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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
India Study to find tech choices of women with low income The Times of India . (21 January 2016)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Self-Employed Women's Association (Sewa) Bharat are both trying to learn how women in the informal sector evaluate and use technology.

India Waste picker set ablaze by three men in Kasba Peth dies The Times of India . (16 January 2016)

The teenage waste picker, who was set ablaze by three men in a narrow lane in Kasba Peth on Wednesday afternoon, succumbed to burns while undergoing treatment in Sassoon General Hospital early on Friday.

India Management and union should work collectively: TV Narendran The Avenue Mail . (10 January 2016)

"Mitra, principal labour and employment advisor, ministry of labour and employment, government of India, said the main focus of the ministry is labour reforms and see that all rights of the labour must be respected. The Union government will issue a unique identification number for unorganised workers to ensure them best benefits of government welfare and industrial policies."

Participants in a related panel discussion included WIEGO's Home-based workers Sector Specialist, Shalini Sinha, and SEWA, Kerela, General Secretary, Sonia George.

India Scholarships delayed, protest at social welfare department The Indian Express . (20 December 2015)
By Welankar, Parth.

Irked by a year’s delay in disbursing scholarships to nearly 540 students, a protest was organised by members of the Kagad Kach Patra Kashtkari Panchayat (KKPKP) following which the social welfare officer finally assured that scholarships would be disbursed within 10 days.

India Wastepickers' children deprived of scholarship The Times of India . (19 December 2015)
By Nair, Ardhra.

Two and a half years since wastepickers' children were included in the 'pre-matric scholarship for children of those enagaged in unclean occupations' by the union government, the wastepickers in Pune are yet to get any money.

India Effort Not Wasted as City Ragpicker Bags UN Award Times of India . (2 December 2015)
By Kashyap, Nitisha.

New Delhi: For him it was just a means of livelihood and he had never thought that collecting e-waste from households would have its rewards. At COP21 in Paris, Mohammad Khokhan Hamid is going to receive the UN Climate Solutions Award for keeping the environment clean.

By and Indulekha Aravind, Rahul Sachitanand.

Spread across over 326 acres in northern Mumbai, the Deonar Dumping Ground has accumulated a massive 18-metre pile of garbage and for the past nine decades has been where much of the commercial capital's refuse ends up. In a few months, this massive site may be out of space - as early as March 2016, according to civic authorities.

India PMC rolls out new dry waste management plan The Times of India . (28 November 2015)
By K. Parida, Umesh.

Close on the heels of the wet garbage disposal project, Panvel Municipal Council (PMC) has come up with a new idea to recycle dry garbage. A shed will be put up in the city, where dry waste can be dumped, said civic officials. Rag pickers can go to the shed and pick whatever they want free of cost and send the rest to Taloja dumping ground.

Indonesia Jakarta Trash Banks Go High-Tech Jakarta Globe . (27 November 2015)

The network of five trash banks, which differ from the various dumps peppered around the capital, pays by the kilo for recyclable waste that has been sorted and brought in by trash pickers. That waste - including plastic bottles, tin cans and cardboard boxes - is then sold to recycling companies.

India Rethinking smart city for have-nots The Times of India . (27 November 2015)
By Chitlangia, Risha.

A project focuses on helping rag-pickers earn a livelihood by selling products made from waste. It is an effort to develop entrepreneurial skills in rag-pickers. "We can develop centres where rag-pickers can be trained to make the most of waste. A street vendor's cart or a kiosk, for example, can easily be made out of waste material," says Aditi Singh, assistant professor, industrial design, SPA.