Thane sends rag-pickers to homes to collect trash |
There is an article on TMC-NGO partnership in Mumbai mirror pg 10 today, following same model.
Thane sends rag-pickers to homes to collect trash
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THANE: If all goes as planned, Thaneites will be woken up by rag-pickers who will visit homes to collect waste daily. In the first of its kind plan prepared by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), 750 ragpickers will work under the supervision of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from the city to collect waste from households in 35 out of total 38 panels in Thane.
It all started six months ago when the TMC initiated a survey to identify rag-pickers residing in the city. Apoorva Mahila Mandal that was appointed for the job identified 750 rag-pickers working and living in Thane. Next, the TMC appointed Stree Mukti Sanghatna to train the ragpickers in batches. As of today, the first batch of 50 rag-pickers have already been trained and others undergoing the same. At the same time, the TMC also invited local NGOs to come forward to participate in the ambitious programme to rid Thane of the garbage menace.
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