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500 cities declared as “Safai Mitra Surakshit Shehar”

According to Government data, 500 cities across India have declared themselves as ‘Safai Mitra Surakshit Shehar’. All the cities have achieved sufficiency in terms of institutional capacity, equipment norms and manpower as provided by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. All the cities are now providing safe working conditions for Safai Mitras. The “Safai Mitra ..

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HomoSEP: IIT Madras Robot to clean septic tanks

Indian Institute of Technology Madras has developed a robot called to clean septic tanks and eliminate manual scavenging in India. It is all set to be deployed in field. Highlights A total of ten robots are planned to be deployed across Tamil Nadu. Researchers are in touch with sanitation workers for identifying locations. Some locations ..

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Extension of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis

The Union Cabinet recently extended the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis for three more years. The current tenure of the commission ends in March 2022. The commission has been extended for three years after this. The extension is being made at a cost of Rs 43.68 crores. Safai karamcharis are the manual scavengers. They clean ..

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NHRC recommendations on Manual Scavenging

The National Human Rights Commission recently made recommendations to achieve Zero Manual Scavenging in the country. Why were the recommendations made? According to the National Human Rights Commission, several States make tall claims that they have achieved zero manual scavenging and Nil sanitary latrines. However, based on regional workshops held by the National Human Rights ..

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Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge: Launched across 243 cities to prevent Hazardous Sewer Cleaning

On November 19, 2020, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched the “Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge”. The challenge aims to ensure that no life of septic tank or sewer cleaner is lost during cleaning. The challenge stresses on the fact that safety and dignity of sanitation workers is the core of Swachh Bharat Mission. About ..

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Manual Scavenging in India

In a national survey which was conducted by Niti Aayog, at least 54,130 manual scavengers have been identified in the 170 districts of 18 states in the country. What is the manual scavenging? Manual scavenging refers to the practice of physically cleaning, carrying, disposing or handling in any manner, human excreta from dry latrines and ..

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