A petition namely, National Campaign for Dignity and Rights of Sewerage and Allied Workers v. MCD and Others was filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi against the ongoing practice of Manual Scavenging in Delhi which has been prohibited under “The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013”. The Hon’ble High Court questioned the authorities and on their denial of existence of any such practice, the Court asked The Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) to conduct a survey on the existence of such practice in Delhi.
The DSLSA appointed eight Para-legal Volunteers (PLV) namely Sahil Ahmed, Ojasvi Nautiyal, Mohd. Adil, Mohammmad Javed Malik, Irshad Ahmed, Himani Arya, Samreen Khan and Kashif Zafar from the Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, who were duly trained and along with the volunteers of Safai Karamchari Andolan, the PLVs visited North, South and East Districts and carried out the survey. They further helped the DSLSA to prepare and file a report in the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi.
Yesterday on the 17 Aug, 2016, all the PLVs were felicitated by the Hon’ble members of the DSLSA (all Additional District and Sessions Judges). They were given certificates, gifts and an announcement was made by Shri Sanjiv Jain, Special Secretary, DSLSA that the PLVs will be paid Rs 1500 per day depending upon their attendance (which was duly noted for each day of the survey).