April 24, 2015

Haq Wapsi, Ghar Wapsi Nahi

On the 23rd& 24th of April, 2015, a Joint Dharna called Haq Wapsi, Ghar Wapsi Nahi, was organised at Jantar Mantar by Right to Food Campaign along with various national campaigns to protest against the Union Government’s policies which are seen as an attack on the rights of poor people.  The Dharna raised issues related to the following:  

Plight of Farmers:
·        Impact of the land acquisition ordinance, 2015 and Land grab for Corporates
·        The widespread crop damage and worsening situation of farmers,
The non-implementation of NFSA by Central and State Governments:
·        Converting the PDS into cash transfers and the move towards Direct Bank Transfers,
·        Reducing budgets for children's right to food,
·        Non implementation of Maternity entitlements,
·        Bringing commercial interests and contractors in the public provisioning of food instead of local communities.
Delays in MGNREGA:
·        Depressing demand through imposing conditionality in MGNREGA
·        Delayed payment of wages
·        Targeted and meager pensions
·        Pension Budget Cuts
Transparency and Accountability:                
·        Dilutions in the RTI Act
·        Lack of effective grievance redressal mechanisms
·        Non implementation of Whistleblowers Protection Act

Several hundred people from the states of Madhya Pradeesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu participated in the Dharna

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