Rajasthan social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi on Monday asked for a fresh survey of manual scavengers and directed officials to ensure their rehabilitation as per the Centre’s guidelines.
The minister was addressing a meeting of the committee constituted for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers at the secretariat. The meeting also reviewed work progress in view of the directives issued during the last committee meeting, the minister said.
Chaturvedi said that all rural development, panchayti raj and local body officials had been asked to conduct a fresh survey in their respective areas and identify the number of manual scavengers. The objective is to put an end to manual scavenging by helping them join the main stream of socio-economic development.
“The identified scavengers will be given assistance of Rs 40,000 by the central government and thereafter will be given training and loan to become self-employed and independent,” Chaturvedi said.
The earlier survey reportedly had some anomalies as it had put the number of toilets in the rural areas at 532 and 415 scavengers in urban areas. Subsequently, the list was sent to the central government, he said.
“( Now) We have asked the panchayati raj department to file an undertaking (that no one is) involved in manual scavenging, and if yes then list them. Similarly, I have asked northwestern railway officials to file an undertaking that none of the employees is involved in manual scavenging at railway tracks or stations. Both the departments are asked to submit a report so that future action could be planned,” he said. The railway department has been asked to submit the report in seven days.