Section 24 in The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013

Title: Vigilance Committees.

Description: (1) Every State Government shall, by notification, constitute a Vigilance Committee for each district and each Sub-Division. (2) Each Vigilance Committee constituted for a district shall consist of the following members, namely:— (a) the District Magistrate—Chairperson, ex officio; (b) all members of the State Legislature belonging to the Scheduled Caste selected from the district—members: Provided that if a district has no member of the State Legislature belonging tithe Scheduled Castes, the State Government may nominate such number of other members of the State Legislature from the district, not exceeding two, as it may deem appropriate. (c) the district Superintendent of Police— member, ex officio; (d) the Chief Executive Officer of,— (i) the Panchayat at the district level—member, ex officio; (ii) the Municipality of the district headquarters—member, ex officio; (iii) any other Municipal Corporation constituted in the district—member, ex officio; (iv) Cantonment Board, if any, situated in the district—member, ex officio; (e) one representative be nominated by the railway authority located in the district; (f) not more than four social workers belonging to organisation working for the prohibition of manual scavenging and rehabilitation of manual scavengers, or, representing the scavenger community, resident in the district, to be nominated by the District Magistrate, two of whom shall be women; (g) one person to represent the financial and credit institutions in the district, to be nominated by the District Magistrate; (h) the district-level officer in-charge of the Scheduled Castes Welfare—Member-Secretary, ex officio; (i) district-level officers of Departments and agencies who, in the opinion of the District Magistrate, subject to general orders, if any, of the State Government, have a significant role to play in the implementation of this Act. (3) Each Vigilance Committee, constituted for a Sub-Division, shall consist of the following members, namely:— (a) the Sub-Divisional Magistrate—Chairperson, ex officio; (b) the Chairpersons and the Chief Executive Officers of Panchayats at intermediate level of the Sub-Division, and where Panchayats at intermediate level, do not exist, Chairpersons from two Panchayats at Village level to be nominated by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate—member, ex officio; (c) the Sub-Divisional Officer of Police—member, ex officio (d) Chief Executive Officer of— (i) the Municipality of the Sub-Divisional headquarters—member, ex officio; and (ii) Cantonment Board, if any, situated in the Sub-Division—member, ex officio; (e) one representative to be nominated by the railway authority located in the Sub-Division—member, ex officio; (f) two social workers belonging to the organisation working for the prohibition of manual scavenging and rehabilitation of the manual scavengers, or representing the scavenger community resident in the Sub-Division, to be nominated by the District Magistrate, one of whom shall be a woman; (g) one person to represent the financial and credit institutions in the Sub-Division, to be nominated by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate; (h) the Sub-Divisional level officer in-charge of Scheduled Castes welfare—Member-Secretary, ex officio; (i) Sub-Divisional level officers of Department and agencies who in the opinion of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, subject to any general orders of the State Government or the District Magistrate, have a significant role to play in the implementation of this Act member, ex officio. (4) Each Vigilance Committee constituted at district and Sub-Divisional level shall meet at least once in every three months. (5) No proceeding of a Vigilance Committees shall be invalid merely by reason of any defect in its constitution.

Title: Functions of Vigilance Committee.

Description: The functions of Vigilance Committee shall be— (a) to advise the District Magistrate or, as the case may be, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, on the action which needs to be taken, to ensure that the provisions of this Act or of any rule made thereunder are properly implemented; (b) to oversee the economic and social rehabilitation of manual scavengers; (c) to co-ordinate the functions of all concerned agencies with a view to channelise adequate credit for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers; (d) to monitor the registration of offences under this Act and their investigation and prosecution

Title: State Monitoring Committee.

Description: (1) Every State Government shall, by notification, constitute a State Monitoring Committee, consisting of the following members, namely:— (a) the Chief Minister of State or a Minister nominated by him—Chairperson, ex officio; (b) the Minister-in-charge of the Scheduled Castes Welfare, and such other Department, as the State Government may notify; (c) Chairperson of the State Commissions for Safai Karamcharis, and Scheduled Castes, if any— member, ex officio; (d) representatives of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, and Safai Karamcharis— member, ex officio; (e) not less than two members of the State Legislature belonging to the Scheduled Castes, nominated by the State Government: Provided that if any State Legislature has no member belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the State Government may nominate the members belonging to the Scheduled Tribes; (f) the Director-General of Police— member, ex officio; (g) Secretaries to the State Government in the Departments of Home, Panchayati Raj, Urban Local Bodies, and such other Departments, as the State Government may notify; (h) Chief Executive Officer of at least one Municipal Corporation, Panchayat at the district-level, Cantonment Board and railway authority as the State Government may notify; (i) not more than four social workers belonging to organisation working for the prohibition of manual scavenging and rehabilitation of manual scavengers, or, representing the scavenger community, resident in the State, to be nominated by the State Government, two of whom shall be women; (j) State-level head of the convener Bank of the State Level Bankers Committee—member, ex officio; (k) Secretary of the Department of the State Government dealing with development of the Scheduled Castes—Member-Secretary, ex officio; (l) such other representative of Departments of the State Government and such other agencies which, in the opinion of the State Government, are concerned with the implementation of this Act. (2) The State Monitoring Committee shall meet at least once in every six months and shall observe such rules of procedure in regard to the transaction of business at its meetings as may be prescribed.

Title: Functions of the State Monitoring Committee

Description: The functions of the State Monitoring Committee shall be— (a) to monitor and advise the State Government and local authorities for effective implementation of this Act; (b) to co-ordinate the functions of all concerned agencies; (c) to look into any other matter incidental thereto or connected therewith for implementation of this Act.

Title: Duty of States or Union territories to send periodic reports to the Central Government.

Description: Every State or Union territory Government and Union territory administration shall send such periodic reports to the Central Government about progress of implementation of this Act, as the Central Government may require.