Saturday, December 5, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Bihar to provide money for rehabilitating manual scavengers

Bihar to provide money for rehabilitating manual scavengers
December 5th, 2009 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS

Patna, Dec 5 (IANS) The Bihar government will provide financial
assistance of Rs.15 crore to rehabilitate nearly 5,000 Dalits who are
still engaged in manual scavenging, an official said Saturday.
"Nearly 5,000 Dalits engaged in manual scavenging will be provided
Rs.30,000 each as financial assistance on Dec 10 here at a function,"
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Welfare department principal
secretary K.P. Ramiah told IANS.

"The state government has decided to provide financial assistance to
those engaged in manual scavenging for rehabilitating them," Ramiah

He said the inhuman practice still exists in the state despite the
central government's directive over two years ago to abolish it.

"But now, the state government is committed to abolish manual
scavenging by launching a special scheme for rehabilitating people
engaged in this inhuman practice," he said.

As per the official survey of 1996, 10,641 people were engaged in
manual scavenging in different parts of Bihar.

But NGOs working among Dalits estimate that nearly 20,000 people were
working as manual scavengers. The term 'manual scavenging' describes
the work of manually cleaning and removing human excreta from toilets.


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