Photo exhibition on waste pickers

Aims to sensitise people about problems faced by waste pickers and their rights

Published: Friday 15 June 2012


Photo courtesy Aman Trust

A photo exhibition on waste-pickers is currently on at the India International Centre annexe in Lodi Estate, New Delhi. Called Flowers in the Dust, the exhibition has been organised by non-profit Aman Trust in an attempt to sensitise people about waste pickers and their problems. The photos are on display between 11 am 7 pm from June 15 to June 18. The inauguration to be held this evening will be accompanied by a seminar.

The seminar will focus on the sub-standard and sometimes inhuman living conditions of the waste pickers in Delhi, states the press release issued by the trust. Among the issues to be discussed at the seminar are the occupational hazards faced by waste-pickers—health and hygiene—and the harassment and extortion they are subjected to by both the police and the municipal authorities. Another subject scheduled to be discussed is the Delhi government's move to privatise waste picking and the waste-to-energy incinerators of Delhi and child labourers. The seminar is to end with some recommendations and suggestions to improve the social, economic and working conditions of waste-pickers, said Jamal Kidwai of Aman Trust.

The photographs arranged in over 30 panels attempts to communicate the problems and issues concerning waste pickers and is to be inaugurated by one of the waste-pickers themselves. The exhibits will travel to Bihar, Gujarat and Kashmir.

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