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Government of India
Ministry of Rural Development
28-January-2013 17:40 IST
Bill prohibiting manual scavenging will be passed in the Budget Session-Jairam

Rural Development Minister Sh Jairam Ramesh said that the Bill prohibiting manual scavenging can be passed in the Budget Session of Parliament as there is consensus on this issue among all political parties. Addressing a seminar on sanitation here, Sh Ramesh said, Parliament has to exhibit its resolve to eliminate this despicable practice and added that the 1993 Act has failed to achieve its desired goal. The Bill titled Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation is pending in Parliament. The Minister said that as per the Census 2011, there are about 26 lakh dry latrines exist in India and after the passage of the bill, all such toilets will be closed. Sh Ramesh also called upon women self help groups to find out alternate employment for women who carry night soil and he underlined that this practice is still prevalent in states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. He said, Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan should achieve the target of open-defecation free country in the next ten years. Sh Ramesh said this should become a national obsession rather than remaining only a governmental programme.