Government to introduce bill to make law banning manual scavenging more stringent

12 Sept 2020

Government to introduce bill to make law banning manual scavenging more stringent

The official says that the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, also proposes to completely mechanise sewer cleaning and provide better protection at work and compensation in case of accidents.

The bill proposes to make the law banning manual scavenging more stringent by increasing the imprisonment term and the fine amount. Currently Currently, any person engaged in hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks is punishable with imprisonment of up to five years or a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh or both.