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‘Why no rehab yet of manual scavengers?’ | Sikh News Express

By  TOI .
Dec 15, 2016

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The Delhi high court on Wednesday pulled up the AAP government over its failure to frame rules to ensure rehabilitation of manual scavengers in the capital despite a law prohibiting the practice.

A bench of Justices B D Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar pointed out that under the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, it is mandatory that the state government should frame rules or invite penalty.

HC asked the principal secretary of Delhi government’s social welfare department to be ready with an affidavit explaining the delay by 1 February 2017, if rules are not framed till then. It said the lethargy of the government has resulted in failure to fulfil mandate of Section 36 of the Act.

“You say that the previous government has not done anything. But what have you done? Is your government doing anything?” the bench demanded to know.

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