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Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

At the time when the unfortunate incident of the ‘accidental’ exposure to radiation that affected workers and waste collectors in Delhi as they handled radioactive material, took place, the issue of waste disposal, particularly hazardous waste, made the headlines. The lives of those who live off colleting and sorting waste came into our line of vision. But then the issue disappeared. 
  Long term policies that ensure that the safety and health of those who do such an essential job – “a community of silent environmentalists” someone called them are not such a high priority any more. One reason is that the people affected are virtually invisible.
  Waste collectors around India work silently, often late into the night, sorting out mountains of waste, foraging for anything that can be sold. If you walk down some streets of central Mumbai after 11 at night, you will see an army of waste collectors. Men, Women, children are all hard at work. They work through the night and finally manage to get some sleep one the doorsteps of the shops on those streets. By daylight they become invisible, having stowed their belongings in boxes behind the signs of the shops on whose doorsteps they sleep. These are the people of the night, not noticed by those who inhabit the areas in the day.
  What is often not entirely appreciated is that a substantial percentage of waste collectors is women. According to a study, 85 percent of waste collectors in the city are women, five per cent are children and 10 per cent are men. The majority of them are poor and landless people who came to the city because of drought in their villages.  The age group ranges from 7 to 70 years and 98 per cent of them are illiterate. A survey of 60,000 waste collectors found a similar proportion; 60 per cent women, 20 per cent men and 20 per cent children. Studies have revealed that 90 percent of the women waste pickers are primary bread winners, often widowed or deserted. It is interesting how the gender division of labour plays out even in the business of waste. While women, and children, do the more hazardous job of sorting and separating the waste, the men deal with the dry garbage, which they transport to wholesalers and factories. As a result, it is the women who are exposed to hazardous waste- none of them wear any kind of protective gear- and also face the physical problems of constantly bending and carrying head loads of the waste. Look at any group of waste collectors and you will spot the bent old women who have been performing this function for decades. 
  In the slum – city of Mumbai, waste collectors experience the most acute degree of homelessness. While poor people in other kinds of jobs somehow manage to find some shelter in a slum, irrespective of whether it is legal or illegal, waste collectors sleep next to the garbage they have sorted. This is their “wealth”. Something they have to protect after they have collected and sorted it until they can monetize it. Hence, near many garbage dumps, even in the better off localities of cities like Mumbai, you see families of waste pickers asleep in the morning. And most often you see only women and children.
  Why bring up waste collectors at a time when the main environmental issues being debated are the larger issues of global warming, or environmental disasters such as the all spill in the Gulf of Mexico? This is because on the lives of people. We have hundreds of small scale and continuing environmental disasters taking place all around us. But we overlook them so long as they do not impact our lives or our lifestyles. Millions of waste pickers in India, who play a crucial role in dealing with the perennial environmental crisis of waste, risk their lives and their health every single day. This is an on-going environmental issue that requires as much attention from ordinary people, the media and policy makers as the larger macro issues.

Q 6. Why, according to the author, is the issue of waste collectors as important as the issue of global warming?
(A)  As most waste collectors in big cities are children who are ultimately the future of our nation.
(B)  As without the waste collectors sorting waste the phenomenon of global warming would increase exponentially.
(C)  As waste collectors deal with wastage which impacts the people’s everyday lives and is also environmentally significant.

  1. Only B and C
  2. Only A
  3. Only A and B
  4. Only C

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

At the time when the unfortunate incident of the ‘accidental’ exposure to radiation that affected workers and waste collectors in Delhi as they handled radioactive material, took place, the issue of waste disposal, particularly hazardous waste, made the headlines. The lives of those who live off colleting and sorting waste came into our line of vision. But then the issue disappeared. 
  Long term policies that ensure that the safety and health of those who do such an essential job – “a community of silent environmentalists” someone called them are not such a high priority any more. One reason is that the people affected are virtually invisible.
  Waste collectors around India work silently, often late into the night, sorting out mountains of waste, foraging for anything that can be sold. If you walk down some streets of central Mumbai after 11 at night, you will see an army of waste collectors. Men, Women, children are all hard at work. They work through the night and finally manage to get some sleep one the doorsteps of the shops on those streets. By daylight they become invisible, having stowed their belongings in boxes behind the signs of the shops on whose doorsteps they sleep. These are the people of the night, not noticed by those who inhabit the areas in the day.
  What is often not entirely appreciated is that a substantial percentage of waste collectors is women. According to a study, 85 percent of waste collectors in the city are women, five per cent are children and 10 per cent are men. The majority of them are poor and landless people who came to the city because of drought in their villages.  The age group ranges from 7 to 70 years and 98 per cent of them are illiterate. A survey of 60,000 waste collectors found a similar proportion; 60 per cent women, 20 per cent men and 20 per cent children. Studies have revealed that 90 percent of the women waste pickers are primary bread winners, often widowed or deserted. It is interesting how the gender division of labour plays out even in the business of waste. While women, and children, do the more hazardous job of sorting and separating the waste, the men deal with the dry garbage, which they transport to wholesalers and factories. As a result, it is the women who are exposed to hazardous waste- none of them wear any kind of protective gear- and also face the physical problems of constantly bending and carrying head loads of the waste. Look at any group of waste collectors and you will spot the bent old women who have been performing this function for decades. 
  In the slum – city of Mumbai, waste collectors experience the most acute degree of homelessness. While poor people in other kinds of jobs somehow manage to find some shelter in a slum, irrespective of whether it is legal or illegal, waste collectors sleep next to the garbage they have sorted. This is their “wealth”. Something they have to protect after they have collected and sorted it until they can monetize it. Hence, near many garbage dumps, even in the better off localities of cities like Mumbai, you see families of waste pickers asleep in the morning. And most often you see only women and children.
  Why bring up waste collectors at a time when the main environmental issues being debated are the larger issues of global warming, or environmental disasters such as the all spill in the Gulf of Mexico? This is because on the lives of people. We have hundreds of small scale and continuing environmental disasters taking place all around us. But we overlook them so long as they do not impact our lives or our lifestyles. Millions of waste pickers in India, who play a crucial role in dealing with the perennial environmental crisis of waste, risk their lives and their health every single day. This is an on-going environmental issue that requires as much attention from ordinary people, the media and policy makers as the larger macro issues.

Q 7. Which of the following is possibly the most appropriate title for the passage ?

  1. The General Public’s Apathetic Ways
  2. The Unorganized Sector
  3. The Invisible Waste
  4. Waste collectors – The World over

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

At the time when the unfortunate incident of the ‘accidental’ exposure to radiation that affected workers and waste collectors in Delhi as they handled radioactive material, took place, the issue of waste disposal, particularly hazardous waste, made the headlines. The lives of those who live off colleting and sorting waste came into our line of vision. But then the issue disappeared. 
  Long term policies that ensure that the safety and health of those who do such an essential job – “a community of silent environmentalists” someone called them are not such a high priority any more. One reason is that the people affected are virtually invisible.
  Waste collectors around India work silently, often late into the night, sorting out mountains of waste, foraging for anything that can be sold. If you walk down some streets of central Mumbai after 11 at night, you will see an army of waste collectors. Men, Women, children are all hard at work. They work through the night and finally manage to get some sleep one the doorsteps of the shops on those streets. By daylight they become invisible, having stowed their belongings in boxes behind the signs of the shops on whose doorsteps they sleep. These are the people of the night, not noticed by those who inhabit the areas in the day.
  What is often not entirely appreciated is that a substantial percentage of waste collectors is women. According to a study, 85 percent of waste collectors in the city are women, five per cent are children and 10 per cent are men. The majority of them are poor and landless people who came to the city because of drought in their villages.  The age group ranges from 7 to 70 years and 98 per cent of them are illiterate. A survey of 60,000 waste collectors found a similar proportion; 60 per cent women, 20 per cent men and 20 per cent children. Studies have revealed that 90 percent of the women waste pickers are primary bread winners, often widowed or deserted. It is interesting how the gender division of labour plays out even in the business of waste. While women, and children, do the more hazardous job of sorting and separating the waste, the men deal with the dry garbage, which they transport to wholesalers and factories. As a result, it is the women who are exposed to hazardous waste- none of them wear any kind of protective gear- and also face the physical problems of constantly bending and carrying head loads of the waste. Look at any group of waste collectors and you will spot the bent old women who have been performing this function for decades. 
  In the slum – city of Mumbai, waste collectors experience the most acute degree of homelessness. While poor people in other kinds of jobs somehow manage to find some shelter in a slum, irrespective of whether it is legal or illegal, waste collectors sleep next to the garbage they have sorted. This is their “wealth”. Something they have to protect after they have collected and sorted it until they can monetize it. Hence, near many garbage dumps, even in the better off localities of cities like Mumbai, you see families of waste pickers asleep in the morning. And most often you see only women and children.
  Why bring up waste collectors at a time when the main environmental issues being debated are the larger issues of global warming, or environmental disasters such as the all spill in the Gulf of Mexico? This is because on the lives of people. We have hundreds of small scale and continuing environmental disasters taking place all around us. But we overlook them so long as they do not impact our lives or our lifestyles. Millions of waste pickers in India, who play a crucial role in dealing with the perennial environmental crisis of waste, risk their lives and their health every single day. This is an on-going environmental issue that requires as much attention from ordinary people, the media and policy makers as the larger macro issues.

Q 8. Why are women waste collectors at a disadvantage as compared to the men waste collectors as mentioned in the passage ?
 

  1. The men sell the waste collected by the women to wholesalers and keep all the money to themselves without sharing it with the women.
  2. The women do the more dangerous and physical work of sorting through the garbage whereas men mostly transport dry garbage.
  3. The men force their wives and children to work for them whereas the women do not have this luxury.
  4. The men are not as affected by the waste as the women waste collectors because of the difference in their physical constitution.

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

At the time when the unfortunate incident of the ‘accidental’ exposure to radiation that affected workers and waste collectors in Delhi as they handled radioactive material, took place, the issue of waste disposal, particularly hazardous waste, made the headlines. The lives of those who live off colleting and sorting waste came into our line of vision. But then the issue disappeared. 
  Long term policies that ensure that the safety and health of those who do such an essential job – “a community of silent environmentalists” someone called them are not such a high priority any more. One reason is that the people affected are virtually invisible.
  Waste collectors around India work silently, often late into the night, sorting out mountains of waste, foraging for anything that can be sold. If you walk down some streets of central Mumbai after 11 at night, you will see an army of waste collectors. Men, Women, children are all hard at work. They work through the night and finally manage to get some sleep one the doorsteps of the shops on those streets. By daylight they become invisible, having stowed their belongings in boxes behind the signs of the shops on whose doorsteps they sleep. These are the people of the night, not noticed by those who inhabit the areas in the day.
  What is often not entirely appreciated is that a substantial percentage of waste collectors is women. According to a study, 85 percent of waste collectors in the city are women, five per cent are children and 10 per cent are men. The majority of them are poor and landless people who came to the city because of drought in their villages.  The age group ranges from 7 to 70 years and 98 per cent of them are illiterate. A survey of 60,000 waste collectors found a similar proportion; 60 per cent women, 20 per cent men and 20 per cent children. Studies have revealed that 90 percent of the women waste pickers are primary bread winners, often widowed or deserted. It is interesting how the gender division of labour plays out even in the business of waste. While women, and children, do the more hazardous job of sorting and separating the waste, the men deal with the dry garbage, which they transport to wholesalers and factories. As a result, it is the women who are exposed to hazardous waste- none of them wear any kind of protective gear- and also face the physical problems of constantly bending and carrying head loads of the waste. Look at any group of waste collectors and you will spot the bent old women who have been performing this function for decades. 
  In the slum – city of Mumbai, waste collectors experience the most acute degree of homelessness. While poor people in other kinds of jobs somehow manage to find some shelter in a slum, irrespective of whether it is legal or illegal, waste collectors sleep next to the garbage they have sorted. This is their “wealth”. Something they have to protect after they have collected and sorted it until they can monetize it. Hence, near many garbage dumps, even in the better off localities of cities like Mumbai, you see families of waste pickers asleep in the morning. And most often you see only women and children.
  Why bring up waste collectors at a time when the main environmental issues being debated are the larger issues of global warming, or environmental disasters such as the all spill in the Gulf of Mexico? This is because on the lives of people. We have hundreds of small scale and continuing environmental disasters taking place all around us. But we overlook them so long as they do not impact our lives or our lifestyles. Millions of waste pickers in India, who play a crucial role in dealing with the perennial environmental crisis of waste, risk their lives and their health every single day. This is an on-going environmental issue that requires as much attention from ordinary people, the media and policy makers as the larger macro issues.

Q 9. Which of the following is true about waste collectors as given in the passage ?
(A)  Majority of waste collectors are people who have migrated from their village because of some natural calamity.
(B)  Waste collectors prefer to sleep next to the garbage they have sorted.
(C)  Most waste collectors are not literate.

  1. Only B
  2. Only A and B
  3. Only C
  4. Only B and C

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

At the time when the unfortunate incident of the ‘accidental’ exposure to radiation that affected workers and waste collectors in Delhi as they handled radioactive material, took place, the issue of waste disposal, particularly hazardous waste, made the headlines. The lives of those who live off colleting and sorting waste came into our line of vision. But then the issue disappeared. 
  Long term policies that ensure that the safety and health of those who do such an essential job – “a community of silent environmentalists” someone called them are not such a high priority any more. One reason is that the people affected are virtually invisible.
  Waste collectors around India work silently, often late into the night, sorting out mountains of waste, foraging for anything that can be sold. If you walk down some streets of central Mumbai after 11 at night, you will see an army of waste collectors. Men, Women, children are all hard at work. They work through the night and finally manage to get some sleep one the doorsteps of the shops on those streets. By daylight they become invisible, having stowed their belongings in boxes behind the signs of the shops on whose doorsteps they sleep. These are the people of the night, not noticed by those who inhabit the areas in the day.
  What is often not entirely appreciated is that a substantial percentage of waste collectors is women. According to a study, 85 percent of waste collectors in the city are women, five per cent are children and 10 per cent are men. The majority of them are poor and landless people who came to the city because of drought in their villages.  The age group ranges from 7 to 70 years and 98 per cent of them are illiterate. A survey of 60,000 waste collectors found a similar proportion; 60 per cent women, 20 per cent men and 20 per cent children. Studies have revealed that 90 percent of the women waste pickers are primary bread winners, often widowed or deserted. It is interesting how the gender division of labour plays out even in the business of waste. While women, and children, do the more hazardous job of sorting and separating the waste, the men deal with the dry garbage, which they transport to wholesalers and factories. As a result, it is the women who are exposed to hazardous waste- none of them wear any kind of protective gear- and also face the physical problems of constantly bending and carrying head loads of the waste. Look at any group of waste collectors and you will spot the bent old women who have been performing this function for decades. 
  In the slum – city of Mumbai, waste collectors experience the most acute degree of homelessness. While poor people in other kinds of jobs somehow manage to find some shelter in a slum, irrespective of whether it is legal or illegal, waste collectors sleep next to the garbage they have sorted. This is their “wealth”. Something they have to protect after they have collected and sorted it until they can monetize it. Hence, near many garbage dumps, even in the better off localities of cities like Mumbai, you see families of waste pickers asleep in the morning. And most often you see only women and children.
  Why bring up waste collectors at a time when the main environmental issues being debated are the larger issues of global warming, or environmental disasters such as the all spill in the Gulf of Mexico? This is because on the lives of people. We have hundreds of small scale and continuing environmental disasters taking place all around us. But we overlook them so long as they do not impact our lives or our lifestyles. Millions of waste pickers in India, who play a crucial role in dealing with the perennial environmental crisis of waste, risk their lives and their health every single day. This is an on-going environmental issue that requires as much attention from ordinary people, the media and policy makers as the larger macro issues.

Q 10. Why are long term policies favouring waste collectors not high priority ?

  1. The Government is currently contemplating over the effects of the oil spill in the fects of the oil spill in the gulf of Mexico and does not have time for other issues.
  2. The plight of these people is not evident as they work late into the night and are nt seen much during the day.
  3. The Government is unable to see these people at all and thus is not aware of their existence.
  4. These waste collectors themselves are not in favour of being brought into the organized sector because of the numerous complications involved.
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