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347 people have died in five years in the country after cleaning underground drains, says the Center

347 individuals have died in 5 years within the nation after cleansing underground drains, says the Heart

Calcutta TV Net Desk: Carrying solely underwear. Apply mud on the physique. That is their behavior of happening into the underground drains. Half of their day is spent in soiled water, toxic fuel and water. And many individuals died in accidents whereas cleansing that poisonous water, smelly rubbish.

In line with central authorities knowledge, round 347 individuals have died in India within the final 5 years whereas cleansing drains and septic tanks. Out of which 40 % are from Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Delhi.

In response to a written query within the Lok Sabha on July 19, Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Virendra Kumar stated that 92 individuals had been employed in cleansing drains and septic tanks in 2017, 67 in 2018, 116 in 2019, 19 in 2020, 36 in 2021 and this yr. That’s, 17 individuals died in 2022.

Guide scavenging has already been banned below the Guide Scavenging Act, 2013. In line with this legislation, no human being might be employed to wash drains and septic tanks. The works will likely be carried out by absolutely trendy equipment. However in defiance of that legislation, persons are nonetheless cleansing the underground drains or septic tanks within the quaint manner. It’s alleged that no safety preparations are made for them. Even town of Kolkata isn’t any exception.

Lately within the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for City Affairs Kaushal Kishore stated that the central authorities has taken up a nationwide motion mission known as ‘Namaste’ to wash the sewers with the assistance of machines. In consequence, the variety of deaths in cleansing drains, sewers, septic tanks will come right down to virtually zero. Not solely this, solely expert staff will likely be employed for this.

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