Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Eradication of manual scavenging, 27/11/2019.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Prevention of manual scavenging deaths, 20/11/2019. Manual scavenging is prohibited under section 5 and 6 of the "Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013" (MS Act, 2013) from 06.12.2013, the date of coming into force of the Act.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Death of manual scavengers, 20/11/2019. Details of the persons who have died while cleaning sewers and septic tanks as reported b the States to the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis during the last three years and and current year are given.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Survey regarding manual scavenging, 24/07/2019.

The number of deaths of sanitation workers while cleaning septic tanks and sewers has risen, despite a ban on manual scavenging, with 620 cases reported since 1993, of which 88 occurred in the past

Govt agency to mechanise sewer cleaning that would give self-employment

Order of the Delhi High Court in the matter of M/S Metro Waste Handling Vs Delhi Jal Board dated 29/05/2018.

The importance of species richness in maintaining ecosystem function in the field remains unclear. Recent studies however have suggested that in some systems functionality is maintained by a few abundant species. Here we determine this relationship by quantifying the species responsible for a key ecosystem role, carcass removal by scavengers. We find that, unlike those within largely unaltered environments, the scavenger community within our highly altered system is dominated by a single species, the Carrion crow, despite the presence of a number of other scavenging species.

The Safai Karamchari Andolan traversed 500 districts of the country with the message "stop killing us." The participants, manual scavengers who clean dry latrines, sewers and septic tanks, are forced to carry on this dehumanising work despite laws against it. Will the Swachh Bharat campaign succeed in addressing the issues connected with manual scavenging?

MUMBAI: The Curlew Sandpiper, Eurasian Oystercatcher and Bar-tailed Godwit, commonly seen on the Sewri mudflats, have been added to the list of endangered birds.