At COP21, Bengalurean Gives Voice to Ragpickers

Published: 11th December 2015 05:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th December 2015 05:24 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: During the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), which concluded in Paris recently, representatives from India, including one from Bengaluru, made several suggestions to mitigate climate change.

Mansoor, who operates a dry waste collection centre in the city, was among the two Indian representatives. In an interaction held on Thursday, he spoke on the demands put forth by the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers at COP21.

He said they had asked for the creation of a Green Collar Corpus Fund to end subsidies to all technologies that compete with recycling and to encourage informal sector recycling. They also said that in order to expand, formalise and regularise the activities of ragpickers, financial support was essential.

Mansoor also said a public body that looks into the issues pertaining to ragpickers should be created. He added that the authorities’ attitude towards ragpickers, who work in the worst of conditions, needs to change to bring about a positive difference.


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