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Mar 06, 2019
Delhi mechanises sewer cleaning, goes beyond political posturing to turn manual scavengers into entrepreneursLast week, the Delhi government launched 200 sewer cleaning trucks and gave the contracts to families of manual scavengers in a bid to do away with the hazardous occupation.
Mar 01, 2019
Arvind Kejriwal flags off fleet of 200 sewer cleaning machines in Delhi, says ‘historic’ move will end need for manual scavengingDelhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off a fleet of 200 sewer cleaning machines on Thursday. The machines have been provided to skilled manual scavengers making them 'sani-entrepreneurs', officials said.
Jan 27, 2019
Fifty labourers return to manual scavenging despite participating in Delhi govt's skill development programmeThree months after the Delhi administration completed a first-of-its-kind skill development programme for 50 manual scavengers and provided them with alternative means of livelihood, many have returned to cleaning sewers, citing lack of regular income and harassment at workplace.
Jan 17, 2019
Conservancy workers' two decade-struggle highlighted in photo series by Sudharak OlweConservancy workers — manual scavengers employed with urban municipalities — clean (often with their bare hands and few or inadequate tools) excreta and other waste, blocked sewers and drains. Since January 2017, one person has died every five days, on average, while cleaning sewers and septic tanks across the country
Jan 09, 2019
Four years of Swachh Bharat: Open defecation down 26%, but toilet use doesn't match construction spreeAlmost a 23 percent of those who own a latrine defecated in the open, a figure that has remained unchanged since the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in 2014. This can mostly be attributed to deeply entrenched beliefs about caste “impurity” associated with emptying latrine pits, the paper concluded.
Nov 20, 2018
Adding to the mounting number of manual scavenging related deaths, despite a ban on the practice, two labourers die while cleaning a sewer in VaranasiThe Socio, Economic and Caste Census, 2011 found that 17390 rural households in UP were registered as houses of manual scavengers. A more recent survey, conducted by the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has identified over 53,236 manual scavengers in India. Although the survey is still ongoing and has data from only 18 states, Uttar Pradesh has had the dubious distinction of topping this list with 28,796 identified manual scavengers.
Nov 15, 2018
The Relli community fights back: Sewage workers protest against apathy, discriminationThe Relli community, like other marginalised communities in India, face structural and occupational discrimination even today
Oct 24, 2018
Delhi sewer death: Police arrests three for negligence, to question senior officials of firm hired to clean septic tankDelhi Police will also be questioning senior officers of the company that was awarded the contract for maintenance of the sewer by the Delhi Jal Board
Oct 11, 2018
Centre keen to eradicate manual scavenging in time-bound manner, says Thawar Chand GehlotGehlot asked states to revisit their survey by using the wider definition of manual scavenging as given in the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act,
Oct 02, 2018
Manual scavenging in India doesn't need denial and politicised narrative on solutions, but sanitation policy reformsDespite a law stressing not only eradication of manual scavenging but also rehabilitation of families dependent on the job, septic tanks have turned into death beds for many young men in India.