‘Govt stance on manual scavenging non-factual’

Gujarat’s official stance on manual scavenging — that it does not exist in the state — has been dismissed as “plainly non-factual” by a senior International Labour Organisation official.

Written by Adam Halliday | Ahmedabad | Published:February 27, 2012 4:50 am

Gujarat’s official stance on manual scavenging — that it does not exist in the state — has been dismissed as “plainly non-factual” by a senior International Labour Organisation official.

Speaking to The Indian Express on the sidelines of a national conference on manual scavenging at IIMA,Senior Specialist International Labour Standards Coen Kompier said a senior labour official had told him last August that “the formal line,the formal policy of the government is there is no manual scavenging”.

“That meeting was on August 4 or 5,and then on August 7,there was a newspaper article that the Gujarat High Court had been saying,‘We have identified 60,000 to 70,000 manual scavengers’… the official had said,‘If you have to challenge the policy of the government,you have to go to the judiciary’.

He said it on Friday,and on Monday,it appeared in the newspaper that already the High Court is identifying,” said Kompier.

“I am not attacking the government but this position is plainly non-factual,” he said.


Cong to take out anti-BJP rallies

The state Congress will take out Jan Sampark Parivartan Yatras in four major cities to protest against the BJP for allegedly extorting money from the people in the name of party fund (Dhan Dan),steep hike in the city bus fares,and alleged rise in crime among others. The rally in Ahmedabad will start from the Bhadra Fort temple on Monday afternoon.

The rally will wind through city thoroughfares to cover around 15 km after offering prayer at the Bhadrakali temple. It will be led by former Union Minister Shankersinh Vaghela and former deputy chief minister Narhari Amin,said Pankaj Shah,president of the Ahmedabad city Congress. In all,eight such rallies,one a day,will be taken out over the next one week,Shah said.

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