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State Consultation in Rajasthan - 'A Call to End Malnutrition'

17th September 2013
The State Consultation was organized in collaboration with save the children, world vision, CECEOEDECON, IDS, Right to Food Campaign and ACF on 17th September, 2013. It was attended by Principal Secretary of the WCD, civil society organizations working on malnutrition, pediatricians, nutritionists, parents of beneficiary children, ASHA workers and MTC in-charges.  It came out with a collective “Call to end Malnutrition.” The recommendations included harmonization of criteria for identification of SAM children, institutionalize follow up of discharged children, allocation of technical and trained staff, capacity building of mothers, creating child friendly atmosphere, and integrating institution based facilities with community based malnutrition management.

Fact Finding on the Death of Manual Scavengers

On Monday 15th July 2013, several newspapers in Delhi carried the incident of death of three manual scavengers in the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in delhi. While few of them said that the death was caused by obnoxious gases; some reported electrocution as the cause of deaths. Many of them neither established the cause of death nor the identity of the victims. None of the newspapers published any follow up story on subsequent days.
PAIRVI conducted a fact finding on 16th and 17th July 2013 to establish the identity of the victims, cause of death, turn of events and course of the occurrence and also the accountability for these deaths. It is mention worthy that Delhi was the first state to ban manual scavenging in 2012. The fact finding team came out with certain facts...

State Consultation - Renewing Social, Political and Legal Commitment Against Witch Hunting

6th October 2012

In view of the rising graph of witch hunting cases and atrocity on women, a collective of organizations lead by PAIRVI, Vikas Bharati, FLAC, AASHA, and Humanity organized a State Consultation at Ranchi on 6th October. More than 70 civil society organizations, Panchayat members, women, survivors of witch hunting, academic community and lawyers attended the Consultation. The Chief Guest of the function was Mrs. Vimla Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Social Welfare and Women and Child Development. The Consultation was also attended by Jusctice Narayan Roy, Chairperson of the State Human Rights Commission, Dr. Hemlata S Mohan, Chairperson of the State Women Commission, Prof. Ramesh Sharan (Ranchi University), Adv G S Jaiswal, Adv Rashmi Katyayana, Ms Ranjana (Member, State Child Rights Commission).

Workshop with Tongia Community

“Taungiya” is a colloquial word for plantation settlers, which was settled in forest villages by the forest department for maintaining forests during the late 1800 and early 1900. Majority of the taungiyas belong to Tharu and Buxa Tribes having come across the border of Nepal long back. However, later taungiya system was abolished and many of them were driven out of forests. More than 1 lakh taungiya settlers face unknown fate in Uttarakhand living mainly in the districts of Udhamsingh Nagar, Champavat, Hardwar, Dehradun and Pauri-garhwal. They become victim of wrath of forest department and revenue department and many of them suffered imprisonment on the charges of encroachment of forest lands. According to the forest officials, Taungiya system was abolished in 1980s, The Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 mandates the land rights to traditional forest dwellers including the Taungyas but the State Government has denied to recognize these forest-villagers as traditional forest dwellers and therefore rights available to them under the Act. Pairvi organized a fact finding on land rights of taungiyas and visited a number of forest villages in US Nagar, and Champavat, and met govt officials, NGOs. 

Screening of 'Cotton for My Shroud'

12th March 2012
PAIRVI organized a screening of the Film “Cotton for my Shroud,” which was awarded the best investigative Film in the Indian Film Festival. The film depicts and plight of cotton growers of Vidarbha thousands of whom have committed suicide due to the failure of BT cotton seeds of Monsanto. The Minister of Agriculture, in a statement in the Parliament, has recently admitted that more 2,50,000 (quarter a million) farmers have committed suicide due to poverty and failure of crops in the last one and half decades. 

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