Policy Note: Dialogues on Sanitation – Legal Perspectives on Sanitation in Urban India

30 April 2019

In the first instalment of the ‘Dialogues on Sanitation’ series titled Legal Perspectives on Sanitation in Urban India, Scaling City Institutions for India: Sanitation (SCI-FI) cerebrates mechanisms to improve the regulatory regime on urban sanitation.

The policy note, synthesised from the Dialogue, analyses several aspects such as the role of law and regulation in Faecal Sludge Management (FSM), rights of sanitary workers, and public-private participation in urban sanitation. The seminar had four thematic sessions focussing on managing public and private sectors in FSM, law of sanitation, FSM journey through the lens of the law and understanding environmental regulations and technical standards to build legal mandates. The sessions featured Madhu Krishna, Santhosh Raghavan, Rajesh Rangarajan, KB Oblesh, Arkaja Singh, Vishnu Sudarshan and Krishna K. This was followed by a session on ‘key take-aways’ that explored possible solutions to understand the emerging interfaces between markets and regulatory frameworks. 

The event brought together senior policymakers, city and state level implementers, technocrats, members of the civil society and legal experts to learn from their experience in states and in implementation to initiate a broader discussion on the potential for roles and responsibilities for FSM from the viewpoint of legal frameworks. 

Access the policy note here

Access the videos from the event here.

About the series

This is the 1st Dialogue in a series planned by the Scaling City Institution for India: Sanitation (SCI-FI) initiative with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). This dialogue series builds on the CORP lecture series and seeks to provide a platform for discussing the experiences of the researchers and practitioners on urban sanitation across various thematic areas.

The views shared belong to individual faculty and researchers and do not represent an institutional stance on the issue.