It is unlawful for anyone (including municipalities and panchayats) to employ any person for the cleaning of a sewer or a septic tank without the necessary protective gear. Anyone who employs a person for hazardous cleaning of a sewer or a septic tank can face up to 2 years jail time and a fine up to Rs. 2,00,000 for their first offence. If it is a repeat offence they can face jail time up to up to 5 years and a fine up to Rs. 5,00,000.0
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