Who We Are
Lokadhikar was founded in 2002 as a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization with its registration with the Societies Act, 1860. From its establishment, Lokadhikar has been committed to the cause of the informal sector laborers for their development, to ensure minimum wage, basic health, habitation and exploitation and harassment free environment. The primary focus of work with the waste pickers is to link all of them with the national flagship programme. The thoughtful attempt envisages that the waste pickers could also join the country-wide cleanliness campaign and contribute positively in achieving the goals. Along with this the organization has been running Education Centres in the labour colonies for their children and organising Health camps regularly, so as to educate the young generation and prevent them from entering into the same vocation and to keep them fit. To continue the effort Lokadhikar has been undertaking advocacy with the government with the support and co-operations of community and civil societies to bail out the waste-picker community who are selflessly engaged to keep the city clean, putting their life at risk.
HELP THE WASTE WORKERS
The prime objective of Lokadhikar organization is to organize the waste pickers so that they are made aware about their rights and entitlements. The general public usually perceives that the people engaged in waste management are not part of the society as they are dirty and they are spreading the waste. This labour class has been not only been looked down upon but are discriminated at every level. The effort of Lokadhikar is to ensure due recognition and respect for the contribution of the waste pickers in keeping the cities clean. We in different Zones of Delhi, particularly in the waste pickers’ colonies, organize monthly meeting with the labours. Besides local issues like water, electricity, education, health, etc., their employment related problems are also discussed in the meeting.
The livelihood question of people segregating the wastes is more critical in comparison to other labour class. The sole income of the waste pickers is from the waste materials collected, segregated and sold to the scrap dealers. The Lokadhikar is making every effort to make sure that the waste pickers get employment and in this process the organization in collaboration with private companies has provided work in various garbage collection centres. Lokadhikar has been collaborating with various Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) to ensure minimum wage to the waste pickers collecting garbage from the societies. It has been a practice now that many RWAs are supporting minimum wages to the people picking the garbage from the societies.
— Our Mission
To achieve effective public support in favour of the underprivileged and marginalized people of the society to inspire and motivate them to realize their human dignity and make capable to address their own problems. They are made aware on the issues of environment, democracy and human rights through information sharing, capacity building and training for the social and economic development.
— Our Vision
Enable the neglected and marginalized people of the society to realize their rights and entitlements so as to ascertain and inspire the development based on justice and equality that respects the rights of individual without discriminating on grounds of caste, creed or gender.
— OUR STORY
Lokadhikar was founded in 2002 as a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization with its registration with the Societies Act, 1860. From its establishment, Lokadhikar has been committed to the cause of the informal sector laborers for their development, to ensure minimum wage, basic health, habitation and exploitation and harassment free environment.