Longing for the fresh air
Views from Srinagar
hard way, and we should pay it. The rag pickers risk their lives for a job that is at best called scavenging. It is true that the pickers do not have much of a choice, but does it change the fact that they help in cleansing of the city.
There is a warning issued by State Pollution Control Board that the rag pickers can get infected with fatal diseases as get exposed to the materials and wastes from hospitals that lie scattered around in the city. SPCB believes the pickers may get infected by used syringes of hospitals which can prove fatal for them.
These rag pickers driven by absolute poverty come to Kashmir, especially during the summers, and do a great job to keep the city clean and also provide fig-leaf credibility to the claims of SMC that they are keeping the city clean. They are not the heroes of any story-writer as they live and die near these garbage dumps, and they live very near to them in order to survive. But for us their work is commendable though their contribution goes unnoticed and we must pay salute to their work by virtue of which we remain at distance from the deadly diseases which can make the summer a whole lot uglier. While I was making my mind to write on these rag pickers and their contribution to keep the city clean, I found a news report in a local newspaper about the students of Government Higher Secondary School of Narbal