The petitioner said according to data collected by the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, since 2017 one sanitary worker has died every 5 days in India while cleaning sewers or septic tanks
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment told the Rajya Sabha in response to an unstarred question on the number of people who died due to asphyxiation in the last three years.
The budget allocation for self-employment scheme for rehabilitation of manual scavengers for the period of 2020-2021 was Rs 110 crore.
The NCSK said the data is based on the information received by it from various sources and actual information may vary.
Since 2015, of the total 376 deaths, compensation was paid in 275 cases. According to the data in Parliament, Uttar Pradesh recorded 21 deaths, followed by Maharashtra at 17.
Untouchability is scarring the lives of thousands of children in Uttar Pradesh.
As the govt survey on manual scavengers gets delayed, Ritwika Mitra visits some villages in UP to find that poverty, lack of options and systemic apathy make scores of people pick human excreta.
Yarayya was one of the manual scavengers who was hurriedly roped in to clean a manhole on the Kaggadaspura main road past midnight on Monday.
BWSSB had issued a notice to the company, warning it that its bills would not be cleared if the work is not proper.
The supervisor who also died in the incident, was allegedly pressurised to fix the manhole in CV Raman Nagar by Ramky contractors.
Manhole cleaners don’t only work in hell-like conditions, they live in similar conditions.
The Baiyappanahalli police have filed a case and held the contractor responsible for not giving any safety kits to the workers.