New Delhi, Jun 28 : Following assurance from the Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) lawmaker Manoj Jha on Friday withdrew his private members resolution in Rajya Sabha regarding deaths of persons during cleaning of municipal sewers and private septic tanks.
Replying in the Upper House over the issue, Mr Gehlot said, "The government is committed and working on to end the manual scavenging. It's a sin and we need to work on to end this practice." Further, the Minister said, "We have to act in coordination with the state government and the municipal corporation as they are the implementing agencies while the Central government can only monitor."
Highlighting his ministry's achievements in the last five years, the minister said, "We have made a provision in the law, if we find any of manual scavanger we will pay him/her Rs 40,000 instantly. In this regard, 362 persons who were involved in such kind of jobs were paid Rs 40,000 each. We also provide skill training to them to make them self reliant."
So far 13,587 persons have been imparted with skill training. "We also provide loan of Rs 15 lakh at an interest rate of five per cent for men and four per cent for women. There is also a provision to giving subsidy on loan," he informed the House. Calling all members to work together in a bid to end this practice, the Minister further urged them to bring the matter to his notice if they see anywhere across the country. He said, "We will pay Rs 40,000 and also help in making them self reliant."(UNI)