Identity Cards were issued to 250 Rag Pickers who are associated with Jan Vikas Society on 12th December 2016 by Honourable Mayor Ms. Malini Gaur, Indore Nagar Nigam in the presence of Commissioner, other officials from Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC), NGOs and Rag Pickers from different slums at Regional Park, Pipliyapala, Indore. The Identity Card is co-signed by Chief Medical Officer and Director of Janvikas Society.
Our years-long struggle to secure recognition to Rag Pickers by Municipal Corporation is being realized. The Commissioner has assured that all Rag Pickers would be provided Identity Cards soon. Indore city has over 3000 rag pickers, of which 93% are women. Jan Vikas Society has been working with Rag Pickers for past 15 years through formation of Cooperative Society, Self Help Groups, providing Vocational Training (Tailoring, Beautician’s Course etc.), conducting regular health check-ups etc.
Besides, 350 drop-out children are given basic education through Bridge School Centers in different slums. Career guidance and counselling are provided to the members of Youth Club too. Efforts are on to get Rag Pickers integrated into the Solid Waste Management Process of Indore Municipal Corporation. We hope for a better tomorrow.