POSTED January 16, 2018
Tech startups poised to create more labour equality in India
A new program is bringing innovation to help vulnerable communities avoid dangerous work
The Kerala Startup Mission, an Indian government-implementing agency, is backing business startups to use technology to do the country’s dirtiest and most dangerous jobs, such as coconut-plucking and sewer clearing.
“It is unfortunate that even now, men have to go into sewers to remove blockages and clean them. It is so dangerous and undignified,” Saji Gopinath, chief executive at the India-based Kerala Startup Mission, was quoted as saying by Thomson Reuters Foundation News.
In this case, the Indian tech company Genrobotics has built a robot to clean sewers. “With the Bandicoot, we can convert manholes into roboholes,” explains Gopinath.
Overall, the greater project will help people in vulnerable communities who do the dirtiest jobs and have limited access to technology, indirectly address poverty and inequality. [news.trust.org]
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