Govt to introduce Bill to make legislation banning guide scavenging extra stringent


New Delhi, September 11

The authorities plans to make the legislation banning guide scavenging extra stringent by introducing a invoice within the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which is scheduled to start from Monday.

The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, additionally proposes to fully mechanise sewer cleansing and supply higher safety at work and compensation in case of accidents, officers stated.

Currently, participating any particular person for hazardous cleansing of sewers and septic tanks by any particular person or company is punishable with imprisonment of as much as 5 years or a superb up of as much as Rs 5 lakh or each.

The invoice proposes to make the legislation banning guide scavenging extra stringent by rising the imprisonment time period and the superb quantity, the officers stated.

The invoice is among the many 23 payments to be tabled in Parliament through the Monsoon Session.

The modification invoice comes amid an rising variety of deaths throughout cleansing and upkeep of sewers within the nation.

The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, prohibits building or upkeep of insanitary latrines and employment of any particular person for guide scavenging or hazardous cleansing of sewers and septic tanks.

The invoice comes underneath the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry’s National Action Plan which goals at full elimination of hazardous cleansing of sewers and septic tanks, a extra severe, stringent and centered technique framework.

The plan goals to modernise present sewage system and protection of non-sewered areas; organising of faecal sludge and septage administration system for mechanised cleansing of septic tanks, transportation and therapy of faecal sludge; equipping the municipalities, and organising of Sanitation Response Units with helplines, in response to a doc by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. PTI



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