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Scavenging, sanitation

The Hindu, 24 November 2014

 

This refers to the report, “NHRC pulls up Tamil Nadu on manual scavenging” (some editions, Nov.19), based on evidence supplied by The Hindu in Chennai. The employment of manual scavengers is inhuman and a shame on the civilised world.

 

Despite several stringent court orders and legislative measures, civic bodies continue to flout them with impunity. This is the age of high technology, and devising hi-tech systems to clean manholes should not be impossible. How long will the government exploit a community that has been oppressed and suppressed all these years? How is Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ to be implemented? Surely, not by continuing to exploit the underprivileged! Read more....