M/S Metrro Waste Handling vs Delhi Jal Board on 29 May, 2018

Mahatma Gandhi

1. Long ago, when the Indian Constitution was inaugurated, B.R. Ambedkar
prophetically observed “we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics we
will have equality and in social and economic life we will have inequality. In politics we
will be recognizing the principle of one-man one vote and one vote one value. In our
social and economic life, we shall, by reason of our social and economic structure,
continue to deny the principle of one man one value.” In this writ petition, a challenge is
mounted to eligibility conditions and the system of preferences indicated by the public
agency, the Delhi Jal Board (“DJB” hereafter), in a tender, for mechanized sewer
cleaning and its transportation. The petitioner attacks the conditions as arbitrary; DJB
defends them stating that they constitute a first attempt at rehabilitating the curse of

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manual scavenging and its stigmatic effect on those who have been forced to practice the
profession, by dictates of the entrenched caste system.

Source: Indian Kanoon

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