Social security of waste workers
CDC’s survey shows that 90% dumpsite bin and street collector are women and 5% are children, mostly girls. Most have migrated from rural areas to cities due to drought and other reasons and are also subject to oppression in their castes. They live in small slums and secure a meager daily income.
Social security is primarily a social insurance program providing social protection including poverty, old age, disability, unemployment and others.
CDC has made efforts in providing identification, social recognition, creating awareness about health care and sanitary practice at work site as well as personal end, providing appropriate training to unorganized sector for optimum utilization of waste as a livelihood option and strengthening the groups for better health practices, micro saving and other issues.
Social security of vendors
A major problem is that master plans prepared for our cities do not allocate spaces to vendors or hawkers. The policy statement of the regional development authorities talk of making provision for trading and commercial activities which unfortunately interpreted as making provision for rich traders and big business.
CDC, in collaboration with city Municipal Corporation, started project for social security of vendors. It includes sensitization, realization and facilitation of the basic facilities to the marginalized vendors.