Monday, July 5, 2010

BIS #1903 DRISTI STANDS WITH THE PEOPLE

Parmar Mayank sdb
KAPADVANJ, JULY 5, 2010: Taking a Right based Approach; Kapadvanj Don Bosco creates news by organizing the Morcha with regard to no payments for the four weeks of work under NREGA, comprising of hundred and two workers amounting to Rs. One and half lac.

On July 2, 2010, Fr. Mayank Parmar sdb, and the staff of DRISTI along with a tempo load of Rampura (Sorna) villagers go to a District Development Office and submits their memorandum saying “If we don’t get our payments in two days we are going to the labor court for the payments with compensation”.
After having a morcha on June 14, 2010, most of all the villages’ payments were done immediately. Now fifteen days were over and we found out only one village was still to be paid and that is Rampura (Sorna) of Kapadvanj taluka. The staff of DRISTI along with Fr. Mayank and Sailesh Parmar, Suresh Parmar addressed the people on July 1, 2010 in a public meeting in their own village. Villagers realized that was the only village in the whole of Kapadvanj taluka which was left without payments. So people got alarmed thinking if they don’t fight for their wages nobody is going to pay any attention and their hard labor will go in vain. They immediately formed a union and decided to go to Nadiad to meet District Development Officer Ms. Manisha Chandra. On the following day forty people comprising of men and women got in to the tempo with placards to the DDO’s office.

Ms. Manisha Chandra the DDO of Kheda district was busy with some other meeting so we met Mr. Alpesh Chauhan P.A. of Ms. Chandra who also looks after the NREGA programme of the District. Mr. Chauhan addressed the people and told them that the action will be taken immediately without further delay.
True to his words, the team from the District and taluka came in the village that very evening. They studied the case and immediately sanctioned the money.

The staff of DRISTI was very delighted to see all the people in Chikloi post office to get their payments. People took a relief for having achieved the target of getting the money after having gone through the hard way.

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