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Self-Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS)

The Self-Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS) was introduced in January, 2007, with the objective to rehabilitate the remaining manual scavengers and their dependents in alternative occupations by March, 2009. However, as this could not be done by the target date, the Scheme was extended up to March, 2010, with a provision for the coverage of spill-over of beneficiaries even thereafter, if required. As per the updated number, reported by States/UTs, after launch of the Scheme, 1.18 lakh manual scavengers and their dependents in 18 States/UTs were identified for implementation of the Scheme. After the enactment of ‘Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013’, SRMS was revised in synchronization with the provision of the Act. 

As per the revised Scheme, identified manual scavengers, one from each family, are provided one-time cash assistance. The identified manual scavengers and their dependents are provided project based back-ended capital subsidy up to Rs. 3,25,000 and concessional loan for undertaking self-employment ventures. Beneficiaries are also provided training for skill development for a period up to two years, during which a stipend of Rs. 3,000 per month is also provided.

The details of fund provided under the scheme is as follows:

Year B.E. (Rs. in crore) R.E. (Rs. in crore) Expenditure (Rs. in crore)
2006-07 1.00 56.00 56.00
2007-08 50.00 50.00 25.00
2008-09 100.00 100.00 100.00
2009-10 100.00 100.00 50.00
2010-11 5.00 5.00 Nil
2011-12 100.00 100.00 Nil
2012-13 100.00 100.00 20.00
2013-14 570.00 70.00 35.00
2014-15 448.00 50.00 Nil (Adequate fund available with NSKFDC)
2015-16 470.19 10.00 Nil (Adequate fund available with NSKFDC)

Copy of the Self Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers(SRMS) document  pdf (size :.1MB)

Circular for revision under scheme  pdf (size :.45MB)

Details of the major revisions in the Self Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS)  pdf (size :.04MB)

Go to website of Survey of Manual Scavengers in Statutory Towns

Go to website of National Safai Karamcharis Finance & Development Corporation (NSKFDC)

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