Rising Demands To Eradicate Manual Scavenging

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  • Karnataka govt conceded to having made a gross under estimation of the number of manual scavengers in the state and has promised to acknowledge and rehabilitate them besides conducting a new survey.
  • This came in the wake of a public outcry after the govt estimated their number at 302, and claimed that the practise has been eradicated in the State, while in reality the number stands at lakhs.
  • The guidelines on conducting a survey of manual scavengers was greatly disregarded by the govt as it did not conduct community meetings or door-to-door surveys, and even rejected sworn affidavits filed by people stating that they were working as scavengers.
  • 28 people have died in the past 2 and a half years alone while cleaning sanitary lines in unsafe conditions.
  • The demand for a detailed package to eradicate manual scavenging and for rehabilitation of the workers is rising.
  • Contractual labour in pourakarmikas should also be eradicated as this is giving rise to a mafia that reduces the workers to bonded laborers.
  • Instead, equal pay and admissions for their childrens into Class six in Morarji Desai or Kittur Rani Chenamma Residential Schools without any entrance exam has been proposed.
  • Read at: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/government-for-resurvey-of-manual-scavengers/article6068376.ece

Exams Perspective:

  1. Kittur Rani Chenamma Residential Schools
  2. Manual Scavenging Prevention Act