Section 8 in The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act, 1993

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

Title: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Members and staff of the Commission to be public servants

Description: The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Members, officers and other employees of the Commission shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).

Title: Central Government to consult Commission

Description: The Central Government shall consult the Commission on all major policy matters affecting Safai Karamcharis.

Title: Annual report

Description: The Commission shall prepare in such form and at such time for each financial year as may be prescribed its annual report giving a full account of its activities during the previous financial year and forward a copy thereof to the Central Government.

Title: Annual report to be laid before Parliament or the Legislative Assembly

Description: (1) The Central Government shall cause the annual report to be laid before each House of Parliament along with the memorandum explaining the action taken or proposed to be taken on the recommendations contained therein in so far as they relate to the Central Government and the reasons for non-acceptance, if any, of any such recommendation. (2) Where the said report or any part thereof relates to any matter with which a State Government is concerned, a copy of such report shall be forwarded to the Governor of the State who shall cause it to be laid before the Legislature of the State along with a memorandum explaining the action taken or proposed to be taken on the recommendations relating to the State and the reasons for the non-acceptance, if any, of any such recommendation or part.

The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act, 1993