Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
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Religion and Caste Factor in Manual Scavenging

Posted On: 01 DEC 2021 4:38PM by PIB Delhi

No such specific study has been carried out. However, surveys have been carried out as per the provisions of MS Act, 2013 for identification of manual scavengers. During these surveys 58098 manual scavengers have been identified as per the criteria prescribed under the above Act. As per the criteria prescribed under the above Act. As per the information provided by the identified manual scavengers, caste related data is available in respect of 43,797 manual scavengers. Category-wise break-up of number of manual scavengers is as follows.


No. of Manual Scavengers

Scheduled Castes


Scheduled Tribes


Other Backward Classes





There is no proposal to provide educational and professional reservation for their rehabilitation.

This information was given by The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Shri. Ramdas Athawale in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.



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