Maharashtra, Gujarat lag behind in compensation for sewer deaths

News: According to data from the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK), of the 926 sewer deaths, families of 172 victims are yet to receive compensation. Gujarat and Maharashtra lag behind the most in compensation for sewer deaths. Facts: Manual scavenging: It is the practice of manually cleaning, carrying, disposing of, or handling human excreta.… Continue reading Maharashtra, Gujarat lag behind in compensation for sewer deaths

Manual scavenging has gone underground in India: WHO

News: WHO has released a report titled “Health, Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers — An Initial Assessment” Facts: About The Report The report has been jointly authored by the International Labour Organization, WaterAid, World Bank, and WHO. It features the plight and dehumanising working conditions of sanitation workers across nine lower and middle-income group… Continue reading Manual scavenging has gone underground in India: WHO

Manual Scavenging

News:The Supreme Court of India has pulled up the Centre on the number of deaths of manual scavengers and for not providing them with protective gear. Facts: About Manual scavenging: Manual scavenging is the practice of manually cleaning,carrying, disposing of, or handling human excreta. The International Labour Organization(ILO) distinguishes three forms of manual scavenging: a)… Continue reading Manual Scavenging

Sewer deaths: Centre calls for quick response units

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has asked all States and Union Territories to set up emergency response sanitation units (ERSU). The ERSUs are to set up in capital cities of each State/UT and in all major cities having a municipal corporation and/or water and sewerage board with population of more than one lakh.… Continue reading Sewer deaths: Centre calls for quick response units

88 manual scavenging deaths in 3 years

According to the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry,88 people have died in manual scavenging related deaths in the past three years. The ministry has said that the number of deaths of sanitation workers while cleaning septic tanks and sewers has risen despite a ban on manual scavenging. Further,among the 15 States/UTs that submitted details to… Continue reading 88 manual scavenging deaths in 3 years

Laws not enough to end scavenging: NHRC chief

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman has said that the government needs to tell what it has done to end manual scavenging and merely putting laws in place will not end the menace. Manual scavenging is the practice of manually cleaning, carrying, disposing of, or handling human excreta.The International Labour Organization (ILO) distinguishes three… Continue reading Laws not enough to end scavenging: NHRC chief

Coming soon — a robot to clean septic tanks

A group of in IIT-Madras is developing a robot to clean septic tanks. Such inventions are particularly significant amidst frequent deaths of manual scavengers in India. According to the Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA) at least 1,470 manual scavengers died at work between 2010 and 2017. Manual scavenging is the practice of manually cleaning, carrying, disposing… Continue reading Coming soon — a robot to clean septic tanks