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Rag pickers are common sight everywhere. Govt. spends huge amount in corporation bodies for garbage cleaning. Rag pickers are easily available human resource everywhere. Should govt. involve rag pickers for cleaning the place, which may change the socio- economic condition of down trodden?

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Asked by prabhat kumar kumar, 29 Mar '10 09:05 am
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Most people resort to rag picking out of sheer compulsion due to lack of skills and available opportunites. Emplying rag pickers in municipal bodies may change their socio economic conditions in the short run but wont do much impact in the long term. After all waste management is a specialized field and does require professional training and management which cant be expected from rag pickers alone.
Answered by Saj Sierra, 29 Mar '10 09:14 am

 
  
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Prabhatji,I do see a point in your question but beg to differ because of the current govt policy.Rag pickers in India are the unsung heroes of waste management though their contribution has come under any discussion.Rag pickers do this job to make their ends meet and help in making our surrounding a little better.To employ rag pickers means govt should have a well established waste management system in place.Sadly we have very few personnel in the corporation/municipality/panchayat to meet the requirements of the increasing population.Govt has no fund to employ many nor waste management is a priority. I see merit in your argument if we privatise waste management and private sector investment can help create more vacancies.In chennai,a private company is doing the waste management and the city is well kept too considering thedifficulties in third world cities.Such a policy initiative can only bring change in the lives of these poor people.
Answered by vinod, 06 Apr '10 11:03 pm

 
  
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Rag pickers pick the saleable items only.
cleaning public places is the duty of mcd..
all mcd had employed all ready more than required .
actual problem is due to our selfish civic sense and ghost employees in mcd.
Answered by bhanwar bothra, 29 Mar '10 03:57 pm

 
  
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Yes , Very laudable idea , Some incentive payment based on the weight collected could be paid , and there should be efficient transport system to move the collected stuff ,which could go a long way in helping the cities clean and save precious environmental pollution issues , besides , helping the poor . 25% subsidy of food materials can be given to encourage these poor people through Public Distribution System as additional incentive , with good medical facilities for them and their dependents . Your suggestion is Charitable and highly appreciable .
Answered by venkatesaldevarajan, 29 Mar '10 09:15 am

 
  
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Very good idea but all the politicians will die with hunger...
Answered by Dinesh Manaktala, 29 Mar '10 09:13 am

 
  
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I agree Yes,if they can be paid
they will really keep cities clean
Answered by Motu, 18 Oct 09:52 pm

 
  
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Yes,if they can be paid
they will really keep cities clean
Answered by anil garg, 02 Dec '11 12:23 am

 
  
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