HC: Petitioner can approach State authorities for execution of guidelines for protection of Safai Karamcharies and workers
The Allahabad High Court while disposing the plea filed for the issuance of direction to provide certain facilities and protection to the Safai Karamcharies and workers, keep the petitioner at liberty to approach the competent authorities for the same.
The Division bench comprising of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Piyush Agrawal has refused to pass any direction as demanded in plea. It was stated by the Bench that,
“We deem it appropriate to dispose of this petition for writ by keeping the petitioner at liberty to approach the competent authorities of the Government of India as well as the State of Uttar Pradesh for getting protection guidelines executed in accordance with the protocol introduced and the Statute & law, if any, applicable.”
The petitioner has submitted that the sanitation of Safai Karamcharies and workers protection from scavengers is necessary because they are required to visit not only colonies in different cities, but also the residential houses where COVID - 19 infected persons may be residing. The employees of the categories aforesaid may receive infection of the disease from such houses and therefore, they deserve to have complete protection.
The Court said that, the details too have not been given about any of the Safai Karamchary/sanitation worker/scavenger, who has been infected by virus COVID - 19. The petitioner has presented the present plea on presumption that t in the State of Uttar Pradesh, the protection suggested must have not been extended.
The court has disposed of this petition for writ by keeping the petitioner at liberty to approach the competent authorities of the Government of India as well as the State of Uttar Pradesh for getting protection guidelines executed.
Case: - PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION (PIL) No. - 1486 of 2020
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