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Delhi CM Provides Manual Scavengers With 200 Sewer Cleaning Vehicles; Turns Them Into ‘Sani-Entrepreneurs’

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The Delhi government on Thursday provided 200 skilled manual scavengers with sewer cleaning vehicles, turning them into ‘sani-entrepreneurs’.

The Kejriwal government took the laudable step in an effort to rid the capital city of the menace of manual scavenging. Terming the event as ‘historic’, CM Arvind Kejriwal emphasised on the need to secure a life of dignity for everyone. “These machines will put an end to the practice of sanitation workers entering manholes and septic tanks for cleaning,” Kejriwal mentioned in his speech at the inauguration event.

Giving a life of dignity

Speaking to Efforts For Good, an official from Delhi Jal Board informs, “We have allotted the machines to around 192 families who used to practise manual scavenging and were in dire need of rehabilitation work after government legally prohibited the practice. We identified the families who have suffered casualties, injuries or other mishaps due to manual scavenging.”

“Delhi is the first state in India where such a progressive step was enacted for uplifting these underprivileged families,” he adds.

Rajendra Pal Gautam, Minister of SC-ST Welfare, said that the Delhi government has always been committed to working towards effective upliftment of the lesser privileged Scheduled Caste people, and this step was another indicator of the same.

How the machine works

The technology has been developed by Delhi Jal Board engineers Bhupesh Kumar and V.K. Grover who designed compact vehicles fitted with machinery for quick, hassle-free and effective cleaning of sewers. The vehicles will be operated by the 200 manual scavengers who were beneficiaries of the scheme.

“The machines comprise all the essential types of equipment for sewer cleaning including machinery for hydraulic, jetting, grabbing and roding work. Manholes up to 30 feet depth can be properly cleaned up and all the residue sewage waste will be brought out to a trolley and disposed of in a sustainable manner. This is an international technology and has been implemented for the first time in India. The vehicles are small, not more than 14 feet in height, which will enable them to penetrate narrow lanes as well. These vehicles will be deployed on-ground within the next few days,” states an official from Delhi Jal Board.

Delhi Jal Board CEO Anil Kumar Singh said that the machines will allow the board to ensure even the sewage in the congested lanes of the city is cleaned regularly.

Efforts For Good take

Manual scavenging is perhaps the most inhuman practice existing even in 2019. Not only is it hazardous and risky, but the work is also highly degrading. The manual scavengers face the worst form of social discrimination for generations and are deprived of their basic human rights. The Delhi government’s step has definitely set a benchmark for the rest of India to follow. Efforts For Good hopes all manual scavengers get the chance to lead a life of dignity and respect.


Also Read: Delhi Govt Launches Bike Ambulances For Faster Emergency Response In Congested Areas

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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