Is there any end to manual scavenging in India?

Safai Karamcharis (or sanitation workers), the most neglected community of people in the fast growing India. According to the reply filed by the Minister of state for Social Justice Vijay Sampla, 12226 manual scavengers are presently employed in India, out of them 82% are from Uttar Pradesh. Also, in a separate reply filed by the Ministry of Rural Development in the lower house, 167487 households … Continue reading Is there any end to manual scavenging in India?

Report on scenario of Solid Waste Management (SWM) in Dehradun

The report discusses the current scenario of solid waste management (SWM) in Dehradun. Dehradun, is the densely populated and growing urban city. The poor urban governance with low awareness of key health and sanitation issues among the public is creating huge problem in the city. The report provides in detail the present system of waste collection, its constitution and components. The report also discusses about … Continue reading Report on scenario of Solid Waste Management (SWM) in Dehradun

“Swachh Bharat represents toilet users, not toilet cleaners”

Bezwada Wilson, national convenor, Safai Karamachari Andolan, and Magsaysay award winner explains how manual scavenging is a problem arising out of caste, class and patriarchy. As the government plans to build 12 crore toilets by 2019 under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the Magsaysay award winner questions who will clean these toilets and how many people will die cleaning them. Explaining how manual scavenging is actually … Continue reading “Swachh Bharat represents toilet users, not toilet cleaners”