15th October, 2018

Haryana plans a body to improve practice of barber community

Haryana Government has decided to set up Haryana Kesh Kala and Kaushal Vikas Board to advise the state government on the formulation of policies and schemes to enable promotion and tradition of hair-grooming and salon.The decision made on Nov 21 would help in bringing new technologies into the profession. Hair grooming is a traditional business practice of the ‘Nai’ community. The decision has been taken by state Cabinet under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh.

About Kesh Kala & Kaushal Vikas Board

The board shall consist of nine members, including the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and members.

The chairperson will be appointed who has the ability and repute and would belong to ‘Sain Samaj’ community. The board will not have more than eight non-official members.  The Director, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department, shall be the ex-officio member of the board.

The government will determine the appointment-terms and tenure of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and other members of the board. 
The autonomous-board’s tenure would be for a period of two years in the first instance, which may be extended by the government from time to time. The office of the board shall be located at Panchkula or Chandigarh. 

The board will advise the state government on the policies concerning and affecting the community. It would also suggest steps for overall development of castes engaged in this traditional occupation.

Why now?

The art of cutting and grooming hair or beard and nails has undergone a tremendous change due to introduction of new scientific techniques.Persons from other communities have also taken up this profession because of the lucrative returns it offers. This has resulted in the traditional ‘Nai’ community getting alienated from their profession. With modernisation, this profession has become highly capital intensive. But the ‘Nai’ community has not been able to upgrade its skills and lacks adoption of latest techniques and scientific machinery.

About the community

Also known as ‘Hajjam’, ‘Nai’, ‘Nais’, ‘Sain’, and ‘Salmani’ in Haryana, The community is categorised as Backward Class (A) category of Haryana State as well as OBC in Central list of Haryana at Sr. No. 29.