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.
Ramdas Athawala , Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, during the 254the Rajya Sabha Session on 28th july, 2021 stating that no deaths have been reported due to manual scavenging in the last five years.
The statement relates to a written response of an unstarred question asked by Mallikarjun Karge and Dr L Hanumanthia.
“That the said answer given before the Upper House of the Parliament is not only false and misleading but shows utter insensitivity and apathy towards the departed souls of the manual scavengers, their family members and also towards the group of people who are still into manual scavenging”.
The application further states that the Centre answerable to the Court as it has established State Channelling Agencies in different States and UTs to monitor the issue of manual scavenging and still “utterly failed to control the same”.
The application therefore states that instead of lowering down the death rates, they are rather shooting up, meaning thereby that the provisions of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavenger and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, and not being followed strictly.
So the Court had issued notice on the main petition to the three respondents including Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of NCT and Delhi Jal Board under the Government of NCT of Delhi.
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