Proper survey needed to know the exact number still engaged in it: officials

Though Gujarat banned manual scavenging in 1992, the inhuman practice still continues in the State.

Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramanlal Vora has admitted that the practice is still prevalent and that various agencies are still trying to determine the exact number of people engaged in it.

At a workshop on manual sanity workers in Gandhinagar, Principal Secretary of Social Justice and Empowerment Sanjay Prasad and his counterpart in the Urban Development G.R. Aloria virtually conceded that the government did not have any exact data. Both the officials insisted that a proper survey needed to be done.