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Privatization making a  mess for rag pickers

Privatization making a  mess for rag pickers
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First Published: Wed, Feb 20 2008. 04 11 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Feb 20 2008. 04 11 PM IST
Across the country, the push for privatization in waste management has forced rag pickers such as 65-year-old Hari Singh to choose between losing their jobs and joining the companies that have landed government contracts. Most have opted for the latter—attracted by the promise of fair compensation, uniforms and safety gear.
And yet, Singh and advocates for rag pickers say, work conditions have largely remained unchanged and some are making less than they were before industry stepped in—with no leverage to demand better.
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First Published: Wed, Feb 20 2008. 04 11 PM IST
More Topics: Privatization | Rag Pickers | Industry | Mess | Garbage |