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  Campaign News - Recognition for Ragpickers  
 

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Despite their vital work managing and recycling 20% of the city's waste, Delhi's 150,000 ragpickers are not recognised as being legitimately self-employed.  Conserve India is calling for a an official register of Ragpickers in an attempt to give them the respect that their difficult work deserves. 

At Conserve India we have two aims – combatting pollution at the same time as helping the least advantaged – those who suffer first and worst when the environment is abused.  This is why we respect the ragpickers who bring us waste, and pay them about three times more for what they collect than they would receive elsewhere.  We believe that if a small organisation like ours, which reinvests its profits into improving local communities, can respect and support ragpickers, then everyone can.

Without an official register, there will always be ragpickers who don't get the legitimacy that they need.  Bringing some stability and structure to the profession is also an important step towards supporting ragpickers and educating them, for example, about market rates for the waste they collect and how to handle it properly, so that they can work safely and for a fair price.

The introduction of a register for ragpickers will take significant political will.  Please join us in calling on Delhi's government to recognise ragpickers and their right to a fair wage. 

If you would like to support this campaign, please e-mail the following message to the Labour Commissioner for the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Shri Mangat Ram Singhal at jlcadmlab@nic.in and the Minister of Labour and Employment for the Government of India, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, at mallikarjunkharge@yahoo.in

jlcadmlab@nic.in
Dear Shri Mangat Ram Singhal, Labour Commissioner – National Capital Territory of Delhi,

I believe that the important work undertaken by ragpickers should be recognised by introducing a register for self-employed ragpickers. 

As you know, despite their vital work managing and recycling 20% of the city's waste, Delhi's 150,000 ragpickers are not recognised as being legitimately self-employed.  I support Conserve India's call for a an official register of Ragpickers, so that they can get the respect that their difficult work deserves. 

Conserve India has two aims – combatting pollution at the same time as helping the least advantaged – those who suffer first and worst when the environment is abused.  This is why Conserve respects the ragpickers who bring them waste, and pays them about three times more for what they collect than they would receive elsewhere.  I believe that if a small organisation like Conserve India, which reinvests its profits into improving local communities, can respect and support ragpickers, then everyone can.

Without an official register, there will always be ragpickers working without the legitimacy that they need.  Bringing some stability and structure to the profession is an important step towards supporting ragpickers and educating them, for example, about the market rates for the waste they collect and how to handle it properly, so that they can work safely and for a fair price.

I look forward to seeing the action that you take on this.

Best wishes,



mallikarjunkharge@yahoo.in
Dear Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of Labour and Employment for the Government of India

I believe that the important work undertaken by ragpickers should be recognised by introducing a register for self-employed ragpickers. 

As you know, despite their vital work managing and recycling 20% of the city's waste, Delhi's 150,000 ragpickers are not recognised as being legitimately self-employed.  I support Conserve India's call for a an official register of Ragpickers, so that they can get the respect that their difficult work deserves. 

Conserve India has two aims – combatting pollution at the same time as helping the least advantaged – those who suffer first and worst when the environment is abused.  This is why Conserve respects the ragpickers who bring them waste, and pays them about three times more for what they collect than they would receive elsewhere.  I believe that if a small organisation like Conserve India, which reinvests its profits into improving local communities, can respect and support ragpickers, then everyone can.

Without an official register, there will always be ragpickers working without the legitimacy that they need.  Bringing some stability and structure to the profession is an important step towards supporting ragpickers and educating them, for example,about the market rates for the waste they collect and how to handle it properly, so that they can work safely and for a fair price. 

I look forward to seeing the action that you take on this.

Best wishes,




  Campaign News - Frustration at Government short sighted-ness on Handicrafts
  Upcycling plastic bags into Handmade Recycled Plastic (HRP) should be a recognised as a craft by the Indian Government: The Indian Government seems to have one overriding criteria for defining any manufacturing process as a craft... it must be old – very old! Unless the technique has been practiced for around 500 years it is unlikely to be classed as an Indian craft.

Handmade Recycled Plastic (HRP) meets all other aspects of the Indian government's definition of a handicraft – being the production of items made by hand, often with the use of simple tools, that are generally artistic objects of utility or decoration. Despite using a skillful manual process to remove an environmental blight, HRP it is not receiving the recognition and respect it deserves, just because it uses a newly invented process.  Of course, not every new process can be defined as a craft, but ignoring innovative and important materials is short-sighted.

India has a proud history of modernising whilst respecting the traditions upon which it is founded. We believe that HRP has an important part to play in this development. Conserve India plans to launch a campaign calling on the government to officially recognise the making of HRP as an Indian craft. Please check here for updates.

In the meantime Conserve India would love to hear from you if you are working on similar upcycling methods as us, in the hope that we can develop our own industry standards and branding for these products. Click here (link to contact us page) for Conserve India's contact details.
 

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