Social Justice Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday informed Rajya Sabha that the government has given a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to 210 families whose members died due to cleaning of sewer or septic tanks since 1993.
In a reply during Question Hour, Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said the government has been giving Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the families of the deceased as per the Supreme Court verdict of 1993.
Gehlot further informed the house that “So far, 331 people have died. Out of which, the compensation was given to 210 families.” The Minister said that a survey, which began in December 2013, is still going on in 166 districts in 17 states.
He said that the government was rehabilitating sewer workers in the country and provided skill training to 13,585 people and given Rs 950 crore help for them so far.
On the misappropriation of funds under the post-matric scholarship scheme for scheduled castes, the Minister said the central scheme is being implemented by state governments.
For the current fiscal, the central government has released Rs 327.39 crore for the post-matric scholarship scheme to SC students.