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Monday, 20 August 2012

Think you've got a bad job? Indian 'sewer diver' paid just £3.50 a day (plus a bottle of booze) to unclog Delhi's drains

If you think your job is the pits then spare a thought for Devi Lal.
The 'sewer diver' from Delhi, India, is paid a measly £3.50 a day to wallow in filth unclogging the city's drains. Devi, 43, is provided with a bottle of bootleg booze to dull his senses before he begins his odious chore.

Dirty job: Manish Kumar, a sewer diver from Delhi is paid a measley £3.50 a day to unclog the city's filthy drains
Dirty job: Devi Lal, a sewer diver from Delhi is paid a measly £3.50 a day to unclog the city's filthy drains
Scandalously the city does not bother to provide protective clothing so Devi and his colleagues are forced to spend hours a day in the filthy water in just their underwear.
    According to Harnam Singh, the chairman of the Delhi Safai Karamchari Commision, (Delhi cleaners commission) almost 70 per cent of the manual scavengers die on the job. An estimated 61 sewer divers have died in last six months alone.
    Scandalously City bosses do not provide protective clothing and Devi Lal, 43, is forced to work in hjust a pair of pants
    Scandalously City bosses do not provide protective clothing and Devi, 43,  works in just a pair of pants

    Wallowing in filth: Devi Lal, 43, works to unclog blocked drains in Delhi, India
    Wallowing in filth: Devi Lal, 43, works to unclog blocked drains in Delhi, India

    Even though India banned the practise in 1993, government agencies still use thousands of people like Dev to clean drains through out India
    Even though India banned the practise in 1993, government agencies still use thousands of people like Dev to clean drains through out India

    Even though India banned the practice in 1993, government agencies still use thousands of manual scavengers to clean drains through out India. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. But poverty remains widespread with an estimated 42.5 per cent of the children suffering from malnutrition. According to 2010 data from the United Nations Development Programme, an estimated 37.2 per cent of Indians live below the national poverty line with 68.7 per cent surviving on less than $2 a day. Earlier this week Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced his country will be spending £52 million on a space mission to Mars.

    Tragic: An estimated 61 sewer divers have died in last six months alone
    Tragic: An estimated 61 sewer divers have died in last six months alone

    Story by Daniel Miller, Daily Mail


    "Well, I think this is the most depressing job ever... It's no wonder that he gets a bottle of booze (alcohol) as part of his payment."



    26 comments:

    1. Congrats for your blog, and for this post. That pictures are soo hard and sad, definetly, we are so lucky..
      i´m following you now.
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    2. another inspiring post from you dear!
      btw, thanks for droppin by at my blog and following me back I really appreciate it. I just followed your other blog too I love your designs. Are you studying fashion design dear?
      it's really cool, I always wanted to do so.
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      keep posting dear, I'll be updated <3

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      1. Thanks for following me too dear! I'm neither a fashion designer nor a student but I hope to be some day soon. For now I'm just the blogger that is passionate for fashion. Take care!

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      2. you're always welcome dear.I'm glad to have you in my blog.oh, but seriously you're so good in fashion designing :)
        thank you!
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    3. Yes so much agreed with your last sentence . We can find the same situation in Nepal too ! And that's preety bad . Nice post btw ! Can we follow ? Stop by soon .

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    4. Nice post & it's just so sad :(
      followng your blog xx

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    5. OMG doll this is sad! Atotal wake up call!
      Let's be thankful for all we have!
      Have a great weekend!
      Borka
      www.chicfashionworld.blogspot.com

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      1. You're right, Borka... We must always be thankful. Happy New month!

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    6. your blog is very good and interesting. im glad if you visit my blog, too <3 keep in touch!

      xx
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      1. Thanks... I'll sure;y visit your blog.

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    7. probably the worst job ever! the pics are givin me goose bumps! terrible

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      1. You can then imagine how I felt while doing this post... It was terrible, Nnenna.

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    8. Hi dear, this is so sad!
      This second blog is very interesting, just followed you here on gfc/21 too. Thx for the sweet comment:)
      xx chris

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    9. this made me appreciate my current job even more. :(

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      1. Hehehehe... That's nice to know, Olivr.

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    10. terrible, people shouldn't work like this...

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      1. You right... people shouldn't at all... but what can they do about it?

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    11. I can't imagine having to do this but people have to which is horrible. It makes me appreciate living the life that I do.

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      1. thanks belinda !!!! i am following u !!!!

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