To celebrate 15th foundation day, Akhil Bhartiya Safai Mazdoor Sangh organised National Convention of delegates in General Zorawar Singh Stadium, University of Jammu, here today.Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gujjar was chief guest on the occasion.
Minister of State for Education, Information and Culture Priya Sethi was guest of honour.Member Parliament Arjun Ram Meghwal, MLA, Jammu West Sat Sharma were special invitees for the convention.National President, Akhil Bhartiya Safai Mazdoor Sangh (ABSMS) Prem Kumar Daggar, President J&K Unit Dev Anand Gill spoke on the occasion and presented demands of the Sangh at national and state level.The convention was attended by delegates from all across the country and special variety programme on national integration and unity was presented by the delegates.
Addressing the convention, Krishan Pal Gujjar said the Prime Minister Narinder Modi has pinned cleanliness and proper sanitation as priority at National level and special campaigns have been organised at National and State levels to generate awareness among the masses for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene.He said the Prime Minister has launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan one of the biggest cleanliness mission of the country which aims to make India clean by 2019, the year of 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. He said the central government is alive to the problems faced by sanitation workers and all out efforts are being made to address the issues raised by various bodies of the workers. He assured the Sangh that the demands projected by would be addressed in a time bound manner.“The priority our government is laying on cleanliness has direct relation with the importance with which the issues related to Safai Karamcharis would be addressed,” he assured.
He said in order to provide insurance cover and pension to common people the Prime Minister has launched innovative social security schemes namely Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojna. After success of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna these schemes aim to create a universal social security system for all which would ensure health and accident cover and pension to all, he added.
Underlining commitment of the government towards down trodden sections of the society, Priya Sethi said focused attention is being paid to address the issues related to marginalised sections of the society and the social welfare department ensures that schemes related to welfare and rehabilitation of poor and oppressed people are addressed.
She said contribution of sanitation workers towards cleaner cities and towns is well recognised and the government would ensure that genuine issues raised by the Mazdoor Sangh for the welfare of workers would be addressed on priority.“The importance Modi ji gives to cleanliness is evident from the fact that he himself picked up broom for launching the Swachh Bharat Mission and the mission would become reality if everybody works in making contribution towards cleaner surroundings,” she added.She said the government is extending soft loans, subsidies to down trodden and marginalised sections of the society in order to enable them to start their own ventures.Calling upon the delegates to ensure better education to children, Priya said education is the most potent tool which enables individual to live a life of dignity and choose a profession of his choice. She said all out efforts are being made by the government to ensure better education and schools are being equipped with modern infrastructure and required human resource.
“Make best possible use of the education system put in place by the government and enrol your children in the schools for their better future,” she stressed.President of the ABSNMS Prem Kumar Dagra, President J&K unit Dev Anand Gill presented the charter of demands and highlighted the issues being faced by sanitation workers at National and State level.