Manjunath, a manual scavenger from Davanagere in central Karnataka, cleans pit latrines and drains in his shorts and a loincloth. “We shouldn’t be doing this, but who will feed us then?” he asks. “We have been doing this all our lives.”
During this pandemic, the sanitation workers are in dire need of equipment for safety purposes and ‘a specific law’ which caters to their needs especially and not one which snatches their existing rights.
The Corporation had called for applications for the posts of 549 grade-1 sanitary posts and 7,000 applicants appeared for the three-day interview and verification of certificates which began on Wednesday, official sources said.