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Changes We Bring

Impact Through Policy Interventions

Changes We Bring

There are policies and programs that create crises for downtrodden people, and such policies in favor of a privileged few increase the poverty rate. At Jan Chetna, we aim to reduce poverty, advocate for and implement policies that achieve a higher rate of growth which is inclusive of the most marginalized sections of society. We believe there are three potential indicators of pro-poor growth: (1) high growth of average incomes; (2) high sensitivity of poverty to growth in average incomes, and (3) poverty-reducing pattern of growth in relative incomes. With this vision in mind, Jan Chetna intervenes substantially in the policy-making and implementation process, making the Policy Intervention program a priority on our agenda.

Workshop on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA): We organized a two-day workshop with tribal teachers, education officers, and other NGO workers to discuss the educational status of tribal children and steps that could be taken to improve its condition. It is imperative to acknowledge that mainstream education does not acknowledge and recognise tribal identities and thus, even today, a tribal child or adolescent feels ashamed to call themselves an Adivasi. The block education officer (BEO) informed us that they have appointed school development and management committees (SDMCs) in every school to look after their functioning and overall development. However, it is ironic that even committee members are not aware of such committees. We appealed to government bodies, NGOs, and other stakeholders to improve the status of education in the district.

Demonstration at Jantar Mantar: We organized a dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to demand for legal and systemic acknowledgment of tribal rights over their landholdings and resources for livelihood and survival. The main aim of this dharna was to fight for tribal forest rights and to pass the Forest Rights Bill. Tribal women and men participated in a national rally from 7th to 9th March, 2005, making it a successful event. The secretary of Bandhuwa Mukti Morcha, Swami Agniwesh, Baba Adhav, and political leaders addressed the dharna among others.

Networking Rally: We held a rally of unorganized workers from the Ramleela grounds to Sansad Street in New Delhi. The rally had around 20,000 participants from different segments of the unorganized sector. Workers from twelve states, mostly from outside Delhi, were present at the rally. Committee chairperson Prof. Madhu Dhandevate led this delegation of NCC-USW. Two members of Parliament also participated in the meeting. The delegation included eminent persons from NCC-USW, Bandhua Mukti Morcha, Astha Sansthan, Majdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), and Jan Chetna Sansthan among others. It was decided to consolidate the existing state-level joint action committees of unorganized sector workers and then call for a national convention to fortify the demands. 42 members from BBAVM participated in this rally.

Jan Caravan: With the advent of the WTO ministerial meeting in Hong Kong, we carried out an anti-WTO campaign from Abu Road on December 3rd, 2005. This meeting was going to decide on issues related to the rural sector like agriculture, poultry seeds, subsidies, etc.; completely ignoring the plight of 70% of the Indian population. In order to stop such policies from being implemented, we mobilized a Jan Caravan from Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Delhi. Jan Chetna led the caravan in eight districts of Rajasthan. 45 BBAVM members participated in the rally throughout the twelve days. The caravan culminated in Kaladera, a place near Jaipur, where the Coca-Cola plant is situated. The rally aimed to oppose the wrong policies of WTO by bringing all small and large organizations, farmers, and artisans under a single umbrella. Other issues like migration, contractual farming, and problems of small traders were also addressed in this twelve-day rally.

Jail Bharo Andolan: Tribals of Abu Road block held a rally in Sirohi to demand tribal rights over forest land on November 30th, 2005. A procession of 1500 people shouting slogans for passing the Forest Rights Bill, 2005 was taken out from Rajmata Dharamshala to the Collector’s office. People demanded to "either pass the bill and give us our rights, or send us to jail." Jail Bharo Andolan is related to the Jangal Jameen Jal Jan issue, which our organization has been working on since its inception.

Jangal Jameen Jal Jan Andolan: Despite government orders, tribals are continuously losing their landholdings. Around 2500 people from southern Rajasthan gathered at Udaipur to take out a huge rally, in which 52 people of Abu Road block participated. The tribal commissioner was handed a demand-charter of the tribals regarding their landholdings and other rights over forests and its resources.

State Level Networking Meeting: A meeting of all organizations working in South Rajasthan was held in Udaipur, attended by Nikhil Dey, Jean Drez, and Shankar Singh from MKSS, Khemraj from PRAYAS, Kavita Srivastava from PUCL and a representative from Jan Chetna Sansthan. They discussed NREGA, RTI, National Food For Work Program, and other significant legislations.

Dalit Adhikar Rally: A rally was taken out in Abu Road block on November 29th, 2005 to address Dalit issues. The rally started from Falaudi on December 22nd and reached Abu Road on the 29th. Dalits and tribals participated in significant numbers. Around 500 Dalits assembled at Madhua Ji, Mungthala and discussed the plight of Dalit community in the country. It was decided that no more discrimination or humiliation would be tolerated, and they pledged to fight back with full strength and vigor. Next day, the rally went to Sirohi and gave a memorandum to the Collector regarding Dalit and tribal rights.

Public Hearing at Pali: The Center for Dalit Human Rights, Jaipur, organized a public hearing in Pali in association with Jan Chetna. The concern was atrocities against Dalit women (Dalit mahila utpidan). Jan Chetna joined in as a major supporter of this issue and showed solidarity while promising to fight against any violence and atrocities on Dalit women. Different types of cases were brought forward, and Jan Chetna followed-up on these cases and helped their resolution, ensuring that justice would be done.

Our Impact

  • 2000

    Individual Forest Rights granted

  • ₹16,50,000

    worth ornaments recovered

  • 1427

    girls enrolled in government school

  • 25,680

    hectare grazing land developed

  • 17

    Community Forest Rights granted

  • 300+

    children provided with caregivers