After giving suggestions to the Upper House parliamentarians on fine-tuning India's health care system, actor Aamir Khan will be meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a bid to get government's attention to the plight of manual scavengers of the country.
Sources said that the Bollywood actor will bring to light the social problems including manual scavenging to the Prime Minister's notice on Monday, and will seek measures to curb the unfair treatment that is being meted out to the particular section of society for decades.
Aamir Khan's famous talk show 'Satyamev Jayate' debated on untouchability in the tenth episode of the show. The guests and the organisers laid focus on the life of manual scavengers and debated on this particular social practice that largely exists in India until today.
According to the creative team of 'Satyamev Jayate', at least 300,000 manual workers are engaged in the public sanitation sector. Employed across different parts of the country, these workers are regarded merely as untouchables even to this day.
So far, the Indian government was not successful in abolishing this disregarded profession, which was initally outlawed in 1993. In spite of the robust growth in science and technology sectors, the country continues to use humans to scavenge sewer pipes.
Earlier, BJP MP Shanta Kumar, head of parliamentary standing committee for commerce in Rajya Sabha, invited the actor to share his team's findings on the irregularities in healthcare. Meanwhile, Aamir also gave inputs regarding Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the healthcare sector.