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Thursday, 20 August 2020

Modi to interact with 12 ragpickers from Karnal

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 19

The Karnal Municipal Corporation (MC) has roped in 298 ragpickers for ensuring 100 per cent segregation of waste generated in the city. Of them, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with a group of 12 through the virtual mode on Thursday.

Special arrangements have been made by the MC for this virtual interaction at the Material Recovery Facility Centre on Meerut Road on the occasion of 'Swachh Survekshan 2020' award ceremony. "We have made all arrangements for the virtual meet of the ragpickers with the PM," said Nishant Kumar Yadav, MC Commissioner.

He said they had registered 298 ragpickers for segregating recyclable materials from the garbage generated by the city on a daily basis. At present, around 50 per cent segregation is being done by the MC.

Swachh Survekshan ranking

  • The Karnal MC has registered 298 ragpickers for 100% segregation of waste generated in the city
  • The move is aimed at helping the ragpickers earn a livelihood along with making the city neat and clean
  • It will also help in improving the Swachh Survekshan ranking of the city, which was 24 in 2019 and 41 in 2018

"We have four material recovery facility centres in the city and MC employees are segregating the waste at present. However, in coming days, ragpickers will also help segregate the waste to achieve 100 per cent target," he added.

Yadav said it would help them in earning a livelihood along with making the city neat and clean. "It will also help in improving the Swachh Survekshan ranking."

"ID cards have also been issued to them," he said.

The ragpickers will segregate the waste at all four material recovery facility centres and later sell the garbage, which cannot be treated, at scrap shops. As per the authorities, the move will help in making good use of the recycle materials, besides providing better livelihood for the ragpickers.

At present, ragpickers segregate the recyclable material from the heaps of garbage and sell it to various shops. After this initiative, they will not have to wander to look for garbage heaps to pick up recyclable materials.

In 2019, the city had improved the Swachh Survekshan ranking to 24th from 41st in 2018. "We are hopeful that the city will get a good ranking this time," he added.

The MC Commissioner said the identified rackpickers would be entitled to Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Aayushman Bharat, Ujjwala Yojana, BPL, Jan Dhan Yojana and other schemes.

from The Tribune

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