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Startup has solution for sewer deaths 19.11.2017 DNA: Mumbai
The practice of manual scavenging is banned in India since 1993 and yet over 126 people have lost their lives cleaning sewers and septic tanks since January this year alone. Despite the laws and Supreme Court interventions, manual scavenging continues. However, 25 years after the ban came into force, eight young engineers — all founders of a Kerala-based startup Genrobotics — are working with Kerala government to put an end to the practice. They have designed a robot, chritstened Bandicoot, which literally means a rat, that can enter into the sewer holes and clean it, exatly like a human would do. "We were approached by the state IT Secretary M Sivasankar seeking our assistance in combating the problem through technology. The idea is to replace the term manhole with robothole so that no human life is lost doing this undignified task," says Vimal Govind, 23, a founding-member of Genrobotics. The Bandicoot has four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web looking extension, which can go inside ...
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P’kula MC’s sweeping act 16.11.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Panchkula, November 15  Owing to poor sanitation, especially in colonies and villages, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation has planned to start a night sweeping project.  The Haryana Government has given an approval to hire more safai karamcharis for the sanitation wing.  The project is likely to start next month.  Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Jopgal said they had got an approval to hire more safai karamcharis and the process will start soon.  The sweeping will be done manually.  Recently, an affidavit was filed by the Panchkula Municipal Corporation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, stating that it had just 186 bins for the  collection of  garbage in the municipal limits. The Panchkula civic body limits include Kalka and Pinjore too.  In the absence of garbage bins, people have converted open spaces, empty plots and entry points of villages and colonies into small dumping grounds.  Panchkula was ranked 211 in the Swachh Survekshan this year, which was the worst performance in ...
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Manual scavenging law to be amended to hike compensation for deaths 15.11.2017 India – The Indian Express
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India rejects UN official's criticism of sanitation drive 12.11.2017 Deccan Herald - Breaking News Rss Feeds
The Indian government has rejected criticism of its ambitious sanitation programme by a United Nations official who said lower caste communities had their rights violated by being left to clean toilets built in a nationwide drive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India Mission, with much fanfare after he took office in 2014. The main aim is to eliminate open defecation by October 2019 by building individual and public toilets. But activists say the campaign has failed to end the practice of manual scavenging, or clearing faeces by hand, and has even exa
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Plea against levy of separate cleaning charges 12.11.2017 Hindu: Home
PIL filed in High Court Bench
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Civic officials’ ‘wrong report’ raises questions 12.11.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mohali, November 11  Questions are being raised on the working of certain senior officials of the Mohali Municipal Corporation after it was found that they had prepared reports stating that safai karamcharis were on duty on national holidays.  MC chief sanitary inspector and sanitary inspector have furnished reports on manual sweeping in the town for October 2, 5 and 19, which also contain details about the sanitation condition, presence and absence of safai karamcharis.  What’s strange is the fact that October 2 was a national holiday, while it was Valmiki Jayanti on October 5 and Diwali on October 19.   “On these days, no safai karamchari came to work,” said Sobha Ram, president of the Mohali MC Safai Karamchari Union.  The reports, allegedly being termed as fabricated, are said to have been prepared by the officials without doing a field check. Mohali Deputy Mayor Manjit Singh Sethi has filed a complaint with the higher authorities, including minister Navjot Sidhu, Mohali ...
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UN expert finds holes in 'Swachh Bharat Mission', gets panned 11.11.2017 The Tribune
New Delhi, November 10 Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet 'Swachh Bharat' mission on Friday came in for sharp criticism by a top UN expert on sanitation who said it "lacked a holistic human rights approach", drawing swift reproval from the government. The government also took exception to the United Nation's Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation Leo Heller's reference to Mahatma Gandhi's spectacles in the mission's logo, and his "rambling" report containing "inaccuracies, sweeping generalisations and biases". "In the last two weeks I have visited rural and urban areas, slums and settlement camps where undocumented population is residing... and I have found that these initiatives lack a more human rights approach," he said. A press release by the office of the High Commissioner, United Nations Human Rights, on the issue, which had a reference to Mahatma Gandhi, drew strong criticism from the government. The release was distributed at the press conference. "Everywhere ...
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UN Rapporteur calls for ‘human rights approach’ to Swachh Bharat Mission 10.11.2017 HBL: Industry & Economy
India slams expert for making ‘sweeping generalisations’
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Now, a spat over Gandhi glasses 10.11.2017 Hindu: National
Change Swachh logo: UN official
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UN envoy says Modi's Swachh Bharat mission 'faulty', Govt calls report 'rambling' 10.11.2017 India News | Get Live Updates Of UP Polls, 2017 And Other Breaking News And Analysis On Politics And Current Affairs From India
The UN expert also said both sanitation and provision of safe drinking water should be accorded equal priority.
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Civic bodies failed to clean even one area of Delhi clean: HC 9.11.2017 PTI: All news
Civic bodies failed to clean even one area of Delhi clean: HC
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Waste segregation a thing of the past 5.11.2017 Hindu: Cities
Residents of several wards say that door-to-door collection of segregated waste on Wednesdays has never been done
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Not joining Congress, says Jignesh Mevani 3.11.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
Putting to rest reports of Congress's overtures to him, Jignesh Mevani on Thursday said that he was not joining the party. The firebrand Dalit leader, though said he is ready for a discussion with top Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi. The convener of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch said, "I am not going to contest the polls either. The only thing we want is the Congress to clarify its stand on the 17 demands that we have made for Dalits." Among the demands are allotment of five acres of farmland to each Dalit family, alternative employment to those involved in skinning of cattle and manual scavenging, and the release of a probe report into the firing on the community members at Thangadh in Surendranagar district in 2012. Mewani said the Bharatiya Janata Party has never responded to their demands. "We want the Congress to say what it is going to do if the Dalits were to support it. I am open to talks with the Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi. But it will be an open meeting and not a secret ...
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MC warns traders, rehri owners against littering roads 2.11.2017 The Tribune

Ludhiana, November 1

MC Commissioner Jaskiran Singh has warned shopkeepers/ showrooms/ rehri-ferri vendors not to throw garbage on public roads else they would be fined.

Jaskiran Singh said the safai karamcharis of the MC clean roads before 8 am and then after 2 pm daily. “But it is observed that whenever shops/showrooms are opened around 11 am, the waste/garbage of shops is thrown on public roads. Similar is the condition with rehri-ferri vendors, who throw garbage on roads.” He instructed the staff to start imposing fine on those found guilty as throwing garbage on roads, gives a dirty look to the city.

As per the new instructions, shopkeepers would be fined to the tune of Rs1,000, while rehri-ferri owners would be asked to pay a fine of Rs500 if they throw waste on roads. He asked shopkeepers and rehri-ferri vendors to keep dustbins so that the waste could be thrown into these. — TNS

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Shrine board CEO reviews developmental projects 2.11.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jammu, November 1 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Jitendra Kumar Singh today inspected the ongoing developmental works and other facilities for pilgrims at Bhawan, Bhairon Temple, Sanjichhat and Adhkuwari. These include upcoming passenger ropeway between the Bhawan and Bhairon Temple, accommodation facilities, medicare, water and power supply, lockers, sanitation and cleanliness. During the daylong visit, the CEO also interacted with the staff of the shrine board at Bhawan and Bhairon Temple to address their difficulties. He lauded the efforts made by the officers and staff of the board to ensure facilitation of pilgrims visiting the holy cave shrine. He felicitated some of the safai karamcharis and other employees as a token of appreciation for their outstanding performance and devotion to duty. The workers were presented mementos comprising certificates and commemorative coins. He impressed upon all employees to leave no stone unturned to ...
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After safai karmachari commission’s visit, DC complains to Chief Secretary 2.11.2017 Hindu: Karnataka
Taking exception to the way the Karnataka State Safai Karmachari Commission conducted its review meeting in Hassan on Monday, Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri has written to the Chief Secretary req...
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HC stays ESMA imposed on Palike workers 31.10.2017 deccanherald.com

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday granted a stay on the notification issued by the state government which had restrained the pourakarmikas and sanitary workers from going on strike.

Justice A S Bopanna was hearing a petition by S N Balasubramaniam and nine other garbage contractors who had moved the court seeking quashing of the notification issued by the state government.

According to the petitioners, the provision of ESMA has been misused to violate the law enacted by the Centre and more particularly the Environment Protection Act and the Solid Waste Management Rules.

They also stated that for the last three years, the payments of pourakarmikas have not been revised in keeping with the inflation.

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Ahead of Mahamastakabhisheka, manual scavenging rears its ugly head 31.10.2017 Hindu: National
Alleged instances of forcible manual scavenging have come to light in Shravanabelagola, which is gearing up for the Mahamastakabhisheka celebrations in February 2018. Members of the Karnataka State Sa...
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No sweeping changes 30.10.2017 Business Standard: News Now
A news report on hiring of sweepers in the country proves how the more things change, the more they stay the same
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Insanitary conditions in Kaithal localities 30.10.2017 The Tribune
Our Correspondent Kaithal, October 29 Various localities in the town have stinking and insanitary conditions at a time when thousands of persons are suffering from various diseases. The health authorities have repeatedly advising residents to maintain proper cleanliness to keep diseases away. Heaps of accumulated garbage and overflowing garbage bins are a common sight. Shopkeepers and safai karamcharis throw the collected waste around bins. This aggravates the insanitary conditions but the municipal council (MC) authorities have failed miserably to do the needful. After receiving public complaints, the DC has pulled up MC officials for laxity on their part in maintaining cleanliness. Such a dressing-down has a short-term effect on the MC staff and soon the problem is back. MC secretary Kuldip Singh confirms that about Rs 15 lakh per month is being paid to a private contractor for collecting, lifting and carrying garbage to the dumping ground on the Khurana road. The ...
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