March to Eradicate Manual Scavenging

For ten days in March 2016, safai karmacharis (sanitation workers) marched throughout Karnataka to call for the eradication of manual scavenging in accordance with the 2013 Manual Scavenging Act.  The series of rallies, known as a jatha, was organized by the Safai Karmachari Kavula Samiti, or Sanitation Workers Watchdog Committee, an umbrella network of manual scavengers / safai karmacharis and activists in Karnataka, with 2 main objectives:

– eradication of manual scavenging
– ending outsourcing of this work to private contractors.
SKKS has representatives from most districts in the state. The state-wide jatha began in Kolar District, continued in Tumkur and  and culminated with 2000 people in Bangalore to protest and meet the Chief Minister, who promised to convene a meeting in April with all stake-holders, including civil-society representatives, to work towards ending manual scavenging in Karnataka.
Listen to KB Obalesha, state convener talk about SKKS in this video.

AID supports health, awareness and livelihood programs for sanitation workers in Tumkur District, Karnataka and stands in solidarity with the demand to uphold the Eradication of Manual Scavenging Act (2013).

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