You must have often heard ‘Work has Dignity’, which means that all occupation, whether involving intellect or physical labor, deserves equal respect and dignity. Some work are given a lot of importance while other are not. So there exist an inequality in most of the underrated professions.
There are some Jobs which are underrated but are integral part of our society, and directly or indirectly, affect all of us. They are not only the most underrated, but are also involved in a very deadly job. We should respect all the professions which are listed below:
Sewage (sanitation) cleaners
At the very least, 22,327 sanitation workers die every year from accidents, suffocation or exposure to toxic gases.
Not only they do ensure that the garbage doesn’t clog anywhere in the city, they are also putting their life on line in duty. They are the soldier of cleanliness and their mortality rate is perhaps higher than most armies of the world.
And despite the huge number of deaths, these sanitation workers work without any protective gear. They are ridiculed by their employers when they ask even for pair of gloves! Their lives just seem to have no value for Indians at all.
The only safety for these workers is, a candle. Here is the candle test which is supposed to save their lives:
- Put a lit up candle down the manhole.
- If the candle explodes – Don’t go in, toxic gases!
- And if the candle extinguishes – Don’t go in, less oxygen!
- OR If the candle keeps on burning, you are good to go.
So the next time your flush works fine, do thank that dark angel covered in the filth, who is supposedly an untouchable.
Typically more than 65% middle class working Indians employ them for washing someone’s vessels and sometimes even clothes. They get underpaid or overpaid whatever it may be but money can’t measure up to the mistreatment they suffer.
1. They are given very hell like dirty vessels to wash. Okay. Now imagine she washes all your clothes/vessels and goes to the next house where she works at and then to the next and till the number of houses she finishes working at. Till the last house, her hands are wet and aching. But she still washes everything you throw up. Even spoons and forks!? Seriously?
2. Stale food offered for eating: Just because they clean something we consider shit and pay for, doesn’t mean they are our slaves and they are obliged to eat whatever we offer. Have some respect!
3. Harassment (verbal and sexual): She’s also a woman with feelings and family. Expecting her to do more than what one pays is more prevalent especially in old men. But still to make ends meet, they come to work
A typical lineman in India is considered a 4th class labor, in India usually Govt. employees are categorized as Class 1, 2, 3 and 4th. They don’t usually have protective gears, live below poverty line, takes risks every time they step up the electric poles, of course no life insurance. Hundreds of linemen die every year in India while doing this risky job. In contrast, in the U.S they’re appreciated by their skill set and even paid well for the risks involved in the job, they even have linemen games, a competition enjoyed by the linemen across the U.S.
Even though I’m not very critical of the Indian Govt. on this, mainly because the difference in economy, but still these poor linemen deserve a little better treatment than what they get, by the Govt. and by the people.
Workers in coalmine
The existence several hundreds of feet inside a mine is so fragile. Rickety ladders descending into wet darkness, no escape route, no water pumps, no lightning, no ventilation system. One falling domino can bring the whole place down burying all the workers inside.
They take these risks every day. Miners dig thousands feet horizontally with nothing more than a headlight. They have been working in coal depots since generations.
Though they work to provide coal to India, they do not get electricity. In fact, electricity is far-fetched for them as they get so little that would qualify as basic necessity. They live under plastic shelters.
Unimaginable endurance. Isn’t it!
Street hawkers are the one who is seen everywhere, near schools, fairs, railway station, market, slums or corners of road. Those guys don’t have any stores where they can sell their goods. One who visit almost all public places and sell their items whole day without expressing any feeling of threadbare.
What they sell? Almost everything which is our needs at a particular time, they sell items like cloth, blanket, food and other household and commercial articles. And they are often considered as the weaker section of society. They have to bear harsh words of the people irrespective of their hard work and service to the society. Generally all hawkers scream so that people at every corner can hear their voice.
They visit in every weather either it is hot summer, rainy day or even in chilly winter. Sometime when it is not possible for us to go out and purchase goods from other shops we then purchase goods from them standing at our door step. They always help us in all situations. Selling goods at cheaper rate which is very much beneficial for the middle class and lower class people.
People employed in firework factories
About 90% of the firework factories in India are located in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. This region being arid is not suitable for agriculture and has around 800 small scale firework industry employing around 80 k- 1 lakh people.
Apart from being an underrated, this profession is one of the most dangerous professions in India. Majority of the work is done by women and children of the age 10-16 as they settle for meager wages of Rs. 90-150. So, child labor is a major problem in this industry. Children belonging to ‘below poverty-line’ families and the children who lose their parents to firework accidents mainly take up this profession.
Even though the children attend school, they tend to work in these factories when they are at home. This affects their performance and leads to eventual withdrawal from the schools.
The job isn’t a secure one as the industries are closed after Diwali festival and during the months of monsoon. Asthma, TB, diseases affecting the respiratory tract are common among the workers. The workers also suffer from skin related problems as they come in contact with chemicals like sulfur dioxide, nitric acid, etc. So, the next time when you burst crackers, think about the people of firework factories
Fumigation and Pest Control Workers
This is another dangerous and underrated profession. The workers come in direct contact with chemicals and fumes released by the fumigation machine. The prolonged contact with such fumes leads to nausea, loss of appetite, kidney failure, and damage to the nervous system. Though the chemicals used are considered to be harmless to be harmless by the government, there have been reports of death in many places across India. Another problem is that, they are many unlicensed companies employing untrained workers which has to lead to mishaps and accidents.
Nurses are underrated all over the world and India is no exception. Why underrated? It is because they are mostly capable of doing what many Indian doctors do with that extra bit of care. In many government hospitals, when the doctors are unavailable at crucial times, they are the ones who diagnoses the patient and keeps track of their reports.
Again here, the sexual and verbal harassment follow them in the form of doctors and in cases, even patients. But they still do their job with care.