Centre asks states to eradicate manual scavenging

New Delhi: Regretting the prevalence of manual scavenging, the Government on Monday asked the states to eradicate the "shameful practice" by the end of the 11th plan period.

Despite various efforts made by the Central Government and the states, the practice of manual scavenging still exist in some parts of the country, Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik said.

Inaugurating a consultation meeting on eradication of manual scavenging and rehabilitation of manual scavengers here today, he said the National Advisory Council (NAC) had recently recommended monitoring implementation of the law relating to the employability of the manual scavengers at the highest level of the Central and State governments.

It will also monitor the progress in abolition of manual scavenging on a quarterly basis.

He said a survey conducted by Safai Karamchari Andolan (SKA) has provided the Government a list of 4,833 persons still engaged in the practice of manual scavenging in 14 states.

"We have already requested the concerned State Government to take immediate steps for their rehabilitation in alternative occupations," the Minister said.