New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked all the state governments and Union Territories to fully implement legislation for eradicating manual scavenging and take action against violators, while issuing directions for education, employment and rehabilitation of affected people.
A bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and justices Ranjan Gogoi and N V Ramana also directed them to take appropriate action for non-implementation as well as violation of the provisions contained in the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013.
“In the light of various provisions of the Act referred to above and the rules in addition to various directions issued by this court, we hereby direct all the state governments and the Union Territories to fully implement the same and take appropriate action for non-implementation as well as violation of the provisions contained in the 2013 Act.
“Inasmuch as the Act 2013 occupies the entire field, we are of the view that no further monitoring is required by this court. However, we once again reiterate that the duty is cast on all the states and the Union Territories to fully implement and to take action against the violators,” the bench said.