The division bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice AK Mohapatra directed the State government to file the affidavit one week before January 10, the date fixed for next hearing on the matter.
The Cuttack Municipal Corporation is yet to ban the engagement of safai karmacharis in hazardous manual cleaning of sewers, pays meagre wages while not providing basic necessities like soaps.
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.