The State-level Jatha for eradication of Manual Scavenging from Karnataka which was organized by Safaikarmachari Kavulu Samithi-Karnataka (SKKS) began on 30th Dec 2019 from Davangere. The Jatha began with cultural team performing songs and street play and garlanding the status of Dr. B R Ambedkar.
A memorandum was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of Davangere district regarding the unresolved issues of manual scavengers in Davangere district. In 2018, after a two-year long struggle, 156 persons had been identified as manual scavengers by the Davangere City Corporation. This identification itself was a culmination of the process that began in Davangere during the State-level Jatha organized by SKKS in 2016. But since the identification and the issuance of Identity Cards in 2018, no further rehabilitation has been provided by the administration to these 156 persons.
Additionally, in the recently concluded survey of Manual Scavengers in Davangere district, SKKS had facilitatied filing of 454 applications for identification across the 6 Urban Local Bodoes (Davangere City Corporation, Harihara CMC, Chanagiri TMC, Melebennuru TMC, Honnali TP and Jagaluru TP) in the district. Out of these, over 300 applications have been accepted. The Deputy Commissioner was also urged to expedite the process of rehabilitation of the newly identified persons also. A comprehensive memorandum was also submitted to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner.Memorandum-to-CM-Davangere-ack