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Published: Saturday 15 January 2005

-- Waste Pickers Rights Chintan Delhi
Chintan, a Delhi based non-governmental organisation (ngo) has launched a signature campaign to protect the rights of the city's two lakh wastepickers. Thousands of self-employed men, women, and children comb Delhi's streets, cleaning up 2,000 tonnes of rubbish daily. The ngo claims that the efforts of these ragpickers increase the value of a unit of waste plastic by more than 700 per cent. But, Delhi's wastepickers are a marginalised group. The law doesn't recognise them, and working conditions are hazardous.

In its campaign, Chintan demands that the government recognise wastepickers as vital service providers, and provide them with social security rights.

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