NEW DELHI: The National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation is planning to train 7,500 sanitation workers and waste pickers this year. This is being seen as a step forward in adopting better standards of sanitation facilities and improving the conditions of the workers.
“The plan is to train 5,000 sanitation workers and 2,500 waste pickers in phases. Around 5,500 workers have been trained in the last phase. The new phase of training will start once workers from the last batch achieve completion,” said an official of the corporation.
The project is likely to be sanctioned next week.
During the five-day training programme, the training modules will be so designed that they apprise workers of mechanised cleaning procedures. They will be trained on how to use equipment like vacuum cleaner, automated machines etc. in public buildings, public toilets, sewage lines and septic tanks.
“The focus will be to give them a detailed module on how to use safety kits which include gloves, masks and jackets while carrying out sanitation work. Medical camps will also be held to check their health,” said the official.
For waste pickers, the focus would be on training lessons on composting and recycling waste.
The corporation has tied up with sanitary inspectors in civic bodies in four states so far to sensitise them.