Manual scavening, pride of India?


Report by  Pradeep

People wouldn’t do this job for a million pounds and untouchable sweeper is doing just for two times meal!!!

The Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act was enacted in 1993, but has proved ineffective in eliminating manual scavenging. The Act prohibits the employment of manual scavengers or construction of dry latrines not connected to proper drainage channels and violations of the provisions of the Act can lead to imprisonment for up to one year and/or a fine of up to 2000 rupees.

In 1989 there were 600,000 scavengers while by 1995-96 the number had increased to 787,000 (a 31.6 % increase in less than a decade). Similarly, there were 720,500,000 dry latrines in 1989, but by January 2000 the number had increased by 9,600,000. With the increase of urbanization, manual scavenging is increasing. More and more Dalits are compelled to take the job as the changing economic scenario is offering less and less jobs for them.

Narendra Modi few months back in his book “Karmayog” has said, “Scavenging must have been a spiritual experience for the Valmiki caste”.

In the book, he goes on to say, “At some point in time somebody must have got enlightenment in scavenging. They must have thought that it is their duty to work for the happiness of the entire society and the Gods.”

Pic 01: Pride of India !

Narendra Modi should also take this Manual Scavenging job & should get enlightenment as soon as possible!!! Its shameful our leaders shows such a stupidness by commenting like this…

Source: BuddhistCircle@yahoogroups

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