Leadership Development Workshop
The Milli Gazette
Published Online: Jul 16, 2011
Print Issue: 1-15 May 2011
Mumbai: Movement for Peace and Justice (MPJ), Maharashtra, organised a two-day leadership development workshop in Mumbai. The aim of the workshop was to build up excellence and confidence among MPJ cadre by focusing on Public Distribution System (PDS), health care and Right to Information Act (RTI).
The workshop advocated the universalization of the PDS. The MPJ supports many fair price shops across Maharashtra which facilitate access to food for the poor and needy. Many slum dwellers in cities do not have BPL cards. Such unorganized labour force needs BPL cards. MPJ is running a campaign for these groups to enable them get BPL and Antodaya cards. Justice Wadhwa patiently interacted with MPJ cadres who believe that the government's plan to directly transfer cash to the needy would not be successful. “The PDS should be based on provision of protein-energy so that edible oil, pulses, millet and sugar are included in the diet of the poor.” They also want that in rural areas slums, Aganwadis should be set up based on population size for proper uptake of children and pregnant or lactating women.
MPJ has appealed to the government to "universalize PDS and healthcare so that leakages are plugged and there is no exclusion among the poor."
MPJ also emphasized on awareness of the Right to Information (RTI) as an important tool to empower people in getting their due rights. Encouraged by its success, MPJ is planning many similar programmes in several parts of the state in the near future. (beyondheadlines.in)
This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 17blog comments powered by Disqus