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Wednesday 20 January 2021

Societies to be liable for deaths of sanitation workers

THANE: Thane municipal corporation has proposed a policy to hold residential societies or commercial units liable to pay monetary compensation in case of deaths of workers reported while undertaking cleaning work of septic drains within their premises.

Bharat Bhivapurkar, deputy city engineer (drainage), TMC, said despite manual scavenging being banned following Supreme Court orders, there have been instances of private contractors continuing to employ them. “Despite the ban, there have been cases of residents hiring such workers which have led to fatalities. However, as there was no policy in place, relatives of the deceased were made to run around seeking compensation. The idea of formulating a policy is to set accountability,” he said. Read More...

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