The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment told Lok Sabha on Tuesday that 22 people had died cleaning sewers and septic tanks so far in 2021.
When asked by MP Bhagirath Choudhary, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale revealed in his written reply that there were five deaths each in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, four in Delhi, three in Gujarat, two each in Haryana and Telangana and one . gave in Punjab. There had been 19 such deaths in the past year, while the numbers in 2019, 2018 and 2017 were 117, 70 and 93, respectively.
As part of the national policy for mechanized sanitation, 1,416 plumbing workers (1,383 in Andhra Pradesh and 33 in Rajasthan) have received licensed loans from state sewerage agencies to purchase equipment for cleaning drains over the past three fiscal years. said the answer.
In addition, 142 workers in nine states or UTs were granted a capital grant of 5 lakhs. From 2018-2019 until December 15, 24,609 plumbing workers received further training, the MoS announced.