Has law to pro­hibit man­ual scav­eng­ing: HC asks civic agen­cies

The Political and Business Daily - - METRO -

THE Delhi High Court has sought re­sponse from mu­nic­i­pal agen­cies, es­pe­cially the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), on whether they have com­plied with the pro­vi­sions of the 2013 law pro­hibit­ing em­ploy­ment of man­ual scav­engers and are pro­vid­ing for their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

A bench of jus­tices B D Ahmed and S Mridul ques­tioned whether the pro­vi­sion in Pro­hi­bi­tion of Em­ploy­ment as Man­ual Scav­engers and Their Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Act 2013, pro­hibit­ing peo­ple from be­ing em­ployed to clean haz­ardous wastes and sep­tic tanks has been com­plied with and if so, to what ex­tent.

The court also asked if any sur­vey of man­ual scav­engers, who may still be work­ing in ur­ban ar­eas, has been con­ducted by the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and DJB and sought de­tails of when the ex­er­cise was com­menced and con­cluded, if at all.

It has also sought in­for- ma­tion on whether those found to be en­gaged in man­ual scav­eng­ing have been re­ha­bil­i­tated ac­cord­ing to the pro­vi­sions of the Act.

The in­for­ma­tion has to be pro­vided, within four weeks, through an af­fi­davit which will also con­tain a list of con­tracts and con­trac­tors em­ploy­ing man­ual scav­engers ac­cord­ing to the court's ear­lier order of Au­gust 2008, the bench said and listed the mat­ter for fur­ther hear­ing on Novem­ber 19.

The court also ob­served that if there is non-com­pli­ance of its or­ders, then even an FIR can be lodged against those re­spon­si­ble.

Mean­while, New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil has in­formed the court that man­ual scav­eng­ing has been banned in all the ar­eas fall­ing un­der its con­trol.

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