Informal workers of India seek safety and financial support from the national government to survive Covid 19 Pandemic

Statement of Working Peoples’ Charter on Coronavirus Crisis If India, with its brittle economy and even weaker healthcare infrastructure, is to survive the current Coronavirus pandemic without complete social, economic and physical breakdown, it will require drastic, radical and – most importantly – timely measures that are commensurate with the scale of the crisis. These … Continue reading Informal workers of India seek safety and financial support from the national government to survive Covid 19 Pandemic

A teenage life lost, due to the lack of safety measures in Slum Rehabilitation Colony

Lakshmi Karunakaran We at Hasiru Dala are deeply saddened to share the news that Shivanna, 15-year-old son of waste-pickers Venkatesh and Narsamma passed away this morning in a hospital in Tumkur. He lost the battle for his life after struggling for over a week in intensive care units in the hospitals of Bangalore and Tumkur. … Continue reading A teenage life lost, due to the lack of safety measures in Slum Rehabilitation Colony

Picking through the Memories of Women Wastepickers of Bengaluru

 Madhuri Kamat Five women gather in a room in the office of Hasiru Dala to talk of the life spent wastepicking. Chinnapillai (70), Sharada (60) and Aniyamma (58) have been at it for 45 years, Lakshmi (55) for 30 years while Nadtaimma (72) is still at it even after 40 years. Amidst frequent laughter, their … Continue reading Picking through the Memories of Women Wastepickers of Bengaluru

Panchkula’s Wastepickers Left Dumpsite and Now Do Composting

Kabir Arora Last year in July, I received a phone call from Mr. Rajesh Kumar, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Panchkula. As much as I like to work with municipal officers, it is very rare for me to receive such phone calls. He informed me that they are preparing a delegation of wastepickers from their city. The … Continue reading Panchkula’s Wastepickers Left Dumpsite and Now Do Composting