No manual scavengers in country, deaths just ‘accidents’, says govt : The Tribune India

No manual scavengers in country, deaths just ‘accidents’, says govt

Says no insanitary latrine found in recent times

No manual scavengers in country, deaths just ‘accidents’, says govt

There is no report of people currently engaged in manual scavenging nor is there any report of death due to manual scavenging in the country, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. - File photo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2

There is no report of people currently engaged in manual scavenging nor is there any report of death due to manual scavenging in the country, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale also said no insanitary latrine had been found in the country in recent times. The government, however, admitted that 330 persons had died of what it described as “accidents while undertaking hazardous cleaning of sewer and septic tanks” in the last five years.

The majority of these deaths, 47, happened in UP, followed by 43 in Tamil Nadu, 42 in Delhi, 30 in Maharashtra, 36 in Haryana, 28 in Gujarat, and 14 in Punjab. Chandigarh reported three deaths during the cleaning of sewer and septic tanks.

The minister said there were no manual scavengers in the country “as defined under Section 2 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013”.

Tribune Shorts


Top News

Spike in oil price is breaking India’s back, says Jaishankar in US

Spike in oil price is breaking India’s back: Jaishankar in US

‘We have concerns about the price of oil but we are a USD 2,...

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann moves confidence motion

Punjab CM moves confidence motion in state Assembly, accuses BJP of bid to topple govt

The voting on the motion of confidence will be held on Octob...

Mallikarjun Kharge, Mukul Wasnik, Digvijaya Singh enter Congress presidential probables’ race

Mallikarjun Kharge, Mukul Wasnik, Digvijaya Singh enter Congress presidential probables' race

Ashok Gehlot likely to stay Rajasthan CM; Pawan Bansal colle...


Cities

View All