Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has fulfilled a promise made during his Swachh Bharat' campaign to help manual scavengers by personally arranging machines for them.
“At the NDTV Cleanathon ‘Banega Swachh India’, seeing the inhuman plight of the manual scavenger, I had committed to buy 50 machines for them. Today I fulfilled that promise! 25 small individual machines and one large truck machine gifted to BMC,” he said on his social media platform,.
In a letter dated November 24, and addressed to the Manual Scavengers Association (MSA) and the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the actor said he wanted to do something to prevent manual scavengers from physically and manually going down the manholes and sewer drainages.
“My contribution was to prevent the de-humanising work of these scavengers and to give them the respect and dignity in society” Amitabh Bachchan said.
He has urged the BMC and MSA to give a report consistently on the right and correct usage of the equipment.
In a nutshell, Mr Bachchan has contributed Rs 59 Lakhs overall towards this noble cause. Out of this, Rs 25 Lakhs has gone toward cost of the truck and ONE large automated scavenging machine donated to MCGM. He has also given two small manual machines to scavenging soldiers from Aurangabad respectively. The balance amount will be spent on 26 smaller machines, he will give these away once he is in possession of it at a later date.