Recognize safai karmacharis of Valmiki community as manual scavengers, give them permanent jobs, housing plots
July 21, 2014 2 Comments
Gujarat State claims to be No 1 in India for achieving its developmental goals. This claim is being made despite the fact that members of the Valmiki community of the scheduled castes (SCs) for years have been employed in Gujarat State’s gram panchayats, municipalities, municipal corporations and private companies in such odd jobs like disposal of human excreta and dead animals. A special civil application No 13911/08 was filed in the Gujarat High Court on this state of affairs, following a news item published in the Times of India (“These Hands Deal with Filth”, November 17, 2008). The petition to the Gujarat High Court quoted data provided by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, which had estimates that, as on January 9, 2007, there were 64,195 safai karmacharis in Gujarat. There is reason to believe that the number of safai karmacharis would have gone up drastically thereafter.