PATNA: Authorities have declared Bihar free from the dirty practice of manual scavenging.
The inhumane practice continuing here for long was a blot on the face of Bihar. This had continued on despite the India government passing of the Employment of manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993.
But, this is out of practice now. This came to light after the authorities conducted survey in Bihar recently.
“We had conducted a survey about manual scavenging. None was found to be engaged in this practice and the matter has been communicated to the centre,” secretary of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Welfare Department, Government of Bihar, Prem Singh Meena told the media on Monday.
As pr the report, all the manual scavengers have opted for job change and shifted to other works.
A report of the government tabled in the Parliament in 2018 had identified 12,737 manual scavengers in India till January 2017, reports said.