Demanding Right of Nutritional Food and Right to Safe Drinking Water Through Dharna in Bhubaneswar

Date: 11th July 2017 to 12th July, 2017

Venue: Bhubaneswar

A two day dharna was carried out in front of the legislative assembly in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on 10/07/2017 to 11/07/2017 demanding amendments in Odisha's 'Food Security Act', as well as demanding an Act Right To Safe Drinking Water In Odisha' which was also stated in BJD's election manifesto published in the year 2014.

Odisha Shramjeebee Mancha, a conglomerate of people's organizations has been working on constitutional rights and entitlements, such as Mgnrega, Food & Nutritional Security, Water & Sanitation & Right To Safe Drinking Water, Public Health etc. in 14 districts namely Kandhamal, Boudh, Nayagarh, Gajapati, Koraput, Malkangiri, Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Mayurbhanj, Rayagada, Nuapada, Kalahandi & Balangir since 2012.

As the National Food Security Act implemented by the Government of India guarantees 5 kg of food grain per unit (per person), which comes to 83.34 grams of food grain per person per meal (only if he/she is consuming only 2 meals a day). The said quantity is insufficient for a deprived person. Apart from this, this Act guarantees only the availability of food grains, but does not cater the issue of malnourishment. The supply of food grains alone cannot solve the issue of malnourishment; it needs to be supported at-least by basic food supplements like dal, edible oil, sugar, salt etc.

Therefore, Odisha Shramjeebee Mancha, a people's collective, demands that sufficient quantity of packaged nutritious food like Dal, Edible oil, Sugar etc. be supplied at subsidized rate, which will help the poor to lead a dignified life.

To consider Right to safe drinking water as an Act and to pass a bill in the assembly in this context.

Total 136 people participated in two days Dharna including 55 women from areas where Women Federation intervention is going on in Odisha and 81 men participated from people's collectives/ Sangathans from other areas of Odisha.

Despite all odds like heavy rains, it did not deter people from Dharna and firmly continued with the event. 

The Dharna was concluded after submitting the memorandum on "Right To Safe Drinking Water" as an Act in Odisha to the hon'ble PR Minister Mr. SJ Pradeep Maharathi of Odisha by OSM delegation members

Skill Building Through ITI of Tribal & Dalit Students

Livelihood is one of the biggest challenge for the marginalized communities of Odisha. Even the quality of education is very poor in this region (as per CAG report of 2015).  Due to lack of much livelihood opportunities, people are migrating to other districts and states in search of work. Thus, government of Odisha has brought skill development training plan through ITIs in which admission fees for SC/ST candidates has been exempted by the government for the financial year 2017-2018. The SC/ST department will reimburse the admission fee directly to the student's account.

We are also regularly meeting the principal, in order to ensure that orientation is provided to the potential students on the importance of joining ITI's and how these courses can help them in earning their livelihood.  Now the ITI's have also tied up with other stakeholders and providing support in placements.

More than 100 students have applied for admissions in ITIs from our operational areas for the year 2017-2018 through our Jan Sangathans.

Behavioural Change Through Sensitizing School Students

Date: July 2017

In Odisha, we are working with the most marginalised SC/ST communities and the condition of availability of water is too bad there.  Thus, we started intervention on water and sanitation 3 years back in 6 blocks in 5 districts of Odisha.  

Due to consistent efforts of our grass root team, the villagers have been successful in availing toilets under "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan".   The challenge still exists as so many villagers are not using the toilets due to constraints like water availability etc. They are not even sensitized towards the best sanitation practices. 

Thus, we had decided to sensitise school children and to build them as change makers of the society, who can bring about a change in the living pattern of their family and community around them.

We began this initiative by meeting school administration and discussing the objective and purpose of sensitizing students and the need for forming the cabinet of students.  Later, we started forming cabinet of students who were then provided training as well as orientation on different communication tools to spread awareness among their family members and community.

We have planned to start this process in 14 districts of Odisha.  The campaign was planned on 2nd July and was initiated from 14th, July 2017 in Kandhmal district in Badabanga & Sikaketa village from Badabanga gram panchayat of Darigibadi block, Padapadar & Maskapadi village from Suduru gram panchayat of Baliguda block and Radha school in Surtul GP under Kotgarh block.

Post Card Campaign Demanding an Act on Right to Safe Drinking water and amendments in National Food Security Act.

Launching Date: 15th July, 2017

The photographs are from different districts of Odisha where Post Card campaign started on 15th July, 2017 and will continue till 31st December, 2017. People from different parts of Odisha are writing their demands on post cards and submitting the same to their nearest village/GP level post office.

We, at Atmashakti have been consistently working on various issues and this campaign primarily focusses on bringing safe drinking water as an act in Odisha, so that safe drinking water is available to all. Thus, on 1st July 2017, a post card campaign was planned by people’s collectives to demand Right to Safe drinking water Act and certain amendments in National Food Security Act, addressing the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha.

Rally Against Wine and Liquor Shop

Rally and Gherao of the Gram Panchayat to stop the Wine shop immediately in

Sundargarh District & Kandmal District in Odisha

Women Federation was initiated with an objective to ensure constitutional, socio-political, legal, economic, cultural and customary rights of tribal and dalit women in Odisha.

Currently women federation is active in 18 blocks of 6 districts in Odisha. Since the conceptualisation of women federation and their active existence in the operational area, the perspective of tribal and dalit women has been changing towards their rights. 

On 13th July 2017, 30 women villagers from Kiralaga village of Kiralaga GP at Subdega block in Sundargarh district initiated a rally and threw away bottles of wine from the wine shop and then they again met on 16th July, 2017. 90 women villagers participated and held a rally.  During the rally, they threw away the imported bottles of wine from shops and met the owner of the land and convinced him to remove the wine shop from his land. On 18th July, 2017, the team of 8 members went to the police station and submitted their complaint regarding the removal of wine shop.  They also demanded to see the license of running the wine shop and patta paper of the land owner.

In Kandhmal, rally on the same issue was initiated on 20th July from Raikia, to the BDO office. People held the rally and at last they reached BDO office at Raikia block and submitted memorandum to stop operation of wine shops in their blocks.

Women carried out these rallies in their respective zones with an objective to minimise domestic violence and to save money being spent on buying liquor to invest the same for fulfilling their other household needs as they have limited financial resources.

13 Villages Got Accreditation as Revenue Village




Lakhanpur block committee meeting was held at Beheraguda on 16-07-2017 to discuss about fishermen, displacement of locals, sangathan building and future planning of Sangram Samiti. and planning on date 16-07-2017

Lakhanpur, A meeting was Organized on Sunday near the Post Office of Lakhanpur Block Dist- Jharsuguda with the presidency of President Basudav, Sangram Samitee Budi village, Hirakund, where he extended the gratitude to District Govt. On behalf of Sangathan. The 13 villages of Lakhanpur Tahasil which was not considered as revenue village since long years, where by people from this village were being deprived from the facilities of Govt.  In the earliest Sangram Samitee had drawn the attention of Govt. Regarding considering the villages as revenue villages and Sangathan had been Organizing "Andolon". Though it is too late still then the District Govt. have declared the 13 nonrevenue villages as revenue villages. Regarding this Water Resource Department handover 1927 Ac 44 Decimal of land to Revenue department for which an application has been submitted to Govt. To settle down for the villagers and Sangram Samitee have appeal to have a speedy work on it. On this occasion hundreds of people have extended their gratitude to the Govt. through Slogan and all, where committee Secretary Gopinath Majhi, assistance Secretary Baikuntha Singh, Dwarika Prasad, Sabisakha Bhoi, Gokula Sahoo and Soukilal were present

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