Having changed political equations in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has started targeting Gujarat government.

202 cases of inhuman practice reported from Bangalore
Manual scavenging is prevalent in most of the cities, including Bangalore.

The State government has decided to strictly enforce the ban on manual scavenging. Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya said on Thursday that officials of the respective urban local bodies (ULBs) will be held responsible if manual scavenging is found in their jurisdiction.

The Act provides for the prohibition of employment as manual scavengers, rehabilitation of manual scavengers and their families.

Following the passage of the ‘Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2013’ in Parliament last week, leading NGO Sulabh International on Monday appointed seven

The state government has taken up a survey to identify manual scavengers in all the 21 districts in the state. A list will be prepared for the same by the end of next month.

In human practice of manual scavenging is unabated till today despite having 20 year old law to prohibit it which is no longer effective.

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It may be hard to imagine that manual scavenging is still practised in parts of the National Capital Region. But in many parts of NCR and neighboring states like Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, people manually clean dry toilets everyday while braving dangerous infections, sometimes for a paltry sum of Rs 10 per household.

Manual Scavenger means a person engaged or employed on regular or frequent basis by an individual or a local authority or a public or private agency, for manually cleaning, carrying, disposing of, or otherwise handling in any manner, human excreta in an insanitary latrine or in an open drain or pit into which human excreta from insanitary latrin

The 2011 census stated that Mumbai has 1,137 manual scavengers, the highest in Maharashtra, but BMC’s survey says there are none.

According to the census, Mumbai was followed by Akot Municipal Council in Akola district with 530 manual scavengers. BMC invited responses both through self-declaration and door-to-door survey and completed the exercise last month.

Members of Parliament, civil society organisations and campaigners from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka marched towards the SAARC secretariat in Kathmandu on Tuesday demanding ‘Right to Sanitation for All.’

Calling upon the SAARC countries to ‘Speak in One Voice’ at the 18th SAARC summit to be held in Nepal this year, the entourage submitted a ‘Citizens Charter’ stressing on recognising sanitation as a legal right.

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