Manual Scavenging: The Role of Government and Civil Society in against discriminative practice


  • Vikram Singh Department of Social Work Guru Ghasidas University (A Central University) Bilaspur


This paper attempts to study the issue of manual scavenging and its various dimensions. It also looks into the initiatives taken economically, politically and socially by Government and various Civil Society Organisations which bring this scavenging community person together to eradicate or intend to eradicate manual scavenging in India. The papers work on the assumption of how constitutional frameworks and Laws leave much scope for radical reforms as the gaps prevail which weaken implementation. The paper also aspires to look into the Civil Societies Movements, their direction, leadership and strength to understand why these movements have not been able to sufficiently create a pressure group of manual scavenging community despite the constitutional law which prohibits the inhumane practice. Besides the historical legacy of the freedom movement, including Gandhi’s and Ambedkar’s opposed the practice of manual scavenging. Lastly, analysis and conclusion have drawn with the help of a survey of literature and secondary sources of available data.