Poornima Chikarmane

Poornima Chikarmane, Retired Associate Professor/ Assistant Director at the Pune Sub-centre of the Department of Continuing and Adult Education and Extension Work, SNDT Women’s University, Pune, India, is a researcher and an experienced facilitator for workshops with waste pickers. Poornima serves as a member of the District Covid Task Force and is a senior advisor at Kashtakari Panchayat.

Shabana Diler

Shabana Diler has over two decades of field experience in the development sector which involves working with workers in the informal sector, urban poor and the youth.

She has expertise in working in a service cooperative, right from setting up operations to running them efficiently and putting in place systems for the smooth functioning of the same.

Shabana also brings in her experience of the overall handling of the various functions such as administration, citizen outreach, and networking with local government institutions, in a multi-dimensional organization.

Lakshmi Narayanan

Lakshmi Narayanan has been working with waste pickers in Pune and PCMC since 1989.

She is one of the founders of Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat, a ten thousand-strong, member-based Trade Union of Pune, engaged in empowerment, advocacy and mainstreaming of the most marginalised urban poor. 

She has also helped found SWACH, India’s largest autonomous cooperative of waste pickers offering front-end waste management services to Pune’s citizens. SWACH is nationally and internationally acclaimed as a robust Pro-Poor  Private Public Partnership that serves the State’s dual responsibilities of Solid Waste Management and poverty alleviation


Managing Trustees

Lubna Anantakrishnan

Aditya Vyas

Lubna is a Managing Trustee at KP, and leads the recycling, livelihoods, and sustainability work at Kashtakari Panchayat. She has implemented waste picker-inclusive models for zero waste and plastic waste management, been involved in advisory on extended producer responsibility, and supported waste pickers to undertake value addition activities in waste. She has a background in Economics.


Aditya is a Managing Trustee at Kashtakari Panchayat, where he oversees the social welfare and entitlements work. He also volunteers his time as a treasurer at Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat. Aditya has a background in Technology and has completed a post-graduation fellowship from Ashoka University. He has previously worked with PRADAN where he worked with self-help groups on financial inclusion and livelihood generation. 

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