Over 12,700 manual scavengers have been indentified in 13 states, the Government informed the Lok Sabha Tuesday quoting a latest progress report.
As the narrow dugout canoe glides softly across the vast swamplands around Nyal, a once sleepy town in South Sudan`s Unity state, the only sound between the rhythmic plops of the paddle is silence.
States have informed the Centre that they don`t have the "problem" of manual scavenging but the latest Census suggests otherwise and the Government is trying to find out their numbers.
Earlier, they removed human excreta
with their hands and were shunned by society as `untouchables`
but after being encouraged to develop vocational skills they
now live with dignity.
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