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
§ 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
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
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
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
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