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Pay civic workers, don’t wait for more deaths: Delhi HC to AAP govt 17.4.2018 Delhi – The Indian Express
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Mulk Raj Anand’s angst with ‘isms’ 15.4.2018 The Tribune
Rumina Sethi A few years before he died, I happened to meet Mulk Raj Anand at Hauz Khas, New Delhi. Anand wondered aloud why I should have travelled a good distance to see him and asked me humorously whether Indian researchers would ever give up the three chachas of early Anglophone Indian writing, the other two being Raja Rao and RK Narayan. Yet, despite the new breed of Indian-English authors, critical concern with the elder statesmen could never be abandoned. A recent panel discussion on social inclusion at the American Center, New Delhi, where a book on Mulk Raj Anand was the subject of the conversation, gives evidence that the world of academia continues to engage critically with the author. I am referring to the book launch event of Professor Kamal Verma’s Understanding Mulk Raj Anand: His Mind and Art, moderated by his son, former US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma. Kamal Verma’s indefatigable efforts in reviving Anand in turn creates an opportunity to raise a toast to Karl Marx, especially ...
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3 officials booked under SC/ST Act 12.4.2018 The Tribune
Bathinda, April 11 The police on Wednesday booked an assistant manager, supervisor and junior engineer of Triveni Company after two sewermen were taken ill after inhaling poisonous fumes while they were cleaning manholes at Ballaram Nagar on Monday. A case under Sections 279 of the IPC and 3/4 of the SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocity) Act-89, 3 of SC & ST (POA) Act-89 (Amendment-15) and 4 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers & their Rehabilitation Act-13 against assistant manager G Sriniwas, supervisor Navgeet Singh and junior engineer Resham Singh at the Thermal police station on the complaint of Raju Singh, a resident of Sanjay Nagar, a sewerman. The accused have been booked for not providing safety gear like masks and belts and pressuring both sewerman to enter into a manhole. The accused are absconding. In his complaint, Raju has alleged that he had been working for this company for the past three years. On Monday, he along with Satish Kumar, Deepak and Ajay, was cleaning manholes at ...
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‘We walked out 8 times for not being heard’ 12.4.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 11 The opposition BJP today lashed out at the AAP government charging the latter of running away from its responsibility of discussion in the House on important public issues for raising which the Opposition was marshalled out five times while it was forced to walk out eight times for “not being heard”. To add, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta pointed out the Kejriwal government’s failure to bring even a single legislation in the Assembly during the Budget Session, one of the longest sessions, reflecting its “casual attitude”. A day after one of the longest sessions of the Delhi Legislative Assembly ended Gupta said the government tried hard to suppress the voice of the Opposition for seeking discussions on unavailability of clean drinking water in the slums and absence of basic amenities to JJ dwellers. In place of coming out with financial assistance to MCD safai karamcharies, the government once again chose to shed crocodile tears on their miserable conditions, ...
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Two inhale poisonous gas, taken ill 10.4.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 9 Two sewermen were taken ill after inhaling poisonous fumes while they were cleaning manholes at Ballaram Nagar in the city on Monday. They were taken to a private hospital from where they were shifted to the Civil Hospital in a serious condition. As information reached other workers, leaders and workers of the sewerage workers union reached the Civil Hospital and demanded action against officials of Triveni Company for negligence and “playing with the lives of workers”. They also warned that if action was not taken in the coming days, they would intensify their protest. Sewerage workers union president Nem Chand and others said Raju, a resident of Sanjay Nagar, and Satish, a resident of Sangat Mandi, work under Triveni Company, which has got the contract for maintenance and cleaning of the sewerage in the city. They said on Monday, when they were doing desilting work near Ballaram Nagar, an official of Triveni Company told them to go into the manhole, whereas ...
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Startup to test sewer-cleaning robots in Kerala, Tamil Nadu 8.4.2018 deccanherald.com
Two months after the Kerala-based startup Genrobotics developed Bandicoot, a robot that cleans sewer holes, the company is set to roll out five more robots, including ones for pilot projects planned in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Founders of the startup, who envisaged Bandicoot as a project that could end the practice of manual scavenging, have been invited to present the robot in the two states. Of the five new robots, one each would be used in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, two would be handed over to the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) and one to the Cochin International Airport Limited. Bandicoot was launched in Thiruvananthapuram, on an experimental basis, in February. Genrobotics, founded in 2015 by engineering graduates Arun George, Vimal Govind, NP Nikhil and Ashiq, specialises in powered exoskeletons and human-controlled robotic systems. The Bandicoot comes with four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web-like extension that goes into the sewer, shovels the waste and collects it in the bucket, ...
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Rahul promises abolition of contract system for safai karamcharis 8.4.2018 Deccan Herald - News
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday promised abolition of contractual employment for safai karmacharis all over India if his party came to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Rahul spent nearly 15 minutes interacting with a group of safai karmacharis - pourakarmikas as they are known in Karnataka - during the last day of his Janaashirvada Yatra in Bengaluru. "When we get the government in Delhi, we will learn from Karnataka," Rahul said during the interaction after pourakarmika Obalesh told him that the state government was "probably the only Indian state to have abolished the contract system." Obalesh also told Rahul that Karnataka had increased their wages, which benefitted nearly two lakh, civic workers. Last year, Karnataka announced the abolition of the contract system for pourakarmikas, who are mostly Dalits, after the workers took to the streets demanding direct payment of wages. Earlier, pourakarmikas were employed by garbage contractors and it was widely held that they would siphon off ...
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Rahul Gandhi assures safai karmacharis of nation wide contract abolition 8.4.2018 Deccan Herald - TOP STORIES RSS FEEDS
AICC president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday promised abolition of contractual employment of safai karamcharis all over India if his party came to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Rahul spent nearly 15 minutes interacting with a group of safai karamcharis - pourakarmikas as they are known in Karnataka - during the last day of his Janaarshirvada Yatra in Bengaluru. "If we get to govern in Delhi, we will learn from Karnataka," Rahul said during the interaction after pourakarmika Oblesh told him that the state government was "probably the only Indian state to have abolished the contract system." Obles
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Rahul to address rally at Palace Grounds on Sunday 7.4.2018 Hindu: Home
The ‘Janashirvadha Yatra’ launched by Congress in the State will culminate with a massive public rally to be addressed AICC President Rahul Gandhi in
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Huddle Kerala startup conclave: Star attraction is robot that cleans manholes 7.4.2018 India – The Indian Express
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Expanding the SC/ST Act 5.4.2018 Hindu: Op-Ed
The 2015 amendments were highlighted recently in court
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Mohali suffers in absence of Internet service 3.4.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mohali, April 2 Following suspension of mobile Internet services due to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call on Monday, thousands of residents faced inconvenience here. Those, who use radio cabs, credit/debit cards and other payments mode connected with mobile Internet services, were mainly at the receiving end. Dr Amanjot, who had to go to Nawanshahr on Monday, was quite upset as he was unable to book a radio cab. “I am unable to book an outstation radio cab for myself. There is also no bus service available here today. I don’t know what to do,” said Dr Amanjot while standing at the old bus stand at Phase VIII. Similarly, another local resident Ritu Kumari, who had to go to Panchkula, was at the receiving end. “I usually travel by radio cabs. Today, I had to go to Panchkula for an important work. I could not get a radio cab due to suspension of mobile internet services in Mohali. The public transport was also off road today,” said Ritu Kumari. Sunil, a radio cab driver, said his business ...
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Patient footfall low at PGI 3.4.2018 The Tribune

Chandigarh, April 2

The PGI OPD and Emergency witnessed a relatively low turnout due to the bandh call by the Dalit community.

Last Monday, as many as 10,700 patients had arrived at the PGI OPD, while 8,634 patients had reached the medical institute for treatment today. Many patients arrived in private vehicles as bus and train services remained interrupted due to protest.

Many OPD blocks, which used to remain chock-a-block with patients, received empty chairs. Even the Emergency received a low turnout of patients. Earlier, the Safai Karamchari Union of the PGI also held a protest for two hours in the hospital. 

The patient turnout at the GMCH-32 and GMCH-16 also remained low as compared to routine days. — TNS

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12 died desilting septic tanks last year: Govt 2.4.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 1 Twelve died in the capital last year while cleaning septic tanks while no such death has been reported so far in the current year, the Delhi Government has said. Delhi Urban Development minister Satyendra Jain informed the Legislative Assembly in a written reply that 12 have died while cleaning septic tanks in 2017-18 while adding that none of the deceased in the five incidents were employees of municipal corporations or other civic bodies of the government. District level vigilance committees have been formed to conduct a survey of manual scavengers under Section 29(3) of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013. The Urban Development department has issued notifications to form state-level monitoring committee and vigilance committees in the 11 districts of the capital. Delhi Jal Board is chalking out a standard operating procedure in this regard and has drafted Septage Management Regulation, 2018 to ensure mechanised ...
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Septic tanks death: 12 people died desilting last year, says Delhi Govt 1.4.2018 Delhi – The Indian Express
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JMC’s clean city mission on wrong track 31.3.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jammu, March 30 The Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has failed to create a monitoring mechanism to track the sanitation work being carried out by the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the city, resulting in undue favour to some individuals. This has raised a question mark over the transparency in the allotment of sanitation work to the NGOs in Jammu since 2011. Facing manpower shortage for years, the JMC has been allotting sanitation work to nearly a dozen NGOs within the municipal limits of the winter capital. As per the audit report titled ‘Annual Technical Inspection’, conducted by the government, “There was lack of monitoring of the compliance of the contractual terms and performance by the NGOs, which resulted in undue favour to some organisations and diversion of the JMC’s resources for the jobs outsourced.” All the NGOs engaged were required to deposit a Call Deposit Receipt (CDR) of Rs 50,000 before the allotment of the contracts by the municipality. However, eight ...
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SC/ST Atrocities Act: Dalit MPs meet PM Modi, no Central assurance on review petition 29.3.2018 Front Page – The Indian Express
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The underground gas chambers 24.3.2018 Hindu: National
Despite improvement of technology, deaths of workers in manholes continue
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‘Treat it as a hazardous work’ 24.3.2018 Hindu: National

Clearing of underground drainage network in the city is done using machines.

The last incident of the death of a worker occurred in April 2016 while clearing a manhole at Siripuram. After a s

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The underground gas chambers 24.3.2018 Hindu: National
Despite improvement of technology, deaths of workers in manholes continue
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