Can the government exercise any investigative powers under this law to find out who employs and maintains insanitary latrines?
The government can appoint ‘Inspectors’ who have the powers to:
- test latrines
- search premises where manual scavenging might be taking place,
- examine people found at such places
- ask questions and get information about contractors or people employed as manual scavengers
- seize documents such as copies of registers, records of wages or notices.
Not showing documents or giving information to the inspector when asked can be considered a crime under the general law on crimes. The law on criminal procedure in relation to search or seizure under a warrant would apply to searches and seizures conducted by such inspectors
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