Lower-house clears Manual Scavenging Bill


The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012 passed in Lok Sabha to prohibit employment of individuals as the manual scavengers. The new law proposed in the failure of existing laws to prevent manual scavenging and insanitary latrine as an employment.

The aimed law widened with definition which includes the provision for the rehabilitation of person employed in for manual cleaning of human excreta in an insanitary latrine or in an open drain or pit, railway tracks etc.

There are about 340,000 people who employed as manual scavengers in India. The person, who engaged in manual scavenging, faces a lot of health problems due to the unhygienic nature of the job.

India, in 1993 passed the legislation banning manual scavenging but it failed to implement widely in an effect. The new Bill moved by Kumari Selja, the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment to abolish the evils of manual scavenging completely.Image

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