Manual Scavenging

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  • BJP flays Bihar minister over allegations of Dalits' plight in Gujarat February 1, 2014

    The BJP on Saturday attacked JD(U) for alleging that 12 lakh people were still engaged in manual scavenging in Gujarat on the basis of 'false' data whereas the truth was that according to latest survey the number was more in Bihar than the western state. Reacting to charges made by senior...
  • Manual scavenging is a pernicious practice, sanctified by the caste system: Jairam Ramesh October 10, 2013

    New Delhi: As the temple vs toilet debate refuses to die, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, who no longer holds the sanitation portfolio, is using every opportunity to push the case for more toilets to end open defaecation, eradication of the pernicious practice of manual scavenging and the rehabilitation of...
  • Manual Scavenging Bill passed in Parliament September 7, 2013

    New Delhi: A bill seeking to prohibit employment of individuals as manual scavengers by prescribing stringent punishment including imprisonment up to five years, to those employing such labour was passed by Parliament on Saturday. The bill has provisions for providing for rehabilitation of manual scavengers and their family members as well....
  • BJP backs Food Security Bill, but against some aspects, says Jaitely September 2, 2013

    New Delhi: 3:30 pm: Sitaram Yechuri blamed the government for indulging in practices of corruption. "There is no shortfall of money in the country. Money is being looted and parked through corruption. If the corruption can be controlled there will be a lot of money in the economy," Yechury...
  • Government hopes to push key bills in last week of monsoon session September 2, 2013

    New Delhi: The government is eyeing to push some key reform bills for discussion in Parliament in the last week of its monsoon session. With the government facing persistent attack over economic crisis and the Prime Minister promising more reforms, it is planning to introduce as many bills as possible...
  • Monitory committee on scavenging eradication bill gets Cabinet nod July 17, 2013

    New Delhi: A proposal to constitute a central monitoring committee to oversee the implementation of a bill, banning employment of people for manual scavenging and cleaning of septic tanks and sewers, on Wednesday received nod of the Cabinet. The Cabinet approved some amendments in the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers...
  • SRCC students help puppeteers, manual scavengers earn a decent living March 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Students from the prestigious Sri Ram College of Commerce aren't just about number-crunching. They use social entrepreneurship to help underprivileged people in the national capital from facilitating micro-credit for autorickshaw drivers to reaching out and arranging vocational training to puppeteers, manual scavengers to helping manual scavengers earn a...
  • Delhi becomes first state to ban manual scavenging February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi has become the first state in the country to ban manual scavenging, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said on February 26. The Chief Minister made the announcement while addressing a function organised by Delhi Commission for Safai Karamcharis. "Henceforth, no Safai worker would be allowed for manual sewer cleaning,"...
  • Ramesh urges Speaker to push for manual scavenging bill January 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has called for Speaker Meira Kumar to push through the revised bill on manual scavenging. "I would request the Speaker to use her position so that in the coming Budget Session, the bill can be made...
  • Manual scavenging shameful: Jairam Ramesh December 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Manual scavenging is one of the "most shameful practices" and the government is committed to bring a law to address the menace, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Monday. Inaugurating a photo exhibition on UN Human Rights Day at British Council here, he said "around three lakh...
  • Karnataka: Cops make men clean soak pit August 29, 2012

    Chitradurga: Manual scavenging was banned in Karnataka in 1970 and across India in 1995. But even now inhuman incidents of manual scavenging are reported from various parts of the state. In the latest incident, the police at B G Kere outpost here allegedly made labourers clean a septic tank on...
  • Manual scavenging is a result of India's caste divide July 20, 2012

    Sagarika Ghose: The story of Prabhu and Guru Dhodiya and the terrible plight of manual scavengers. They do their job standing all day in human waste, standing in the unbearable extreme stench of night soil; they often have to stay dead drunk to do this job. They are sometimes...
  • FTN: Is caste prejudice behind manual scavenging? July 20, 2012

    Manual scavenging was banned by Karnataka in 1970 and across the country in 1993 but a report by the people's union for civil liberties says that even today there are 8000 manual scavengers in India. ...
  • Maharashtra to stop manual scavenging July 17, 2012

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday said manual scavenging in the temple town of Pandharpur in Solapur district would be stopped. This was informed by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in the Legislative Assembly. Pandharpur is the only place in the state where conservancy workers are traditionally forced to carry human excreta on...
  • Manual scavenging: Maharashtra CM calls meet July 17, 2012

    Mumbai: Days after CNN-IBN aired the plight of manual scavengers in Pandharpur, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday took up the matter in the Assembly. The Chief Minister said that he will meet the members of the community, who have been forced to undertake manual scavenging, on Thursday. The...
  • Aamir meets PM over manual scavengers' plight July 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Taking forward the 'Satyamev Jayate' initiative, actor Aamir Khan called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday. He highlighted the plight of manual scavengers. After meeting the Prime Minister, Aamir said that the Prime Minister has assured him that he'll address the issue. "I met the Prime Minister today...
  • Maharashtra: Revolt against manual scavenging June 29, 2012

    Mumbai: There has been a revolt against the illegal and inhuman system of manual scavenging in Pandharpur in Maharashtra. Young men of the Mehtar caste, who have traditionally been manual scavengers for over 100 years, have refused to continue with the degrading system, ending decades of humiliation. Every year close...
  • Manual scavenging remains a reality despite ban April 14, 2012

    Lucknow: It is the 121st birth anniversary of the father of India's Constitution Dr BR Ambedkar who fought against untouchability and manual scavenging. CNN-IBN shows how in the heart of Lucknow, practices like manual scavenging and untouchability still exist, raising questions over the government's claims to have successfully enforced the...
  • Inhuman, but manual scavenging lives on August 14, 2011

    Kolar: Despite being declared illegal, the practice of manual scavenging is still rampant in certain parts of the country, even after 65 years of Independence. The pictures of manual scavengers emptying a pit of human waste at Kolar in Karnataka can disgust one. Dealing with the extreme stench, inhaling toxic...
  • Protest against manual scavenging across India November 1, 2010

    In a first of its kind protest since post-independence, 250 'safai karmcharis' travelled across 20 states and 160 districts to protest against manual scavenging. ...
  • Dalit children treated as manual scavengers in Gujarat August 18, 2009

    Ahmedabad: Several little children in Gujarat are still suffering as manual scavengers. They are made to clean toilets and even cart away dead animals. Nine-year-old Janakben goes to school like other children her age. But then in school she is treated differently. Janakben is sometimes asked to clean the toilets...
  • It stinks! Manual scavenging, dirty reality | Your Say April 6, 2008

    CNN-IBN Citizen Journalists expose how manual scavenging is still a reality in Gujarat. Sent by Citizen Journalists Zuber Shaikh and Nimish Ahir, the video shows safai worker Ganpat Parmar getting down into a manhole full of human waste and cleaning with his bare hands. ...