Section 4 in The Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993

Title: Power to exempt

Description: The State Government may, by a general or special order published in the Official Gazette, and upon such conditions, if any, as it may think fit to impose, exempt any area, category of buildings or class of persons from any provisions of this Act or from any specified requirement contained in this Act or any rule, order, notification or scheme made thereunder or dispense with the observance of any such requirement in a class or classes of cases, if it is satisfied that compliance with such provisions or such requirement is or ought to be exempted or dispensed with in the circumstances of the case.

Title: Appointment of Executive Authorities and their powers and functions

Description: (1) The State Government may, by order published in the Official Gazette, appoint a District Magistrate or a Sub-Divisional Magistrate, as an Executive Authority to exercise jurisdiction within such area as may be specified in the order and confer such powers and impose such duties on him, as may be necessary to ensure that the provisions of this Act are properly carried out and the Executive Authority may specify the officer or officers, subordinate to him, who shall exercise all or any of the powers, and perform all or any of the duties, so conferred or imposed and the local limits within which such powers or duties shall be carried out by the officer or officers so specified. (2) The Executive Authority appointed under sub-section (1) and the officer or officers specified under that sub-section shall, as far as practicable, try to rehabilitate and promote the welfare of the persons who were engaged in or employed for as manual scavengers in any area in respect of which a notification under sub-section (1) of section 3 has been issued by securing and protecting their economic interests.

Title: Power of State Government to make schemes

Description: (1) The State Government may, by notification, make one or more schemes for regulating conversion of dry latrines into, or construction and maintenance of, water-seal latrines, rehabilitation of the persons who were engaged in or employed for as manual scavengers in any area in respect of which a notification under sub-section (1) of section 3 has been issued in gainful employment and administration of such schemes and different schemes may be made in relation to different areas and for different purposes of this Act: Provided that no such scheme as involving financial assistance from the HUDCO shall be made without consulting it. (2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such schemes may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-- (a) time-bound phased programme for the conversion of dry latrines into water-seal latrines; (b) provision of technical or financial assistance for new or alternate low cost sanitation to local bodies or other agencies; (c) construction and maintenance of community latrines and regulation of their use on pay and use basis; (d) construction and maintenance of shared latrines in slum areas or for the benefit of socially and economically backward classes of citizens; (e) registration of manual scavengers and their rehabilitation; (f) specification and standards of water-seal latrines; (g) procedure for conversion of dry latrines into water-seal latrines; (h) licensing for collection of fees in respect of community latrines or shared latrines.

Title: Power of State Government to issue directions

Description: Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law but subject to the other provisions of this Act, the State Government may, in the exercise of its powers and performance of its functions under this Act, issue directions in writing to any person, officer or local or other authority and such person, officer or a local or other authority shall be bound to comply with such directions.

Title: Executive Authorities, inspectors, officers and other employees of such authorities to be public servants

Description: All Executive Authorities, all officers and other employees of such authorities including the officers authorised under sub-section (1) of section 5, all inspectors appointed under sub-section (1) of section 9 and all officers and other employees authorised to execute a scheme or order made under this Act, when acting or purporting to act in pursuance of any provisions of this Act or the rules or schemes made or orders or directions issued thereunder, shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).