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Enforce Stricter Compliance to Manual Scavenger Act: Delhi High Court

Delhi Government received directions from the Delhi High court while disposing of a Public interest litigation to ensure strict compliance in regard to the statutory provisions in Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 Act, and the Rules framed.

The Bench also directed the government to be mindful of multiple recommendations submitted by the Delhi Commission for SafaiKaramcharis (DCSK) and to take a decision within 60 days of any such recommendation being made.

The petition apart from asking for compliance with the law also skeed health insurance and medical facilities for sanitation workers and their families.

In response to this the National Commission for SafaiKaramcharis and the Central Government stated that the Commission had directed all the District Magistrates or District Commissioners to furnish details of all safaikaramcharis who have lost their lives due to COVID. Apart from this the court was also informed about the safety and safeguarding measures and details about the training of the safaikaramcharis. It also mentioned about the vaccination and the residential facilities of the workers.

The court was given information that the provisions are being followed and the compensation money is being paid along with the adequate equipment being given to the workers

The court observed that the Delhi Government “does not have any other choice” except to implement the statutory provisions as contained under the 2013 Act and relevant rules

Disposing the PIL the court said,”In light of the aforesaid, no further orders are required to be passed in the present PIL. The same stands disposed of accordingly,”

Case: HARNAM SINGH v. GOVERNMENT OF NCT OF DELHI & ORS.

Provision Used:

  1. Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act,2013.

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