The highest number of deaths from sewer cleaning reported in the last 25 years in Tamil Nadu

NEW DELHI: Of a total of 620 cases of sewage cleaning deaths in 15 states reported since 1993, the largest number of cases is 144, followed by 131 and 75 of Karnataka.

In the 620 cases that have been identified so far, total compensation has been paid in 445 cases, a partial payment has been made in 58 cases and there are 117 pending cases, the State Minister for the Ministry of Justice told the Lower House. social and empowerment. A written response to a question.

The Supreme Court in 2014 ordered the states and territories of the Union to identify all the deaths of people involved in the cleaning of sewers and septic tanks that have occurred since 1993. The court said that compensation of Rs 10 lakh should be paid to the family of the passed away.

In addition, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka, the other 12 states and UT that have reported cases of deaths to the Center include Uttar Pradesh (71), Haryana (51), Rajasthan (33), Punjab (30), Delhi (28), West Bengal (18), Uttarakhand (9), Andhra Pradesh (8) and Chandigarh (4 each) and (2).

In a separate question in the Lok Sabha, the minister shared that a total of 53,598 manual pickers were identified between December 2013 and June 2019. However, to a question about whether it is true that there has not been a single conviction in the cases , the minister has stated that there have been no reports of any state or territory of the Union regarding the conviction in such cases.

The law authorizes the district magistrate and other subordinate officers to ensure that no person engages in the collection of information and to ensure the investigation and prosecution of a person who contravenes the provisions of the Prohibition of Employment as Scavengers Manual and its Rehabilitation Act. 2013. State governments have been asked to submit a monthly progress report in this regard.

In accordance with United States Law, it is mandatory under the rules for employers to provide safety equipment, devices and equipment and to ensure that safety precautions are followed before hiring a person to clean sewers and pits. septic.