Section 26 in The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013

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.

Title: Central Monitoring Committee.

Description: (1) The Central Government shall, by notification, constitute a Central Monitoring Committee in accordance with the provisions of this section. (2) The Central Monitoring Committee shall consist of the following members, namely:— (a) The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment—Chairperson, ex officio; (b) Chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes—member, ex officio; (c) Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment—member, ex officio; (d) Chairperson, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis—member, ex officio; (e) the Member of the Planning Commission dealing with development of the Scheduled Castes— member, ex officio; (f) three elected members of Parliament belonging to Scheduled Castes, two from the Lok Sabha and one from the Rajya Sabha; (g) Secretaries of the Ministries of,— (i) Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment; (ii) Urban Development; (iii) Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation; (iv) Drinking Water and Sanitation; (v) Panchayati Raj; (vi) Finance, Department of Financial Services; and (vii) Defence, members, ex officio; (h) Chairman, Railway Board—member, ex officio; (i) Director-General, Defence Estates—member, ex officio; (j) representatives of not less than six State Governments and one Union territory, as the Central Government may, notify; (k) not more than six 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 country, to be nominated by the Chairperson, two of whom shall be women; (l) Joint Secretary, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, looking after development of Scheduled Castes—Member-Secretary, ex officio; (m) such other representatives of Central Ministries or Departments and agencies which, in the opinion of the Chairperson, are concerned with the implementation of this Act. (3) The Central Monitoring Committee shall meet at least once in every six months.

Title: Functions of the Central Monitoring Committee

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