347 sanitation workers died in last 5 yrs across India; UP highest: Govt data | Latest News India

The center also provided year-wise mortality data of manual scavengers; 2019 had the highest number of deaths in the last five years (116), followed by 92 in 2017.

At least 347 sanitation workers have died across India in the last five years, with Uttar Pradesh recording the highest number, the Union government told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Responding to a question raised by two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs, Subrat Pathak and Manoj Tiwari, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Virendra Kumar said, “The government takes serious account of deaths due to hazardous sewage and septic cleaning. tanks.”

The center also provided year-wise mortality data of manual scavengers; 2019 saw the highest number of deaths (116) in the last five years, followed by 92 in 2017.

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The data also showed a state-wise breakdown of reported numbers.

Over the past five years, Uttar Pradesh has seen the highest number of deaths, at 51, followed by Tamil Nadu with 48 and Delhi with 44. Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of deaths in 2019; 26 septic tank workers died. Moreover, so far in 2022, 17 laborers have lost their lives, highest from Tamil Nadu (5) followed by UP (4).

Proposing measures taken by the Center to reduce such incidents, Kumar said that a unit laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has developed an “integrated solution” for mechanized drain cleaning system for urban and local bodies with a population density of 5000 mm. A blockage of 300 mm sewer line can be cleaned.

Besides, the government has formulated several schemes for manual scavengers, such as Mechanized Sanitation Ecosystem (Namaste), Swachhata Vyushman Yojana, Self-Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers and others.

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