In the petition submitted to the Madurai district administration, they had stated that as per the provisions of The Prohibition of Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act of 2013, manual scavengers should be given ID cards and rehabilitated.
There are more than 350 manual scavengers in the district and an awareness programme on manual scavenging has been undertaken for them by their team. With their signatures, a demand to issue ID card was placed before the Madurai district administration, but the ID cards were not issued till now.
So, another set of 150 signatures was obtained and a fresh demand was made to Madurai district administration to issue ID cards for them. But, nothing worked.
The team said that Madurai district administration is refusing to issue ID cards for them because once the cards are issued, the district administration has to take up rehabilitation works for them.
Also, most of them are contract and daily wage earners and so they do not have even retirement benefits. Rehabilitation is their only hope and so the district administration should recognise them, demanded the members.