Manual Scavenging
News  /  Published 10.06.22

IIT Madras robot set for field deployment to clean septic tanks

Ten units to be deployed across Tamil Nadu...
By Our Correspondent

Opinion  /  Published 04.08.21

Letters to the editor: Babul Supriyo quits politics, Bezwada Wilson calls out govt on manual scavenging

Fickle minds Sir — It seems that there is no end to drama in politics. Only a few days back, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Babul Supriyo, had proclaimed on social media that he would quit ...
By The Telegraph

India  /  Published 30.07.21

Govt denies scavenging deaths

No death has been reported due to manual scavenging, the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry has told Parliament, drawing sharp reaction from activists who said that those people were being ...
By Our Bureau, PTI in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 03.02.21

Safai karamcharis: Listen to the voices from below

Last year, in November, the Centre proposed a landmark amendment to the existing manual scavenging legislation, aiming to mechanize sewer cleaning across urban India. It announced that 243 cities are ...
By Sarita Vijay Panchang

Opinion  /  Published 26.11.20

Dig deep: 'Safai karmacharis' need more

Laws cannot be effective if they fail to help the very people whose rights and, indeed, lives they are designed to safeguard. As such, it is heartening that the Centre has decided to make the Prohibit...
By The Editorial Board


India  /  Published 13.10.18

Widow scream rips sewer veil

Rani, 35, screamed on Saturday as she watched a display of advanced equipment for cleaning sewer lines and sewage tanks.“My husband would not have died had these been available a month ago,” the m...
By Basant Kumar Mohanty in New Delhi

India  /  Published 13.05.19

The Swachh Bharat mission that India needs

A recent manifesto draws attention to a community that is hardly spoken about.In the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, Safai Karmachari Andolan, an organisation working for the rights of manual scave...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

India  /  Published 25.02.19

Why it won’t wash, Prime Minister

Wash the feet but slash the cash — that is the charge snapping at the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he self-promoted his gesture honouring five sanitation workers in Allahabad on Sunda...
By Basant Kumar Mohanty in New Delhi

India  /  Published 07.10.18

Manual scavenger count rises, despite ban

Manual scavenging has been banned since 1993 but there has been little impact on the ground.The latest data from a survey conducted by the National Safai Karamcharis Finance & Development Corporat...
By Basant Kumar Mohanty in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 14.02.20

Still stinky

Sir — The death of 110 manual scavengers in 2019 owing to asphyxia while cleaning sewers and septic tanks — as reported by the Union minister for social justice and empowerment, Ramdas Athawale, i...
By The Telegraph


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