Poor State Data, Cen­tre to Con­duct Own Sur­vey

Ch­hat­tis­garh says it has 3 man­ual scav­engers

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Free­dom from man­ual scav­eng­ing by 2019 was one of the first­promis­esof PMNaren­draModi but the Cen­tre af­ter hav­ing failed to get the ac­tual num­ber of scav­engers from states, is now likely to go for an in­de­pen­dent third -party sur­vey.

Of­fi­cials at the min­istry for so­cial jus­tice and em­pow­er­ment are now mulling over ask­ing the Tata In­sti­tu­teof So­cialS­cience­sorIn­dian Coun­cil of So­cial Sci­ence Re­search to­car­ry­outa­com­pre­hen­sivesur­vey across all states to know the num­ber of man­ual scav­engers.

In a re­cent meet­ing, of­fi­cials ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment over the fig­ures sub­mit­ted by sev­eral States on scav­engers and feel only a third­party sur­vey can help in set­ting the record straight. The Cen­tre has writ­ten at least thrice to all state govern­ments in the last two years to fur­bish re­li­able and ac­cu­rate num­bers of peo­ple in­volved in such tasks.

As per the lat­est data avail­able with the govern­ment, there are 11,635 man­ual scav­engers across the country. Only 12 States have sub­mit­ted de­tails, of which UP is the only State with a re­li­able num­ber - 10,016.

“Ch­hat­tis­garh has said it has only 3 man­ual scav­engers. The data of­fered by many states is ridicu­lous and con­trary to what or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Na­tion­alSa­farKar­ma­char­iAn­dolan are claim­ing. There have been sev­eral deaths of man­ual scav­engers in dis­tricts which have no record of their work,” an of­fi­cial said.

The Cen­tre has noted that sev­eral state govern­ments have failed to im­ple­ment the pro­vi­sions of the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Em­ploy­ment of Man­ual Scav­engers and their Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Act, 2013, and the di­rec­tions of the Supreme Court for com­pen­sa­tion to fam­i­lies of man­ual scav­engers. West Ben­gal has cited 98 and Pun­jab 64 man­ual scav­engers.

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