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Swachh Bharat Mission is a deception without abolition of manual scavenging

Manual scavenging is a stigma on India. It was declared illegal 25 years back. Still, sewer deaths continue. It is not that resources for abolition of manual scavenging are lacking. It is continuing only due to government’s apathy, says Raj Valmiki.

There is no dearth of resources for doing away with the horrendous practice of manual scavenging. What is lacking is interest and empathy on the part of government. No one is ready to see the India of manual scavengers. It remains unseen. But the issue won’t be resolved by overlooking the stinking Bharat. India can be called  ’Swachh Bharat’ only when this barbaric practice ends.

Government can take the initiative to get septic tanks cleaned using robot machines. These little machines can be purchased from Germany or Japan or can be produced within India by Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) and Ajanta Technologies. It will also give a push to PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme….

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About The Author

Raj Valmiki

Raj Valmiki is Safai Karmachari Andolan’s documentation coordinator and has been published in various newspapers and magazines. His writings include poems, stories, satires, ghazals, essays, book reviews, children’s poems and more. He has also authored two books: Kalion Ka Chaman (a collection of poems, ghazals and short stories) and Is Samay Mein (a collection of short stories).

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