Plea in Delhi HC seeking directions for the safety of sanitation workers amid COVID-19 pandemic

A plea was filed on 23/04/2020 on Thursday in Delhi high court by social activist Harnam Singh through Advocate Mahmood Pracha seeking direction to authorities for safety of the workers who all are disposing of the waste during COVID-19. The petitioner in the plea has asked to direct the concerned authority to “provide protection equipment to the sanitation workers” who have been working during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Earlier the plea was filed in the Supreme Court by the petitioner regarding the safety of the workers who are “vulnerable and highly exposed” in disposing of the waste but the plea was rejected stating that all the measures and equipment have been provided to the workers according to the mandatory guidelines of WHO. Though it is stated by the apex court that the measures have been taken by the authorities, there are several sources, articles, and news which states the condition of the workers is completely opposite wherein the workers have been left to fight against the COVID-19 themselves.

The PIL is moved in the court on behalf of the workers as the sanitation workers are majorly of the lower economic class. The petitioner, in the plea, said that he has written letters to authorities over the issue but so far no adequate measures have been taken in the matter, and therefore he is moving the petition due to the urgent and immediate nature of the issue. As the doctors are helping in controlling the sanitized environment the same way the sanitation workers function in unhygienic conditions with a higher risk of getting infected with the virus.