The Union Cabinet is likely to take up certain amendments to the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill,2012,on Wednesday.
The Bill seeks to abolish manual scavenging. If approved,the Bill may make it mandatory for Railways to build community toilets around stations for passengers and rail employees so that tracks and areas around railway installations are free from open defecation. Railways had in its comments on the Bill expressed its inability to build toilets on its vacant land along the tracks citing the fact that building toilets was not mandated in the Railway Act. Circumventing the objections,the amendments seek to give the Railways the job of building toilets within a specified distance from stations for users and employees of railways.