Lockdown Diaries: Relief to the wastepickers in the times of the pandemic

Junaid ul Shafi Introduction The COVID 19 pandemic has forced governments across the globe to shut down their residents into lockdown. In India, the lockdown was announced on the evening of 21st March which led to a humanitarian crisis in several parts of the country. Since then, millions of workers and students are stuck in … Continue reading Lockdown Diaries: Relief to the wastepickers in the times of the pandemic

Suggestions for being considerate to the needs of migrant workers, single women, children and the aged in the COVID 19 relief operations

06 April 2020 To Shri B. S. Yediyurappa Honourable Chief Minister Government of Karnataka Bengaluru Subject: Suggestions for being considerate to the needs of migrant workers, single women, children and the aged in the COVID 19 relief operations Respected Sir We appreciate the COVID 19 relief operations undertaken by the Government of Karnataka and Bruhat … Continue reading Suggestions for being considerate to the needs of migrant workers, single women, children and the aged in the COVID 19 relief operations

Include waste-pickers and informal waste collectors in the INR 50 lakh insurance cover programme rolled out for the health-care workers

2nd April 2020 To Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman Honourable Union Finance Minister New Delhi Subject: Inclusion of sanitation workers including waste-pickers and informal waste collectors in the INR 50 lakh insurance cover programme rolled out for the health-care workers. Respected Madam We the members of the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers, welcome the relief package announced by … Continue reading Include waste-pickers and informal waste collectors in the INR 50 lakh insurance cover programme rolled out for the health-care workers

During the times of COVID 19, our fundamental duties towards sanitation workers and wastepickers

Pinky Chandran Physical distancing, stocking up on sanitizers, soaps for hand-washing, masks and gloves, hoarding supplies, limiting travel, working from home may be the new normal in being and is seen as an act of being responsible citizens. But pause, take a deep breath and ask yourself- what about the sanitation workers, (pourakarmika/ safai karmacharis), … Continue reading During the times of COVID 19, our fundamental duties towards sanitation workers and wastepickers