SC panel seeks status report from Delhi govt on compensation payment to families of sewer workers
The Delhi government has been asked to submit a status report by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC). The report is regarding the status of payment of compensation to families of those who died while cleaning septic tanks in the city.
The Supreme Court had directed that ₹10 lakh should be paid as compensation to every person who died in sewage work since 1993. The National Commission for Scheduled Castes said that the status of such deaths and payment of compensation should be updated to the commission.
The commission sent a letter to Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev and Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Rashmi Singh. The commission said the details of one-time cash assistance for rehabilitation of manual scavengers and skill training provided to such persons should also be provided.
The commission also asked the city government to share all the data regarding the coverage of SC households under the Centre’s schemes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
The commission also seeks information from the government about the work it did to improve the health and education of the SC population in the city.
The letter also suggests that all the “caste indicated” words should be dropped from the names of colonies and schools, if any, in Delhi.
The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis have highlighted the fact that in Delhi 44 people died between 1993 and 2019 while cleaning septic tanks and sewers.