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Delhi govt to deploy 100 more sewer suction pumps to unclog drains: Rajendra Pal Gautam

"This practice of manual sewer cleaning is present since generations and only one particular community is forced to continue this practice," said Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam.

SC calls own verdict on SC/ST Act ‘against spirit of Constitution’

Manual scavenging deaths: Court slams govt for sending people to ‘gas chambers’ without protection.


SC raps Centre on manual scavenging: No country sends its people to gas chambers to die

The court said over 70 years have passed since India's independence, however, caste discrimination still persists. 

Manual scavenging: Draft plan calls for machines, action against officials

Officials said the National Safai Karamcharis Finance & Development Corporation (NSKFDC) will soon extend loans directly to municipalities at four per cent interest for a period of 15 years so that they can invest in machines.

50 dead cleaning sewers in first 6 months of 2019, says panel report

This data, although startling, is, by NCSK’S own admission, a gross underestimate since it includes figures for only eight states — Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu — out of 36 states and Union Territories.

Ludhiana: Sanitary worker dies inside sewer line, no FIR as kin term it ‘accident’

None has been booked as police filed inquest proceedings for 'accidental death' on statement of family of deceased.


Govt committed to end manual scavenging: Minister

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot’s comments came against the backdrop of the deaths of several people involved in cleaning of sewers and septic tanks in many states.

Manual Scavenging: Gujarat High Court declines state’s reply, seeks details

The court had ordered the state to submit a detailed report about the existence of manual scavenging and the employment of manual scavengers by various municipalities and municipal corporations in the state in violation of the Act that prohibits the practice.

Hardlook: Devil's hole

Contractors offer a few extra bucks, desperate labourers get into dark holes to clean sewage and suffocate to death. The instances brutally repeats as law violators function with impunity. Families struggle to come to terms with the loss as govt compensation offers some relief.

Laws, loopholes and violations: Whose responsibility is it anyway?

The 2013 Act did not provide sufficient provisions to prohibit employment as manual scavengers or to rehabilitate those who have been involved in this work, primarily a caste-based occupation, involving the Valmiki community for generations.