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Rajasthan Right to Food Campaign – a spectators view5 – by Manas Ranjan

In Rajasthan, the right to food campaign originated because of severe droughts in the state. Droughts affected lives and livelihoods of people and gave birth to Akal Sangarsh Samiti, which started from south Rajasthan and soon had memberships from over 100 NGOs/CBOs from all across the state. Nature of Functioning of Akal Sangharsh Samiti is through Common Research/Surveys & Joint Advocacy, Common/Joint Agitation Programmes, Monitoring of Government Relief Work, Monitoring Food Security Schemes, and Actions to ensure Accountability/Transparency.

Major achievements of the campaign are

Asserting Right to Minimum Wages

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Assertion Programmes

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Appointment of Women Mates

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Measurement Training and Monitoring

Destitute Relief Support

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2 Bags Grain at GP to 2 Bags at Ward

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50 Rupees and 50 Kilos in 2003 Drought

Maintaining High Grain Component in FFW

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Successfully thwarted Central Government plan to reduce the grain component from 10 kilos per day to 5 kilos per day

Challenging and Influencing BPL Selection

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Grassroots Research leading up to SC Writ

Fact Finding on Starvation Deaths

5 Based upon the PowerPoint presentation of the speaker

Report: Two-day state level workshop on ‘Right to Food’

17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.

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