GUWAHATI, July 18 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed the Department of Welfare of Plain Tribes & Backward Classes (WPT & BC) to carry out a Statewide survey to identify the manual scavengers in the State in a time-bound manner.
He also asked the department to prepare a comprehensive roadmap for augmenting skills of the manual scavengers to open new job opportunities for them.
Chairing a meeting of the State-level monitoring committee for implementation of Manual Scavengers Act 2013 here today, Sonowal stressed the need to adopt a focused approach to abolish manual scavenging in the State.
He advocated the need for introducing modern and practical ways of sewerage management and directed the department to partner with the Urban Development Department in identifying the manual scavengers through a Statewide survey.
Underlying the need for giving a more dignified calling to the people engaged in manual scavenging, he asked the department to introduce mechanised ways of sewerage cleaning.
He also highlighted the need for a comprehensive scheme for rehabilitation of the manual scavengers and for adopting a strategy for their empowerment through skill development programmes of the government.
Sonowal further asked the department to take necessary steps for constitution of a State-level commission for Safai Karmacharis in line with the National Safai Karmachari Commission.