Bangalore, Feb 28, 2012: Unhappy with how the State government has acted so far in abolishing manual cleaning sewer systems, an angry high court on Tuesday summoned Urban Development Department (UDD) Secretary Arvind Shrivastava, to appear in person before the court. A division bench, headed by Chief Justice
Vikramajit Sen, which ordered summons on the secretary, also observed that if the State fails to take steps, it would summon the ministers concerned in future.
When the court was informed about the deaths of several people involved in manual scavenging in the past, mostly from underprivileged classes, the court observed that even after 60 years of independence, such communities still live in the pre-Independence era, and that governments seem to be doing very little to improve their lives. Read More