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August - September, 2011

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  • Interview
  • VANI news
  • News in General
 

 

News

India not to join OECD for now 
 India has decided against becoming a member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for now
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CAPART launches web-based online system 
The stated objective is to further increase the transparency and provide up-to-date information to all stakeholders. VOs can now submit their online query through their login id given by NGO-PS. Status of query can also be tracked online
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IBON Position Paper on Aid for Private Sector Development 
 Since the 1980s, multilateral development banks, donor agencies, development finance institutions and governments have increasingly promoted private sector growth as the cornerstone of national development strategies.
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Edited & Written by :
Binu Sebastian
 

From Editor’s Desk
Dear Member of Parliament,

Greetings from Voluntary Action Network India (India)!
Voluntary Organisations have been playing a significant role towards the process of nation building in our country. Over the years, the voluntary sector has evolved and matured to become a partner in development with the State and the Private Sector. In the process of its evolution, it has begun to assume diverse roles and as such its outreach is varied; it ranges from specific relief measures of poverty eradication to macro issues like accountability and transparency.  Planning Commission of India has recognized this crucial role of the sector and clearly outlined the importance of the sector in meeting some of the developmental challenges that our country face today.

Concerning the relationship between the state and the sector, it has always been a chequered one. However, recently the sector is, in a considerable manner, victimized by the state owned authorities. These harassments pause serious threat to the very functioning of the sector. As you know, an enabling environment is an absolute necessity to carry out any meaningful developmental work in any community. The fundamental components of such an environment, like bringing together people in the communities, holding the local authorities to accountable and transparent, organizing awareness campaigns etc have become a harrowing experience for the sector in a few states, especially those disturbed areas.

While, we understand the pressure of the State to contain anti-national elements, we would humbly request the State not to use this an excuse to trample down the democratic space guaranteed to each and everyone in the society. VANI an apex body of voluntary organization in the country has begun an initiative to work closely with honourable Members of the Parliament and the media to generate awareness on this issue. This newsletter is an effort in this direction as it reflects one of the stories of harassments. It is our hope that you, in your capacity as the Member of Parliament and the elected leader, will represent our cause in all the possible forums to ensure that such trends are curtailed and contained. 

Yours Sincerely,
Harsh Jaitli
CEO, VANI

Interview
An Experience of Harassment
NAME: Devsing Netam
Age: 65
Village: Rampur, Futhamudha
Category: BPL

Devsing Netam, 65, a residential of Rampur, Futhamudha Village of Dhamtari District, Chhattisgarh. He has been in the village since 1979, previously he was in Urputti village just few distance away from the present location. Previously he was residential of Urputti village of Arod Duban Panchayat, without any proper residence and cultivable land.

During world indigenous day, villagers gathered together for demonstration. On this auspicious day State level platform LSM (Lok Sahabhagi Manch) with other organizations organized a state level demonstration. Subsequently, some people from the Forest Department and police department came and forced them to sign on the paper in which it was written that none of the villager will go in any kind of Dharna or demonstration. If they do, it will be on their own risk. When villagers sow crops, forest department leave cattle in their field. Now they were fencing the whole area and forcefully evacuating villagers from their land and they are planting trees on their land.

Background
Urputti village was a low lying area, thus due to dam project (Gangrel Dam), the whole village was drowned and the villagers were displaced. He, with his family worked in this project at that time as a laborer, but as the dam project was in progress, slowly villages get lay down under river Mahanadi’s water. Finally with some of their belongings whole villagers shifted to a new place, little away from the place in a hilly area. They settle here and established a small village, named on previous village “Urputti” Block - Arod Dubaan. Everything was going easy till 1994, as the water level goes on increasing they shifted to new place “Futhamuda- Rampur Village” as they require more land for agriculture or other livelihood activities. Futhamuda village is a revenue village, which comes under reserve forest land. When administration saw them, they (administration) sent Devsing with other 14 other villagers including Mukhiya Ratiram behind bar for capturing land illegally. This was the first incident in the life of Devsing, when he was been sent to jail. Under pressure of family, after 18 days they were released on bail. They rejoined the movement, but in mid of the movement, Mukhiya Ratiram left them and ran way. Till 1995 they peacefully lived in their huts, but at the end of 1997 and in early 1998 forest department filed case against them and once again sent two villagers (Devsing including one more villager) behind the bar. When they were being sent to jail, women were taken forcefully by forest department and left them in the mid of the forest of Surahi (far away from the village).

In year 1998, retired collector Mr. B. D. Sharma laid foundation of this village (Futhamuda). Villagers start earning from the land occupied by them in the forest (Approx. 5 Acres land each family).

In 2000 their houses were demolished and all villagers were taken to Dokal jail. They remained there for 9 days on 10th day they were released on bail. After returning from the jail, they joined the Dharna which was organized by their wives ‘to show the outrage against the police and forest department. Continuously after 2000 to 2006 he have been sent jail for seven times, and her wife Jahili Bai for six times. Throughout this, only few people’s record had presented in front of magistrate, rest of all have forcefully kept inside the bars. During this instances many times police and forest department bulldozed their village and robbed all the valuables.

In year 2007 Devsing came to Rachna Manch (a small NGO) and joined as a field staff. He has been working their till now and raising forest and tribal issues of Dhamtari. Police and forest department were bothering in regular interval. He was worried now how to work in right based mode where administration is not showing keen interest in solving their problem. According to Forest Right Act (FRA-2005), Tribal and other forest dwellers who had occupied any piece of land in forest prior to 13th December 2005 will be given land holdings, but forest department is not ready to hear them.

Suggestion
Devsing says that after such prolong suffering, he has no strength to fight anymore with these officials. Nobody is behind him for any kind of back support.  Even he has all necessary documents and evidences, but unfortunately nobody is here to hear him. According to FRA-2005, he is eligible to get the holding of the land but due to lots of conflict with the government officials, it is still a difficult mission, to accomplish.

Past Events

21, September 2011: VOICE 2011, The Annual General Body meeting of VANI was held in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. Members from various states took part in the event. The event was also marked by the felicitation of Dr. Y V Malla Reddy and Sr. Anne Ferrer. VANI also paid a glowing tribute to Father Vincent Ferrer for his outstanding contribution to the overall development of Anantapur district through Rural Development Trust.

25 September: State level consultation on FCRA and DTC held at Gorakhpur, UP: Around sixty representatives from various voluntary organizations from across Uttar Pradesh participated in the workshop. Mr. Manoj Fogla, Chartered Account and expert on FCRA & DTC related issues updated the participants with the latest developments and their implications to the voluntary sector.

28, September 2011, CEO Conclave –: Subsequent to the meeting on the Model Internal Policies of good governance for the voluntary organizations, VANI facilitated the CEO Conclave to present the draft compilation of all the internal policies. The objective was to share the policies with various stakeholders so as to elicit their perspectives to make them as robust as possible.
VANI in other Platforms
10-12th August, InterAction Annual Forum, Washington 
InterAction is the national platform of international NGOs of United States of America working all over the globe.  VANI was invited to make presentation of two aspects which are concern of Indian voluntary organizations also, viz. Relationship between International NGOs and Local organizations; and Role Indian Organizations play due to the increased role of Indian Government as new donor. One the area which is been seen as having potential for future collaboration could be methodology designed by InterAction for ‘Self Certification’.  VANI is exploring with the members and secretariat of InterAction to seek technical support on this subject to design self certification model for India. This self certification model would be very important for the small and medium sized organizations.

1-2nd September,
2011, Seoul Civil Forum on Aid and Development Effectiveness”. Seoul, South Korea
South Korea is the host for the 4th High level Dialogue for Development which is going to take place in Bussan in the end of November 2011. Being the active member of Open Forum, VANI was invited to the preparatory meeting as well as meeting to deliberate on the common strategy during the Bussan Forum. VANI made presentation on the concern which Indian Voluntary Sector has in the new changing global scenario of International aid. VANI is being accredited by the Korean government to be part of official sessions during the Bussan event.

6-12th September 2011: CIVICUS World Assembly  
Being an active member of CIVICUS and founding member of Affiliation Group of National Association (AGNA), VANI was invited to participate in the World Assembly in Montreal, Canada. Prior to the World Assembly VANI participated in the meeting of Asian Networks and annual meeting of AGNA. VANI also co-hosted a small workshop on the regional networking at Asia region. The possibility of bringing out ‘State of Voluntary Sector in India’ was also explored with CIVICUS, which will be based on the Civil Society Index, used by CIVICUS for global report.  Interest was also expressed by many organization to hold next World Assembly in India.
Announcements

Common Ground for Rejection of Applications under FCRA 2010 
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List of agencies exempted from the definition of foreign source under section 2(1)(j)(ii) of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010
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VANI released Model Internal Policies for the Voluntary sector in India:

This will soon be shared with the voluntary organizations

 
News in General

An Executive Summary of the Report on the study on Social, Economic and Political Dynamics in Extremist Affected Areas.
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India setting up foreign aid agency
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Make Aid Transparent - first official petition handover
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Give Development a Human Face, say Pacific Civil Society Leaders
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ICSO Position paper towards HLF4
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India not to join OECD for now 
 India has decided against becoming a member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for now
Click here to read more>>>

CAPART launches web-based online system 
The stated objective is to further increase the transparency and provide up-to-date information to all stakeholders. VOs can now submit their online query through their login id given by NGO-PS. Status of query can also be tracked online
Click here to read more>>>

IBON Position Paper on Aid for Private Sector Development 
 Since the 1980s, multilateral development banks, donor agencies, development finance institutions and governments have increasingly promoted private sector growth as the cornerstone of national development strategies.
Click here to read more>>>

 
 

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