Rag Pickers in India

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CONTENT

INTRODUCTION: 3
RAG-PICKING 4
RAG-PICKERS: 5
PROBLEMS FACED BY RAG PICKERS 7
STATE OF THE LEGISLATION 8
NEEDS OF RAG PICKERS 9
GOVERNMENT’S INITIATIVE 10
PRIVATISATION OF WASTE 11
A CASE STUDY: DELHI,MUMBAI,KOLKATA,CHENNAI 12
ORGANISING THE UNORGANISED 13
CONCLUSION 15
REFERENCES 16

INTRODUCTION:

Over fifteen lakh individuals across India work as scrap and waste collectors, earning their livelihood from the collection and sale of paper, plastic, metal and glass scrap to recycling industries.
Among the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and underprivileged class in the urban labour market, occupying the lowest rung of the poverty groups, is the class of rag pickers. This dynamic but unregulated sector in the expanding
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Normally they don’t stay away from work even for a day, unless they have a health problem.

RAG PICKERS START YOUNG:
Many children begin working as rag pickers at the young age of five or six years. Most of them never attend school and don’t have any formal education. Their families are generally in need of extra incomes from their children. Rag picking is the profession mostly dominated by children aging 6 to 15 who do not have any other skill and thus by way of refuse collection contribute to household income or own survival. These are mainly children of slum dwellers and poor people. Some of them are abandoned or runaway children. Most of them don’t go to school. They don’t have formal education.
There are two categories of child rag pickers:
I. The street pickers- they collect garbage in residential areas and street bins.
II. Dump pickers- they work on dumping grounds.
Both the categories of rag pickers have different living conditions and characteristics.
Street pickers are extremely mobile. They usually need is a shelter or reintegration with their families. The children work for a middleman who takes the major share of the sales and only pays only a small amount to the children.
The dump pickers often stay with their families. They work with their families in and around the dumping ground. Initially girls were more involved in rag picking than boys. But the trends have changed and more boys are now engaged in rag picking. Adolescent

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