The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is helping the people working in the waste segregation industry in India to move into formal economy, by helping them access government welfare programmes.

 

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  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is helping the people working in the waste segregation industry in India to move into formal economy, by helping them access government welfare programmes.
  • As part of the initiative, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General Usha Rao-Monari would distribute the `Jan Dhan’ account kits to waste segregation workers during her first visit to the country, on December 1.
  • The opening of the `Jan Dhan’ accounts has been facilitated through the UNDP’s plastic waste management programme.
  • The waste management promotes the collection, segregation, and recycling of all plastics to move towards a circular economy for the same.
  • This is done at ‘Swachhta Kendra’ or material recovery facilities. The plastic collected and processed so far has already crossed 1,38,000 metric tonnes.

 

Financial inclusion of ‘Safai Sathis’

  • The programme run by UNDP aims to ensure the well-being and financial inclusion of the `Safai Sathis’ or waste-pickers, by linking them to the social protection schemes.
  • According to the UN agency, a key objective of the programme is to help move the sector from informal to formal.
  • The UNDP aims to do this by linking them to social protection schemes like the `Jan Dhanaccounts, Aadhar cards, `Ayushman Bharat’, pension schemes, and scholarships for children, among others.

 

About the UNDP

  • The UNDP is a United Nations agency tasked with helping countries eliminate poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth and human development.
  • UNDP was established in 1966 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
  • UNDP’s work is concentrated in three focus areas —
      • Sustainable development,
      • Democratic governance and peace building, and
      • Climate and disaster resilience.
  • Mission and Vision —
      • UNDP’s mandate is to end poverty, build democratic governance, rule of law, and inclusive institutions.
      • It advocates for change, and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.
  • Funding – It is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member nations.
  • Headquarters – New York, USA
  • Reports published by UNDP —
      • Human Development Index
      • Sustainable Development Goals
      • Gender Inequality Index