K. Dharma Reddy, the district collector of Medak, Telangana, went down into a pit and emptied organic manure with his own bare hands. According to the reports by Telangana Today, a workshop was held on Sustainability of Open Defecation Free (OFD) conducted by the Swachh Bharat Mission in Pune, to show how night soil could be converted into organic manure.

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To explain the process, the attendants of the workshop were taken to Pandharewada village of Pune district, where the local staff gave a demonstration and after watching them do it, Reddy went down to the pit himself taking up the charge of cleaning the toilet pit without hesitation.

“There is no need to hesitate to touch it since it was transformed into organic manure,” Dharma Reddy was quoted as saying by Telangana Today.

Manual scavenging is still being practiced in India, despite all the promises made by the Government of a better standard of living for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, nothing prominent has been done for the benefit of them. It is they who have been pushed to do such work, The Indian Railways who is the largest employer in the country contributes to this practice in a majority.

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It is high time we improve the infrastructure of our country, if not, then people like them will always fall prey to such inhuman work in such dreadful conditions. We need to start this from better sanitation facilities and regulate it from time to time, right from the villages to the slums in the cities. It is only then we can prevent epidemics and diseases that affect a large chunk of poor in our nation.

Reddy has started his fight towards a better and a healthy India by doing his piece of work, we must do our bit. If it’s not us, a Swatch Bharat will always remain a dream for our country.

Last year, Medak was declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) which made it the 8th district in Telangana to be declared ODF.

According to a report by The Economic Times, “Till date, 11 states/UTs namely Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Gujarat, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Meghalaya had been declared ODF”, the minister of state in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi, said.

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