Rajya SabhaLok Sabha

January 3, 2019

Nadimul Haque asks a Question on schemes for sewers and septic tank cleaners

Nadimul Haque asks a Question on schemes for sewers and septic tank cleaners

Question 237

Will the Minister of SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has released the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for cleaning of sewers and septic tanks for field staff;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether the procedures are legally enforceable and if so, the details thereof;

(d) if not, the reasons therefor; and

(e) the details of technological interventions brought or introduced by Government for cleaning of sewers and septic tanks?

First Supplementary Question

Whether it is a fact that the rehabilitation schemes for sewers and septic tank cleaners do not include female workers. And also, whether the definition of ‘manual scavengers’ given by the Government excludes the large number of other sanitation workers such as those who are cleaning drains?

Second Supplementary Question

Sir, whether the Government has released funds for the self-employment schemes for rehabilitation of manual scavengers only up till September, 2017? Why it is not released after that?

And Sir, the survey that has been carried out was done in only 121 districts out of the 600 districts. What about the rest of the districts?