The Gujarat high court on Tuesday directed the state government to come up with a detailed report on what steps it has taken to end the inhuman practice of manual scavenging, which includes the practice of humans entering manholes.
A bench of Justice S R Brahmbhatt and Justice A P Thaker has sought the report from the state government by June 25. This has happened within a week of seven persons losing their lives while trying to clean a septic tank in a hotel near Dabhoi in Vadodara district.
The HC has sought details on what steps each of the municipal corporations and municipalities have taken to end the practice of manual scavenging and which surveys have been conducted to know the present situation.
The HC has also sought to know whether vigilance committee and a state monitoring committee were formed under the provisions of the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993. Besides, the high court has also asked for details about the machinery and equipments purchased for cleaning drainages so that sanitation workers do not have to enter manholes.