What is Namaste Scheme?

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Know what is Namaste (National Action Plan for Mechanized Sanitation Ecosystem) Scheme?

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Educational News: The Government of India allocated Rs 100 crore in the Union Budget 2023 for the Namaste scheme. The government aims to mechanize septic tank cleaning and sewer cleaning in towns and cities. Its objective is to provide alternative livelihood to the Safai Karamcharis. Namaste will also try to change their behaviour.

What is the Full Form of the Namaste Scheme?

National Action Plan for Mechanized Sanitation Ecosystem. Namaste Scheme is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

The objective of the Namaste Scheme

1. Zero death rate in the sanitation sector.
2. No sanitation worker shall touch or come in direct contact with faeces.
3. Encouraging sanitation workers to form self-help groups.
4. Access to the alternative livelihood of workers as mechanization may lead to loss of jobs for some in the industry.

Namaste how will the Namaste Scheme be implemented?

In the first phase, there are 500 cities. The government of India is planning to select Amrit City first. In this, the first target will be those cities whose population is more than one lakh. Ten cities will be selected from islands, hilly areas and tourist places. It is very difficult to bring about change in the sewerage sector in tourist places because the carrying capacity of tourist places is high.

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Benefits of the Namaste Scheme

This Namaste scheme also has significant benefits under the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Cleanliness is its goal and at the same time, it is also ensuring life safety and better health. The sweepers will be able to do their work while being safe in a better way. Health damage caused during the cleaning of septic tanks and sewers can also be completely avoided.

The Namaste Scheme is an Initiative

Namaste Scheme is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Namaste envisions the safety and dignity of sanitation workers in urban India while building an enabling ecosystem for them. It recognizes them as key contributors in operating and maintaining sanitation infrastructure, thereby providing them with sustainable livelihoods. Through capacity building, their occupational safety is enhanced and better access to safety equipment and machines is achieved. it occurs.

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