Aamir Khan Monday called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his official residence at 7, Race Course Road, and met union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Wasnik at his office in Shastri Bhawan and discussed with them the plight of manual scavengers in the country.
Later, at a joint press conference with Wasnik, Aamir said both the prime minister and Wasnik were aware of the issue and would step up efforts to address it as soon as possible. He met Wasnik. "Wasnik assured me that his ministry is already working on the matter and that both his ministry and the Prime Minister's Office will work to eliminate manual scavenging at the earliest," he said.
Wasnik said: "We believe that every person should have the right to live a life of dignity. The fact that even today, a section of our society works as manual scavengers, it is unfortunate for not only the society but for entire nation." "I am glad that Aamir Khan has raised this issue and I believe that the way he has focused on the issue will help create awareness in the society on the matter and we will soon be free of this malpractice," he added.
However, Aamir said that the state governments were not as willing to accept the problem. "Many states do not acknowledge that the problem exists. They do not maintain any records of the manual scavengers and claim that the problem doesn't exist," he said. Aamir had highlighted the issue in a recent episode of his popular television programme "Satyameva Jayate".
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