Section 4 in The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act, 1993

Title: Term of office and conditions of service of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Members

Description: (1) The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and every Member shall hold office for such period not exceeding three years as may be specified by the Central Government in this behalf or up to the 31st day of March, 1997, whichever is earlier. 1[Provided that the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and every Member holding office as such immediately before the commencement of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (Amendment) Act, 1997 (18 of 1997)shall vacate their respective offices on the 31st day of March, 1997: Provided further that the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and every Member appointed after the commencement of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (Amendment) Act, 1997 (18 of 1997) shall hold office for such period not exceeding three years as may be specified by the Central Government in this behalf or up to the 31st day of March, 2002, whichever is earlier.] 2[(1A) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and every Member appointed on or after the 16th day of February, 2001, shall hold office for a period not exceeding three years from the date of assumption of his office or up to the 29th day of February, 2004, whichever is earlier.] (2) The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson or a Member may, by notice in writing addressed to the Central Government, resign from the office of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, or as the case may be, of the Member at any time. (3) The Central Government shall remove a person from the office of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson or a Member if that person— (a) becomes an undischarged insolvent; (b) is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for an offence which, in the opinion of the Central Government, involves moral turpitude; (c) becomes of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court; (d) refuses to act or becomes incapable of acting; (e) is, without obtaining leave of absence from the Commission, absent from three consecutive meetings of the Commission; or (f) in the opinion of the Central Government has so abused the position of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson or Member as to render that persons continuance in office detrimental to the public interest: Provided that no person shall be removed under this clause until that person has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard in the matter. (4) A vacancy caused under sub-section (2) or sub-section (3) or otherwise shall be filled by fresh nomination and a person so nominated shall hold office for the unexpired period of the term for which his predecessor in office would have held office if such vacancy had not arisen. (5) The salaries and allowances payable to, and other terms and conditions of service of, the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Members shall be such as may be prescribed. 1. Ins. by Act 18 of 1997, s.3 (w.e.f 25-3-1997). 2. Ins. by Act 55 of 2001, s. 3 (w.e.f. 13-12-2001).

Title: Officers and other employees of the Commission

Description: (1) The Central Government shall provide the Commission with such officers and employees as may be necessary for the efficient performance of the functions of the Commission under this Act. (2) The salaries and allowances payable to, and other terms and conditions of service of, the officers and other employees appointed for the purpose of the Commission shall be such as may be prescribed.

Title: Vacancy, etc., not to invalidate the proceedings of the Commission

Description: No act or proceeding of the Commission shall be questioned or shall be invalid on the ground merely of the existence of any vacancy or defect in the constitution of the Commission.

Title: Procedure to be regulated by the Commission

Description: (1) The Commission shall meet as and when necessary and shall meet at such time and place as the Chairperson may think fit. (2) The Commission shall regulate its own procedure. (3) All orders and decisions of the Commission shall be authenticated by the Chairperson or any other officer of the Commission duly authorised by the Chairperson in this behalf.

Title: Functions and powers of the Commission

Description: (1) The Commission shall perform all or any of the following functions namely:-- (a) recommend to the Central Government specific programmes of action towards elimination of inequalities in status, facilities and opportunities for Safai Karamcharis under a time-bound action plan; (b) study and evaluate the implementation of the programmes and schemes relating to the social and economic rehabilitation of Safai Karamcharis and make recommendations to the Central Government and State Governments for better co-ordination and implementation of such programmes and schemes; (c) investigate specific grievances and take suo moto notice of matters relating to non-implementation of— (i) programmes or schemes in respect of any group of Safai Karamcharis; (ii) decisions, guidelines or instructions, aimed at mitigating the hardship of Safai Karamcharis; (iii) measures for the social and economic up liftment of Safai Karamcharis; (iv) the provisions of any law in its application to Safai Karamcharis, and take up such matters with the concerned authorities or with the Central or State Governments; (d) make periodical reports to the Central and State Governments on any matter concerning Safai Karamcharis, taking into account any difficulties or disabilities being encountered by Safai Karamcharis; (e) any other matter which may be referred to it by the Central Government. (2) In the discharge of its functions under sub-section (1), the Commission shall have power to call for information with respect to any matter specified in that sub-section from any Government or local or other authority

The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act, 1993