Separate Ministry, Apology From PM: Safai Karamchari Andolan Releases First Manifesto
The SKA also called for increasing the compensation in case of sewer deaths to Rs 1 crore.
The Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA), an organisation fighting for the rights of sanitation workers, released a manifesto laying down their demands ahead of the 2019 general election.
Among other things, the manifesto demands an apology from the Prime Minister of India for the historical injustice done to people engaged in manual scavenging.
The manifesto also calls for a special session of the parliament to end manual scavenging by humans, rehabilitation of sanitation workers, and for putting an end to sewer deaths.
SKA demands a separate ministry headed by the Prime Minister for rehabilitation of sanitation workers.
The manifesto proposes a right to life card for all sanitation workers and their families so that they can avail free education, health care, dignified employment and other benefits that are owed to them under the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution.
1% of the union budget should be allocated exclusively for the welfare of sanitation workers, the document suggests and calls abolition of contractual system which results in exploitation of workers.
The document also called for increasing the compensation in case of sewer deaths to Rs 1 crore.