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MCGM'S HELP HAS BEEN SOUGHT BY VARIOUS NGO'S AND GROUPS WORKING WITH RAGPICKERS COMMUNITY TO INCLUDE THEM AS THE STAKEHOLDERS OF THE RECYCLABLE AS WELL AS BIO-DEGRADABLE WASTES AND TO PROVIDE BETTER LIVING CONDITIONS FOR THE WASTE PICKING GROUPS: 

MCGM is the main role player in Solid Waste Management. A well coordinated plan involving all stakeholders will lead to efficient segregation, removal and utilization of garbage. It will also reduce the work load of the agency and the amount of garbage to be sent to landfill sites.

The municipal agencies have the responsibility to create awareness for which they can take the assistance of the CITIZENS PARTNERSHIP and utilizing the strength of unorganized sector such as Rag pickers community by organizing them with the help of NGO's, ALM's, Dattak Vastis who are interested to work in close co-ordination with the waste picking groups.

Advertisements in local dailies and audio-visual publicity through radio and TV will help in bringing about attitudinal changes regarding waste collectors needed to be initiated by MCGM for these communities.. They can also inform the citizens about their role; who all can be contacted for guidance; the programme of action; and other agencies like NGOs who are involved. The strategy for implementation would be as fallowing for consideration in MSW Rules-2006.(The revised)

During interaction with the Rag picker groups,NGO's such as AKAR MUMBAI, SMS, FORCE -which are involved with the betterment of rag pickers MCGM officials, ALM people,Citizens,and corporate groups such as ICPE.

The following recommendations have been put forward.

1. Detailed data base creation needs to be done by the NGO's working with these groups in consultation with MCGM officials.

2. The data base can be further be used by the NGO's and groups who wants to work for their betterment needs to issue identity cards which has duly been recognized by BMC as well as NGO people.

3. The identification of rag pickers who are still not completed the age of 18 years and mechanisms not to issue ID's to such persons.

4. MCGM officials and NGO's should set a time frame to complete the task of identification and after the completion of set time frame they should not allow unidentified rag pickers in the locality without identification.

5. At the dumping sites providing better working conditions to the Ragpickers. Water facility, shelters, and better tool kits for picking wastes etc needs to be worked out.

6. Regular health check ups should be carried out to these group of people at the Community level

7. A regular meeting with the rag pickers and BMC officials to listen to the problem related to their health, sanitation, awareness drives should be carried out at regular intervals.

8. To train them to take up better technologies related to waste recycling and reuse should be provided to them which include vermicomposting, by doing that they can earn additional income. Regular formal and informal education and training should be offered to these groups with the help of Civil society and groups which work with these kind of activities.

9. Co-operatives of the Rag pickers should be promoted by BMC and help needed in their registration should be offered to such groups.

10. The BMC workers and officials have to establish a symbiotic relationship between the rag pickers groups and NGO's with identification of linkages for waste segregation and recycling. In case of door to door collection of
wastes there needs to be better co-ordination between both the groups.

11. The economics of waste collection, recycling, reuse have to be worked out and for better marketing and utilization linkages have to be worked out in consultation with NGO's .Forward and back ward integration strategies
have to be worked out. The agencies such as ICPE have to give technical guidance in this regard.

12. The NGO's namely SMS, AKAR, FORCE, Clean Mumbai Foundation, APNALAYA have to meet with other groups which are working on rag pickers along with BMC officials and members of cleanliness groups to finalize the proposals which they are putting to the Cleanliness group.













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