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With the launch of ‘GARIMA’ scheme, the first one of its kind in India, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has reaffirmed his commitment to realize the dreams of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi in giving the sanitation workers their right place in the society.
Sanitation workers render an essential public service across the globe. The service we all need daily but hardly acknowledge the plight of the sanitation workers. They are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, often invisible and suffer serious occupational and environmental health hazards and social stigma.
Hence, Naveen Patnaik, a true champion in propagating in Gandhian values and ideologies, has rightly pointed out while launching the GARIMA scheme that manual scavenging has been the starkest example of discrimination in the name of caste, practiced in India, relegating the less privileged to perform the sanitation work.
In spite of the nation, making several strides in various sectors, competing with the best in the world, these underprivileged people were made to render this invaluable service to the society for generations, deprived of safety, dignity and a decent livelihood, apart from suffering social stigma and exclusion.