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“Manual Scavenging Is An Unconstitutional And Illegal Act,” Says Amitabh Bachchan As He Pledges To Join ‘Any Campaign’ That Works For Welfare Of Manual Scavengers

Amitabh Bachchan talks about the plight of manual scavengers in India says he hopes for a brighter future for sanitation workers and prays for a dignified life as humans

“Manual Scavenging Is An Unconstitutional And Illegal Act,” Says Amitabh Bachchan As He Pledges To Join ‘Any Campaign' That Works For Welfare Of Manual Scavengers
Highlights
  • Amitabh Bachchan shared a blog post about manual scavengers
  • He terms manual scavenging as an “unconstitutional and illegal act”
  • Will join any campaign that work on the welfare of manual scavengers: Big B

New Delhi: 78-year-old megastar Amitabh Bachchan today took to social media once again to talk about the plight of sanitation workers. Mr Bachchan termed manual scavenging as an “unconstitutional and illegal act” and said that he has pledged to join any campaign that works for the benefit of such workers. Big B who is one of the most active celebrities on Twitter took to the platform to share his thoughts on the act of manual scavenging, he said,

“Events of the day move you beyond words .. tonight is one such day .. manual scavenging is an unconstitutional and illegal act. Yet it exists and that work, suffer in human existence…Will join any campaign that works for their benefit, have pledged.”

Along with a tweet, Mr Bachchan also shared his thoughts on manual scavenging on his official blog post. He said,

There are times when the events of the day seem to last longer than what they were meant to be… the strength and the agony of them that live and serve in inhuman conditions and environs.. who get the discrimination of society, who labour in conditions that are humiliating yet for the presence and existence, they suffer?

In his blog, he also said that having a roof and feeding the family is sanitation workers prime objective. He added,

I am unable to contend with this and it shall end here. With the hope and prayer that the end for them that live in extraneous circumstances is of a brighter and existent life as humans..

This is not the first time Mr Bachchan has been vocal about manual scavenging. Previously, during Banega Swasth India campaign telethons, Mr Bachchan has spoken about the issue at length. In the recently held 12-hour #SwasthyaMantra telethon on October 2, Mr Bachchan said that manual scavenging was put to an end on papers back in 2013 but on ground, the situation has not changed much. Sharing a personal experience, Mr Bachchan added,

During the last NDTV-Dettol Banega Swasth India telethon, we had invited some of the guests on the show and I asked them if there is some kind of machinery available which can do the work of manual scavengers instead of person going inside the drain and I was told yes there are manufacturers in the market that make such type of machinery. I contacted one of the manufacturers from Aurangabad and purchased 50 such machines as a part of my contribution to end this inhuman thing. 25 of the manual scavengers, I specially called them at my home to hand over these machines and told these manual scavengers that they should use these machines for their own safety and not sell it. Till now, I haven’t heard from these manual scavengers nor I know anything about these machines. There are lot which is being done by people for manual scavengers but the reality on-ground is just not changing. We still are reading in papers about the deaths of manual scavengers every now and then. So, what is really happening on the ground?

Also Read: 12-Hour #SwasthyaMantra Telethon: Amitabh Bachchan Salutes Frontline Workers For Their Work

Answering Mr Bachchan’s question on what is being done in-ground to change this scenario, Magsaysay awardee and Founder of Safai Karmachari Andolan, Bezwada Wilson added,

Individuals can make a little change but through policy intervention, we can expect some bigger changes, when it comes to manual scavenging. We need companies coming together to work on the issue of manual scavengers, we also need the government to come up with a separate policy for manual scavenging in India and ensuring it is not practised in any section of our societies.

Mr Wilson further said that this is also an issue of caste and patriarchy, as there are women in various states who go and carry human waste in their bare hands.

Also Read: We Need A Dignified Name For Manual Scavengers, Says Amitabh Bachchan

In 2018, Banega Swasth India campaign Cleanathon, Mr Bachchan also said that we need a dignified name for manual scavengers and added,

We need to design a word to describe them, without sounding menial. It’s like we no longer say physically handicapped, we call them ‘differently abled’, in Hindi they were addressed as ‘viklaang’, we now have a more dignified name for them ‘divyaang’. I would wish for a dignified name for manual scavengers as well.

Mr Bachchan also asked for suggestions from the public in his blog post previously. He had said, “I shall welcome any suggestions for them, which portray dignity and respectability.”

Also Read: 12-Hour #SwasthyaMantra Telethon: Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan Sets The Agenda For Season 7 Of Banega Swasth India Campaign

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.  

World

24,50,12,529Cases
20,64,25,824Active
3,36,14,434Recovered
49,72,271Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
1,60,9891,672Active
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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