YES, IT CAN, WITH MODERN TOILETS AND MACHINES OR ROBOTS BEING USED TO DO THE WORK OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED AS MANUAL SCAVENGERS,
BY MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS!
It is a deplorable fact that many personnel who are engaged in cleaning of Lavatories, Manholes and Drainages in Rural Areas, are still forced to do it in the old, manual, unhygienic and above all, demeaning way, which has reduced them since ages, to the rank of ‘Untouchables’, even in the present era in villages and small towns!
This degrading and inhuman practice should be stopped, and those Personnel should instead be trained to operate and guide the Robots or Machines around, in Manholes and Drains, and give them Gloves for doing the obnoxious work of Scavenging, to remove the stigma attached to
their work and themselves! This will go a long way towards raising
the Social as well as the Health Status of the socially downcast communities!
Of course, the Appeal to Society to cooperate for the Uplift of the Downtrodden castes, and to the Government and Social Welfare Authorities for creating better opportunities for their Education and Employment, is also necessary. Likewise, counselling the members of the lower classes on issues like Family Planning and refraining from addictive and harmful habits like Smoking, Drinking, and Unsafe Sex is equally important, for it is often seen that some people of those communities just squander the money and
Opportunities given to them and remain where they are because of lack of
proper guidance and control!
It is so simple as that, if only the Government and Gram Panchayats care,
both for Cleanliness and for the Sanitation Workers Degraded as Untouchable’, Manual Sweepers/Scavengers!
India has succeeded in achieving the Eradication of Deadly and Disabling, Pandemic Diseases like Small Pox and Polio, as also of Evil Social Customs like ‘Sati’, and controlling Inhuman practices like the tonsuring of Widows, and Encouraging Education of Girls to make them self reliant and raise their
Social Status.When will We Be Able to Proclaim’Abolition of Untouchability’?