Emerging issues of Sanitation Workers and Manual Scavengers


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Re: Emerging issues of Sanitation Workers and Manual Scavengers

Sharing a FB post by S Vishwanath 

Manikandan, working as a manual scavenger in Chennai, lost his job after a group of college students made his video as he was working without any protective gear. And uploaded the video on the internet. He was summoned by the contractor who should have been held responsible, and fired from the job,
“My story has been reported several times, and various newspapers have told my story but still nobody wants to hire me”, he said. Manikandan’s wife works as a house maid but now she is without a job as well because of the lockdown.

The link to story Vishwanath quoted is here:  https://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/NewsDetail/index/15/18584/A-Dark-Manhole-Caste-and-COVID-19?fbclid=IwAR2dSDsGTnpyaZl1PKx1tJe-LI417s260L7I23aUs4veR1ijXYlSt8DpRlg  
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