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).
“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.
6th June 2010
A state level consultaion on the issues related to manjha workers was held at Bareily, Uttar Pradesh.
In India kites are flying in all months of a year, so the demand for the kite and its thread always maintains its requirement, and in that sense it will create a good business for Bareilly manja workers because it’s a well established fact among the seller buyer and manufacturer’s that the sharp thorn manja of Bareilly considered the best in all over India, but the revealing fact tells some different stories about these suffered manja workers of Bareilly who faces the tough competition from the Synthetic nylon -metallic manja which got the clearance from the government to import in Indian manja market and condition got even worst because more than 50 percent manja market flooded by these Synthetic or Metallic manja , consequently the home made bareilly manja loosed their popularity in the market, which is directly attacking to their century old profession because of the price margin. Even sellers augmenting that “Synthetic or Metallic manja’s are in high demand because of the thread strength, cheaper price in comparison to home made bareilly manja, so ultimately only these manja workers have to face such types of storm, and now the condition is some artisan have changed their profession and some artisans are migrating from one state to another states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi to seek an opportunity where the kite flying festival is going to be happened just because of to earn livelihood i.e. merely on Rs90-Rs130 for the whole family.