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.
- 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 Dhan’ accounts, 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