Govt formulates NAMASTE scheme for cleaning of sewers, septic tank
Government has formulated a National Action Plan for Mechanized Sanitation Ecosystem- NAMASTE scheme for cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.
What is the NAMASTE Scheme?
The scheme is a joint venture of the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
The Ministry has prepared a list of essential safety machinery and main equipment to be used by Safai Mitras.
This step has been taken by the government to end the practice of manual scavenging in India.
Manual scavenging is the practice of removing human feces by hand from a sewer or septic tank.
Aims of the scheme
Achieving zero mortality in sanitation works in India.
Preventing any sanitation worker from coming in direct contact with human faecal matter
Ensuring all sewer and septic tank sanitation workers have access to alternative livelihoods
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