The plight of Manual Scavengers.
Manual Scavenging is prohibited under laws in India. Any body employing a manual scavenger is liable to be punished under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act.
Despite prohibition it is still practiced.
× Usage of plastics, ploybags, and other non-biodegradable products chokes the sewer lines. It has to be cleaned by sanitation workers in civic bodies.
× Huge amount of waste produced each day in metropolitan cities.
Nature of the work: it is the toughest job on Earth, still, sanitation workers don’t get attention in the mainstream media for their work & the risk they carry in doing their duty.
Several sanitation workers die due to:
× inhalation of toxic gases like methane, CO2, H2S etc.
× drowning (due to misjudgement of height of drains by them)
× unavailability of safety gears like boots, gloves, suits, etc.
Health hazards are many for the sanitation workers due to unhygienic conditions of the work like respiratory tract infection, TB, CO poisoning, diarrhea, etc.
The NHRC (National Human Rights Commission) has pointed out that “Manual Scavenging” is the worst example of violation of life, dignity, equality & health care.
Remuneration: very less. Often they are on “contract” so no insurance cover to them.
With Great Love,
Er. Amit Yadav