The 2013 Prohibition of Manual Scavenging Act 2013 is an important step in ending manual scavenging says Asif Shaikh from Jan Sahas, but much more needs to be done to ensure time-bound and comprehensive rehabilitation of women and vulnerable communities that are trying to break free from manual scavenging.
The challenge of ending manual scavenging
In the first of a three-part interview, Asif Shaikh, Convenor, Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan and Jan Sahas outlines the challenge facing India, in ending manual scavenging.
Ending Manual Scavenging
Anoop Shrivastava, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment outlines the Government of India’s two-pronged strategy to address manual scavenging. One, to correctly identify those engaged in manual scavenging and second, to ensure they are comprehensively rehabilitated.
Improving Socio Economic Indicators
M. Nagaraj, Managing Director, National Safai Karamchari Finance and Development Corporation, says the organization offers term loans and education loans, to improve the socio-economic indicators of cleaning personnel, amongst the most vulnerable of the working population in India.