Manual Scavengers

Manual Scavengers News

Shame for the nation that Railways employ manual scavengers, says Kanimozhi

She stated that all signboards on Railway stations are in Hindi and demanded they should be in regional languages as well.

Seeing the Unseen

Mumbai-based documentary photographer Sudharak Olwe met Mamta when he was on a trip to three states — Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh to document the lives of manual scavengers and sanitation workers for international NGO Water Aid.


Centre to states: Use SECC to take manual scavengers into rural skilling programmes

The SECC has identified a total of 1.82 lakh households where at least one person is employed in manual scavenging in rural India, numbers which have been dismissed as gross underestimate by organisations working in the area.

Delhi: 200 machines to clean sewers, so manual scavengers don’t have to

The machines, developed by DJB officers, were given to 200 people who are already engaged in sewer cleaning work.

Mira road sewerage chamber: Plant and site supervisors, contractor booked for death of 3 labourers in Mumbai

Three labourers suffocated to death upon entering a drainage chamber on Mira Road last week. A case was registered at the Kashi Mira police station on January 18, two days after the incident, under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code.

Delhi: Father of 3 dies while cleaning drain, colleagues claim got no gear

A case has been registered after five workers at the site claimed safety gear such as face masks, breathing apparatus, uniforms and other equipment were not provided.


Under-reporting manual scavengers: Asked to verify, states turn 55,000 to 25,000

In the recent exercise, state governments, tasked with verifying 54,929 manual scavengers identified across 170 select districts in stage one of the counting process, have confirmed involvement of only 25,015 people in the job in the final verification stage.

From the Margins

Shruti Gupta’s short documentary, Kathputli, puts the lives of manual scavengers under the spotlight

Mumbai: Three labourers found dead in manhole

The bodies were retrieved by firemen. “All were declared brought dead at the civil hospital in Kalwa. We are investigating what caused the deaths,” said a senior officer from Thane police.

Swachh Bharat’s forgotten soldiers

They live and die off official rolls, on the fringes of ambitious govt cleanliness missions, and down the drains of cities.