“Manual Scavenging Is An Unconstitutional And Illegal Act,” Says Amitabh Bachchan As He Pledges To Join ‘Any Campaign' That Works For Welfare Of Manual ScavengersAmitabh Bachchan talks about the plight of manual scavengers in India
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

17,59,54,708Cases
5,81,66,715Active
11,39,84,189Recovered
38,03,804Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,59,54,708 and 38,03,804 have died; 5,81,66,715 are active cases and 11,39,84,189 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 3:36 am.

India

2,95,10,410 70,421Cases
9,73,15853,001Active
2,81,62,947 1,19,501Recovered
3,74,305 3,921Deaths
In India, there are 2,95,10,410 confirmed cases including 3,74,305 deaths. The number of active cases is 9,73,158 and 2,81,62,947 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,08,992 10,442

1,58,617 167

56,39,271 7,504

1,11,104 2,771

Karnataka

27,65,134 7,810

1,80,856 10,961

25,51,365 18,646

32,913 125

Kerala

27,28,239 11,584

1,23,433 6,478

25,93,625 17,856

11,181 206

Tamil Nadu

23,53,721 14,016

1,49,927 12,146

21,74,247 25,895

29,547 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,09,844 6,770

85,637 5,780

17,12,267 12,492

11,940 58

Uttar Pradesh

17,02,624 452

8,986 820

16,71,852 1,221

21,786 51

West Bengal

14,61,257 3,984

17,651 1,403

14,26,710 2,497

16,896 84

Delhi

14,31,139 255

3,466 144

14,02,850 376

24,823 23

Chhattisgarh

9,86,963 459

13,677 1,405

9,59,969 1,858

13,317 6

Rajasthan

9,49,684 308

7,441 959

9,33,421 1,260

8,822 7

Odisha

8,51,782 4,469

51,681 3,309

7,96,799 7,733

3,302 45

Gujarat

8,20,321 455

10,249 614

8,00,075 1,063

9,997 6

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,183 274

4,251 524

7,75,380 780

8,552 18

Haryana

7,65,861 339

4,661 525

7,52,208 821

8,992 43

Bihar

7,17,215 487

5,312 389

7,02,411 868

9,492 8

Telangana

6,03,369 1,280

21,137 996

5,78,748 2,261

3,484 15

Punjab

5,87,903 956

12,981 1,083

5,59,360 1,980

15,562 59

Assam

4,59,497 2,167

41,373 3,272

4,14,173 5,403

3,951 36

Jharkhand

3,43,458 154

3,395 571

3,34,979 723

5,084 2

Uttarakhand

3,36,879 263

4,633 388

3,25,311 644

6,935 7

Jammu And Kashmir

3,07,412 774

15,081 1,203

2,88,145 1,965

4,186 12

Himachal Pradesh

1,98,550 237

4,777 625

1,90,382 855

3,391 7

Goa

1,62,468 420

4,882 175

1,54,658 581

2,928 14

Puducherry

1,12,528 402

5,331 414

1,05,513 809

1,684 7

Chandigarh

61,110 54

520 20

59,798 71

792 3

Manipur

59,852 530

8,499 211

50,379 726

974 15

Tripura

59,321 235

5,170 382

53,531 610

620 7

Meghalaya

41,906 305

4,623 248

36,550 547

733 6

Arunachal Pradesh

31,282 134

2,885 302

28,252 434

145 2

Nagaland

23,644 82

3,502 131

19,689 208

453 5

Ladakh

19,561 17

658 88

18,706 105

197

Sikkim

18,414 157

3,553 230

14,580 387

281

Mizoram

15,364 97

3,549 111

11,748 203

67 5

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,463 1

78 17

10,381 18

4

Lakshadweep

9,209 34

576 39

8,589 72

44 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,261 18

110 11

7,025 29

126

Coronavirus Outbreak: Full CoverageTesting CentresFAQs

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may also like

Amitabh Bachchan Donates Rs. 2 Crore To COVID-19 Care Facility In Delhi

Amitabh Bachchan has donated Rs. 2 crore to Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur COVID Care Centre at the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in Delhi to help them combat the coronavirus crisis