Monday, 24 January, 2022
TopicManual Scavenging

Topic: Manual Scavenging

No plan to amend manual scavenging law, govt says 6 months after announcing new bill

The new bill is still awaiting cabinet approval. It proposes to completely mechanise the process of cleaning sewers and septic tanks, among other changes.

Govt app to flag manual scavenging gets 900 uploads from public in 3 months, most from UP

'Swachhata Abhiyan' app launched in December will operate till May. Social justice ministry hopes to identify undocumented manual scavengers for rehabilitation.

As draft law awaits Cabinet approval, govt begins groundwork to mechanise sewer cleaning

Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, proposes to completely mechanise the process of cleaning sewers and septic tanks.

Why manual scavengers in India haven’t got their rights despite laws, judiciary intervention

The absence of a statutory obligation to provide sanitation services by state agencies creates a situation where the rights of manual scavengers hang in the air.

282 deaths in last 4 years: How Swachh Bharat Mission failed India’s manual scavengers

Number of manual scavengers in India had come down from nearly 8 lakh in 2003 to about 13,000 in 2013. But despite Swachh Bharat, this figure shot up to 42,303 in 2018.

Swachh Bharat toilets without sanitation is why Dalits are at the receiving end

Modi government needs to extend the scope of the Swachh Bharat campaign and improve sanitation keeping in mind that many sanitation workers are Dalits.

In no country are people sent to gas chambers to die: Supreme Court on manual scavengers

The Supreme Court pulled up the Centre for the lack of proper protective gear for manual scavengers, who mostly work without gloves or masks.

Five irritants that need to ‘Quit India’ at the earliest

The British quit India over 70 years ago, but the country is still pestered by several irritants, which need orderly withdrawal.

Someone has to go to jail: Delhi HC must put onus on state for manual scavengers’ death

Local authorities in different states not only fail to enforce relevant laws, but also directly violate law by employing manual scavengers.

Between Swachh Bharat & deaths – where is the sanitation policy for manual scavengers?

Deaths of sanitation workers are being reported even from new and high-end treatment infrastructures -- whether government-owned or hotels and malls.

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Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.


File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.