In collaboration with the Human Health and Well Being Division of United Nations Environment Programme, ESG initiated a pilot project aimed at developing the capacities of Pourakarmikas (municipal solid waste workers) of one Health Ward of the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike in evolving a sustainable strategy for management of community level municipal solid waste. As part of this project an evaluation of the work conditions of Pourakarmikas was undertaken with the aim of proposing suitable changes in appropriately managing this crucial workforce of the city. The scope of the project has now expanded with the support of the Karnataka Department of Environment under the Indo-Norwegian Environment Programme, and is likely to be the basis of intervention in Bangalore and other cities as well. A package of community educational material has been developed, that includes a dramatised educational video "Nagara Nyrmalya".
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