The Delhi High Court has requested the Centre’s response to a petition seeking compliance to the manual scavenging law

In a PIL exclusively on the Prohibition of Employment in the Form of Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, the Delhi High Court has taken note of the Center’s request to avoid death owing to manual cleaning of septic tanks and sewers.

The petitioner’s appeal for the imposition of the Union of India as a party was granted by a Division Bench consisting of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh, who also asked the Center to file a counter-affidavit. On September 17, the case will be heard again.

According to the application, the Center is answerable to the court since it established State Channeling Agencies (SCAs) in several states to oversee the issue of manual scavenging, which is still under “completely failed to control.”

As a result, the application claims that rather than lowering the death rate, they are shooting, meaning that the Prohibition of Employment in the Form of Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, is not being rigorously enforced.

The court had previously served notices on the three respondents, including the Social Welfare Department, the Government of NCT of Delhi, and the NCT of Delhi under the Government of NCT of Delhi, on the main petition.

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