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

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Survey regarding manual scavenging, 24/07/2019. A National Survey has been carried out at the behest of NITI Aayog in 170 identified districts of 18 states on the basis of insanitary latrines converted into sanitary latrines under Swachh Bharat Mission, and inputs received from social organizations working for safari karamcharis. After vertification of the applications received in the survey camps 39,625 manual scavengers have been identified upto 18.07.2019. Under Sections 11,12 and 14 of Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 (MS Act, 2013) Chief Executive Officers of Municipalities and Gram Panchayats are required to undertake survey of manual scavengers in urban and rural areas respective, if there are reasons to believe existence of manual scavengers in areas under their jurisdiction under this provision. States have reported identification of 14,505 manual scavengers from 2013-14 uto 18.07.2019. Thus a total of 54,130 manual scavengers have been identified upto 18.07.2019.

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