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Rag pickers

  1. 1. With Delhi as a Case Rag Pickers in the City Nipesh P Narayanan
  2. 2. Contents 1. Rag pickers in Delhi 2. Who are the rag pickers 3. What is rag picking 4. Identity of rag pickers 5. Impacts of rag picking 6. Delhi and Rag Pickers 7. Rag pickers in Delhi 8. Seelampur – a case study 9. Conclusion
  3. 3. WHO ARE THE RAG-PICKERS? Data Source : CHINTAN
  4. 4. WHO ARE THE RAG-PICKERS? RAG PICKERS Data Source : CHINTAN
  5. 5. WHO ARE THE RAG-PICKERS? Data Source : CHINTAN
  6. 6. WHAT IS RAG PICKING? Photo Source : manas
  7. 7. WHAT IS RAG PICKING? Municipality saves 6 lakhs per day due to rag picking
  8. 8. IDENTITY OF RAG-PICKERS An invisible anonymous layer in the city No identification required to work Odd work hours (hence no one see them) Inaccessible work areas Exploitation of the anonymity Illegal migrants Thieves Information agents for police Drug peddlers
  9. 9. IDENTITY OF RAG-PICKERS Results of exploitation of anonymity – Police harassment to all the rag pickers Exploitation by the kabaris Identity crisis Rag pickers association demanding uniforms Chaukidars of neighborhood not letting the rag pickers take their collection outside the neighborhood. Strange enough even the stray dogs bark at them!!!
  10. 10. IMPACTS OF RAG PICKING Unskilled treatment of hazardous waste (e-waste etc.) Photo Source : Author
  11. 11. IMPACTS OF RAG PICKING One generation remains uneducated and with ill health Photo Source : www.childeducation.org
  12. 12. IMPACTS OF RAG PICKING Promotion of drugs Photo Source : www.antinarcoticdrive.org
  13. 13. DELHI AND RAG PICKING Delhi the biggest recycler of wastes in India Cheap Labour Established recycling industry Reputed raw material market Development of kabari-walas and reciprocating the need for rag pickers
  14. 14. RAG PICKERS IN DELHI Raj Ghat (on Yamuna bank) Nizamuddin Amrit Nagar Map Source : CHINTAN NDMC Area
  15. 15. RAG PICKERS IN DELHI Raj Ghat (on Yamuna bank) Laxmi Nagar Trilokpuri Sarojini nagar Nizamuddin Harkesh Nagar Madanpur Khadar Chiragh Dilli Map Source : CHINTAN MCD Area
  16. 16. SEELAMPUR A CASE STUDY Seelampur Map Source : CHINTAN LARGEST E-WASTE DISMANTLING UNIT OF INDIA
  17. 17. SEELAMPUR A CASE STUDY •India generates 350,000 tones of e waste and imports another 50,000 tones every year • 90% e waste is recycled by informal sector •Delhi alone gets 70% of the e waste generated in developed parts of the world Data Source : http://www.icpeenvis.nic.in/pdf/Delhi%20could%20be%20soon%20be%20global%20ewaste%20capital.pdf
  18. 18. Map Source : Author Shahjahanabad (Collection) Seelampur (Extraction of raw materials) Shahdra (Recycling) Laxmi Nagar (Recycling) NOIDA (Recycling)
  19. 19. Living & Primary Processing Processing Living & Primary Processing Map Source : Author
  20. 20. BasicSegregation (Crushing&Burning) BasicSegregation (AcidTreatment) FineSegregation andStorage FineSegregation andStorage RawMaterialStorage WasteDump (IntoNullah) Photo Source : www.downtoearth.org Source : Author
  21. 21. RAG PICKERS An essential component in the functioning of the city Unrecognized sector, but highly organized and a major contributor for recycling waste Often harassed by people and required space for them to operate is not provided Often children are drawn into it due to its unskilled nature Current working pattern is susceptible to high health risks Pragmatic collection methods lead to environmental hazards (e.g segregation of e-waste)
  22. 22. Thank you Rag pickers a disconnected entity of the city, still so connected…. Photo Source : Wikipedia

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