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Ragpickers to get ID cards, social benefits

Source: The Hindu, Date: , 2014

Keeping in mind the possibility of providing social entitlements to ragpickers and integrating them into an increasingly privatised solid waste management system, the Chennai Corporation is taking steps to issue identity cards to them. Working with Transparent Chennai, the civic body is conducting a survey. Last month, it enumerated the ragpickers at Kodungaiyur dumping yard.“There are about 200 ragpickers in the dumping yard. We want to give them identity cards to keep out unauthorised entry and keep in check fires that may break out in the dumping yard. The ragpickers often complain of being harassed by the police, so this ID will help them,” said a senior Corporation official. One of the main reasons for this exercise, according to the official, is to figure out a way to resolve the conflict that is bound to rise due to privatisation of solid waste management in the city.

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