Manual Scavenging

Manual Scavenging

According to the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE), only 66% of the districts in the country are free from “manual scavenging”.

According to MoSJE:

  • Out of a total of 766 districts in the country, only 508 districts have declared themselves free from “manual scavenging”.
  • In the surveys conducted in the years 2013 and 2018, all the people engaged in “manual scavenging” were identified. Their number was about 58,000.
  • No person had died due to manual scavenging in the country in the last three years (2019 to 2022).
  • The only current danger associated with this practice is ‘dangerous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks’.

Manual Scavenging:

  • The act of manually removing human excreta from sewers or septic tanks is called manual scavenging.
  • The definition of this practice also includes persons employed to clean septic tanks, drains or railway tracks.
  • This practice is banned under the “Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013” (PEMSR).
  • Violation of this law can be punished with imprisonment of up to 2 years or a fine of one lakh rupees or both.

Source – The Hindu

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