Strict ban on manual scavenging sought

Addressing the protesters, State convenor Venkatagiriyayya said despite being declared illegal, the practice of manual scavenging is still rampant in certain parts of the state, even after 65 years of Independence.

“Manual scavenging has been banned. The very fact that the deceased had been asked to do the work (when he was alive) is an offence. The authoriries should file a case against those who are indulging in the act,” he urged. Owning moral responsibility, the minister for urban development Suresh Kumar should tender resignation to the post over the death of labourers in septic tanks. He urged the Governor to sack the Minister and officials who are responsible for failing to implement the Act which has banned manual scavanging.

“The death of a labourer at Kinnigoli and at KGF has made all the civil society to bow their head in shame as it is one of the most uncivilised act. The State government should provide equipment to clean the septic tanks instead of depending on manual scavanging.

The State government is following anti-people’s policy. All the governments in the past have failed to implement the Act which bans manual scavanging effectively in the State,” he alleged. The protesters urged the government to punish the hotel owner at Kinnigoli who had asked Kitta Koraga to clean the septic tank.

The family of Kitta Koraga should be given proper compensation of Rs 25 lakh, employment and rehabilitation facility. They urged the government to implement the recommendations of I P D Salappa Committee recommendations on Paurakarmikas. The district administration shuld see that no such incidents take place in the future.

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