ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Formalising Livelihood

This article attempts a sector-specific analysis of wastepicking, which is an informal though integral part of urban solid waste management. It looks at the role played by wastepickers in environment protection and conservation apart from their contribution to economic productivity. It explores the possibilities for legitimising the occupation with a view to improving the conditions of work. It also proposes a framework through which social security benefits can be assured to this section of workers. The article draws upon the authors' own research and experience of working with the Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (Scrap Collectors Association) and the Department of Adult Education, SNDT Women's University, in Pune city.

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