Section 15 in The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013

Title: Application by a rural manual scavenger for identification

Description: (1) Any person working as a manual scavenger, in a rural area, may, either during the survey undertaken by the Panchayat within whose jurisdiction he works, in pursuance of section 14 or at any time thereafter, apply, in such manner, as may be prescribed, to the Chief Executive Officer of the concerned Panchayat, or to any other officer authorised by him in this behalf, for being identified as a manual scavenger. (2) On receipt of an application under sub-section (1), the Chief Executive Officer shall cause it to be enquired into, either as part of the survey undertaken under section 14 or when no such survey is in progress, within fifteen days of receipt of such application, so as to ascertain whether the applicant is a manual scavenger.

Title: Rehabilitation of persons identified as manual scavengers by a Panchayat.

Description: Any person included in the final list of manual scavengers, published in pursuance of section 14 or added thereto in pursuance of sub-section (2) of section 15 shall be rehabilitated, mutatis mutandis, in the manner laid down for urban manual scavengers in section 13.

Title: Responsibility of local authorities to ensure elimination of insanitary latrines.

Description: Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, it shall be the responsibility of every local authority to ensure, through awareness campaign or in such other manner that after the expiry of a period of nine months, from the date of commencement of this Act,— (i) no insanitary latrine is constructed, maintained or used within its jurisdiction; and (ii) in case of contravention of clause (i), action is taken against the occupier under sub-section (3) of section 5.

Title: Authorities who may be specified for implementing provisions of this Act.

Description: The appropriate Government may confer such powers and impose such duties on local authority and District Magistrate as may be necessary to ensure that the provisions of this Act are properly carried out, and a local authority and the District Magistrate may, specify the subordinate officers, 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.

Title: Duty of District Magistrate and authorised officers.

Description: The District Magistrate and the authority authorised under section 18 or any other subordinate officers specified by them under that section shall ensure that, after the expiry of such period as specified for the purpose of this Act,— (a) no person is engaged or employed as manual scavenger within their jurisdiction; (b) no one constructs, maintains, uses or makes available for use, an insanitary latrine; (c) manual scavengers identified under this Act are rehabilitated in accordance with section 13, or as the case may be, section 16; (d) persons contravening the provisions of section 5 or section 6 or section 7are investigated and prosecuted under the provisions of this Act; and (e) all provisions of this Act applicable within his jurisdiction are duly complied with.