Policy Intervention: Anti WTO Campaign

There are many policies and programmes create more crisis for down trodden people. The policies in favour of previlaged few increse poverty rate. We seek to reduce poverty and implement policies that achieve a higher rate of growth. There are three potential sources of pro-poor growth: (1) a high rate of growth of average incomes; (2) a high sensitivity of poverty to growth in average incomes; and (3) a poverty-reducing pattern of growth in relative incomes. Keeping this vision in mind JCS interven substancially in policy making and implementing process, thus the Policy Intervention programme is on the priority agenda.

Workshop on SSA:
Two days workshop with the tribal teachers, education officers, and other NGO workers was organized to discuss about the educational status of the tribal children and steps that can be taken to improve its condition. Issues related to education of tribal children were discussed. The lop-sided development of tribal people has not shown much difference in their attitude. Even today a tribal boy feels ashamed to call himself an Adivasi. The Block Education Officer said that for every village they have appointed a School Development and Management Committee to look after the overall development of the school but the irony is that even the committee members do not know that they are the members of this committee. An appeal to the government bodies, NGOs and other stakeholders were made to improve the situation of education of Abu Road block.

Dharna at Jantar Mantar:
In the context of Right based approach of the Tribal landholdings, a dharna was organized at Jantar Mantar at New Delhi. The main aim behind this dharna was to fight for the forest rights of the tribals and to pass the bill of forest right recognition for the tribals. In this dharna, about 50 tribals from the Abu Road block participated during 7th to 9th March 2005 to make it a successful event. The Secretary of Bandhuwa Mukti Morcha, Swami Agniwesh, Baba Adab and political leaders, addressed this dharna. They enforced upon the aspects like the passing of the bill of forest landholdings of the tribals in the parliament and in favour of the tribal rights.

Networking Rally: A rally of Unorganized Workers was held from Ramlila ground to Sansad Street in New Delhi. In this rally about 20,000 workers from different segments of unorganized sector participated. Workers from twelve states, mostly from outside Delhi were present in the rally. The chairperson of the reception committee, Prof. Madhu Dhandevate, led this delegation NCC-USW. Two members of Parliament had also participated in this meeting. The delegation included eminent persons from NCC-USW, Bandhua Mukti Morcha, Astha- Udaipur, Majdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan and Jan Chetna Sansthan. It was decided to consolidate the existing state level joint action committees of Unorganised Sector Workers and then call a National Convention to fortify the demands. 42 members from BBAVM participated in this rally.

Anti WTO Campaign

Jan Caravan: With the advent of WTO ministerial meeting in Hong Kong, an anti WTO caravan was taken out from Abu Road on 3rd December 2005. In this ministerial meeting decisions regarding some of the important decisions related to the rural sector like agriculture, poultry seeds, subsidy etc, were going to be taken in the commercial interest of the country completely ignoring the plight of 70% of the Indian population. In order to stop this havoc a jan caravan was taken out starting from Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra, Gujrat, Rajasthan and Delhi. Jan Chetna Sansthan received the caravan in Abu Road at the Gujrat border. Our organization led the caravan in eight districts of Rajasthan. 45 members of BBAVM from Abu Road were with the rally throughout 12 day. It finally culminated in Kaladera (a place near Jaipur) where Coca Cola plant is situated. It was an act to oppose the wrong policy of WTO by bringing all small and big organizations, farmers and artisans under a single umbrella. Other issues like migration, contract farming, and problems of small traders were also addressed in this 12 days rally.

Jail Bharo Andolan:
Tribals of Abu Road block took out a rally in Sirohi to provide an impetus to the Tribals’ Right on Forest Land on 30th November 2005. A huge procession of 1500 people shouting slogans for passing Tribals Forest Rights Bill 2005 was taken out from Rajmata Dharmshala to the Collectorate office. People demanded to “either pass the bill and give us our rights or send us to jail”. This was a step towards ensuring rights of tribals on the local natural resources. Jail Bharo Andolan is related to Jangal Jameen issue, which our organization has been working for the last nine years.

Jangal Jameen Jan Andolan: Inspite of the government order, tribals are continuously being removed of their landholdings. On the Jangal Jameen issue, almost 2500 people of southern Rajasthan gathered at Udaipur for the purpose of taking out a huge rally on Jangal Jameen Jan Andolan in which 52 people of Abu Road block participated. The Commissioner was handed over the various demands of the tribals regarding their losing of the landholdings.

State Level Networking Meeting: A meeting of all the organizations working in South Rajasthan was held in Udaipur wherein Nikhil Dey, Jean Drez, and Shankar from Majdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Khemraj from PRAYAS, Kavita Srivastava from PUCL, representative from Jan Chetna Sansthan and many other persons from different organizations had participated. The points, which were discussed in this meeting, were:
1. Employment Guarantee Act
2. Right to Information
3. National Food for Work Programme

Dalit Adhikar Rally: In order to address the issues of Dalits a rally was taken out in Abu Road block on 29th November 2005. This rally started from Falaudi on 22nd December and reached Abu Road on 29th. Dalits and tribals of this area participated in huge number. Around 500 dalits assembled at Madhwa Ji, Mungthala and discussed the plight of Dalit community in the country in general and village in particular. It was decided that no more discrimination and humiliation will be tolerated and they all will fight back with full strength and vigor. The next day, rally went to Sirohi and gave a memorandum to the Collector regarding Dalit and Tribal Rights.

Public Hearing at Pali: Center for Dalit Human Rights, Jaipur organized a public hearing in Pali in association with Jan Chetna Sansthan and the issue was Dalit Women Atrocities (Dalit Mahila Utpidan). Jan Chetna Sansthan joined in as a major supporter of his issue and showed its solidarity with full vigor and promised to be together in every fight against any violence and atrocities done on Dalit Women. Different types of cases came in this public hearing and Jan Chetna Sansthan resolved follow-up of these cases and see that they get justice.