In an attempt to give manual scavengers a better life, the Delhi government in collaboration with NGO We the People and technology major ACME, has given them carts that keep fruits and vegetables cold.
The campaign, “Sampoorna Samridhi” (complete prosperity), envisages improving the financial condition of scavengers, increasing their social acceptability and upgrading hawker practices through innovative technology.
At a function at Sarojini Nagar market in south Delhi to distribute the carts to thirty-one scavengers, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said: “The initiative predominantly is to make the identified manual scavengers self-reliant.”
The function was organised by We the People – an NGO and the Delhi SC/ST/OBC/Minorities and Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (DSFDC).
“Where they were earning about a hundred a day from scavenging, they can earn about Rs.800 from vending”, said Ashok Kapoor of We the People.
The practice of which involves cleaning dry latrines and clearing carcasses with bare hands, is an offence under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry (non-flush) Latrines (Prohibition) Act 1993.
The government had committed to eradicate the practice of manual scavenging by Dec 31, 2007, but it has now been reset to March 2009.
Source: IANS / NewKerala.com, 03 Oct 2008