Interventions: Advocacy and Capacity Building...

Bihar Government Sets up State Human Rights Commission

20 October 2008

As a result of continuous lobbying, Bihar government. notified setting up of State Human Rights Commission in December 2007. Pairvi along with local partners engaged with the Speaker of the legislative Assembly (entrusted with the responsibility of setting up the Commission) for expeditious implementation of the notification. Recently Government appointed Justice S N Jha, Justice Rajendra Prasad and Mr. RR Prasad as the Chairperson and members of the Commission respectively. 

State Workshop on RTI at Patna

28th July 2008

One day workshop on right to information was organized at Youth hostel Patna on 28th July. More than 60 organizations from 22 districts of Bihar participated in the workshop. Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, Information Commissioner inaugurated the workshop. He said that in two years of its existence, Information Commission has achieved many milestones in making information available to people, however he also added that there are still some gaps in making information available at district and block levels. Efforts are on by the Commission to promote suo motu disclosure and Commission has even punished many public authorities for denying information. 

Regional Consultations on NREGA in Jharkhand

23rd July 2008
A regional consultation on status of NREGA in poorest districts of Jharkhand was organized at Deoghar in collaboration with Pravah, in view of the fact that these districts have performed extremely poorly in the NREGA. 30 participants from 8 districts participated in the Consultation on 23rd July. A number of facts regarding implementation of NREGA were brought to light which were conveyed to the advisor to the Supreme Court appointed Commissioner on Right to food and other relevant authorities.

Regional Workshop on NREGA and RTI

23rd January 2008
A one day regional workshop was organized by Pairvi with Sarthi Sanstha at Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan on NREGA and Right to Information. The workshop was attended by 30 local activists and NGOs from Sikar, Churu, and Jhunjhunu. The objective of the workshop was to enable social advocates better utilize the right to information and its utilization in monitoring NREGP. The participants found the NREGA Primer developed by Pairvi very useful, knowing about the Act and the programme and its monitoring aspects. Some of the participant organizations have also volunteered to organize social audits of the programme in their Panchayats

Regional Consultation on Floods in Bihar

Bihar witnesses floods every year which affects the lives of 1/3rd population. All the economic activities are affected for at least four to six months and floods also take a huge toll on the lives of people and cattle. Pairvi organized a state Consultation on long lasting solution of floods last year. In continuation of the intervention on floods, a regional consultation of organizations of 7 districts in North Bihar, which is affected by floods, was undertaken in July with NIDC network. Organizations discussed disaster mitigation efforts and how to engage with the state government on this important issue more effectively. 

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