Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday blamed the Centre for badly implementing the Manual Scavenging Act of 2013, a legislation aimed at prohibiting employment as manual scavengers and rehabilitation of manual scavengers and their families.
Mr Gandhi’s criticism of the government came after the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry informed the Rajya Sabha that 389 people died in the country while manually cleaning sewers from 2015 to 2019.
“This shows how badly GOI has failed to implement the Manual Scavenging Act of 2013,” Mr Gandhi tweeted.
“Proactive measure must be taken to ensure no further indignity to our fellow citizens and our collective national conscience,” he said.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale said FIRs have been registered against 266 people for engaging people for hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks that resulted in fatalities.