The 78-year-old legend who is one of the most active celebrities on Twitter took to the platform to share his thoughts on the act of manual scavenging.
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.
When contacted, VMC chief engineer D Mariyanna said the engineering department has given the task of clearing the silt in open drains to various contractors in the city.
Officially, Pakistan denies the existence of caste-based practices in the country. But the discrimination and abuse of minorities in the state continues to persist.
Despite manual scavenging being banned, continuous deaths are a testament that the practice continues unabated, even in the developed industrial corridors.
Officials were flummoxed when Corporation Commissioner S Sivasubramaniam on Tuesday issued an order placing under immediate suspension two engineers for dereliction of duty.
A senior police officer said that following a PCR call at 1 pm about the two men stuck inside a sewer, a team was rushed to the spot immediately.
The manual scavengers live in small low-income settlements in different pockets in the city such as Nagawara, Tanisandra, Saraipalya, Hegdenagar and Kacharakanahalli among others.
Siddappa died of asphyxiation while cleaning a septic tank in Shivajinagar on January 25.
He suffocated in a septic tank and died on the spot, another worker who tried to rescue him is in hospital
A 22-year-old labourer suffocated to death while another is critical after they got down to clean a septic tank located in Ganesh Bagh Jain Stanak in Shivajinagar on Saturday morning.
Even though the law makes any form of manual scavenging a crime, on Saturday, Bengaluru saw a young man’s life snuffed out because of the long-standing failure to enforce the law.
Battling social stigma with ineffective laws, two families struggle to pick up the pieces after losing their sole bread earners to the abominable practice of manual scavenging.
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.