left behind. The pandemic has struck practically every country in a bad way, and it is these hygiene workers who have kept us afloat by putting their lives at risk so that ours is safe.

These real-life heroes deserve all the facilities and benefits they can, so that not only can they make ends meet but also live a dignified life, full of respect, admiration. More importantly, these workers deserve care and protection above all else.

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Schemes launched by the state government

The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.