On Environment Day, Safai Sena, a registered organization of Delhi’s waste recyclers presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal.
The memorandum was to chart out demands of kabaddis in Delhi and protest against the Government’s decision to choose waste-to-energy technology for waste management over the environment friendly recycling which is being practiced by around 1,500,000 informal sector waste workers and re-processors to keep Delhi clean. This will result in unemployment of small waste traders.
The event started at 9 am with over 500 Kabaddiwallas and other waste recyclers from different locations of Delhi gathering at the Vidhan Sabha metro station Gate no. 2. They marched towards the Chief Minister’s residence and registered their protest by chanting slogans, carrying banners, placards and beating drums.
At the Chief Minister’s residence, the waste collectors submitted their memorandum to the Chief Minister. Shri Arvind Kejriwal promised to look into their demands of access to waste through doorstep waste collection and committed to meeting them in a month’s time with a full action plan.