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Gehlot calls for time-bound elimination of manual scavenging

Emphasising Centre’s commitment to eliminate manual scavenging, Union Social Justice Minister Thawaar Chand Gehlot on Wednesday expressed concern over “only few states” furnishing information on manual scavenging.

“Only very few states have furnished information about families involved in manual scavenging. It would not be an exaggeration if I say hardly 10 to 11 states have given required information,” Gehlot said, while addressing a gathering at a conference of state ministers on complete elimination of manual scavenging through effective implementation of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 here.

He stressed that state governments should take initiatives for identifying whether the beneficiaries hold bank accounts or not.

“A one-time cash assistance of Rs 40,000 to one identified manual scavenger from a family is available. If their account numbers are provided to us, we can directly deposit the assistance to them,” the minister added. National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman PL Punia demanded stern action against officials including DMs, who are not implementing Manual Scavengers Act.
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