Manual scavenging is a scourge that needs to be completely rooted out from the country at the earliest!
Since it is a problem of such complexity and magnitude, it will take decades to see the desired results
Can government alone provide all the necessary solutions?
An out of box solution is needed!
Both public and private enterprises need to put their act together.
The consciousness of the entire nation should be awakened to put the project on fast track.
Sadly, even after more than half a century, the practice of manual scavenging still continues as statistics indicate that
70 crores of Indian citizens defecate in the open,
a global record.
Scavenging is the practice of manual cleaning of human excreta from service/ dry latrines. The scavengers enter the dry latrines and collect the human excreta, carry it as head-load in a container to dispose it off.
In this so-called civilized century some people have to perform the demeaning job of clearing human excreta in order to earn their livelihood.
Many deaths take place when individuals enter the manholes due to asphyxiation. The deaths can be actually be attributed to civic indifference as citizens mindlessly dump a wide range of things including bags, thermocol, pillows, shoes, plastic bags, bottles, sanitary napkins in the drain that is manually removed by the workers.
Even with a law in place, achieving a status of zero-manual scavenging seems a distant dream. It is not only a social problem but a major environmental & public health concern.
The human development index is substantially lowered under poor sanitary conditions as it is complexly intertwined with health and education issues.