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India: Photos from the Delhi sit-in by social movements on issues of Land, food security, jobs and pensions

23 April 2015

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Text of the invitation to join the sit in and photos of the day one (23 April 2015) of the social movements sit in in Delhi are posted below:

Joint Dharna by National Campaigns
23rd and 24th April, 2015,
Jantar Mantar, N Delhi

Dear friends,

This is to inform you that the four networks and campaigns, the Right to Food Campaign, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Pension Parishad and National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) are jointly holding a dharna on the 23rd and 24th of April, 2015 at the Jantar Mantar, Delhi. It has been planned that we should try coming in large numbers and motivate our various groups to mobilise for this Dharna. We should all assemble by the 22nd evening and have a good presence from the morning of the 23rd itself. There should be a strong political message from the two day vibrant protest that the politics of this Government undermines the poor and pro-people policies and is out to attack people’s rights and natural resources in favour of the corporate. We will address the following issues over the two days.

Land:

  • Land grab for Corporates and the land acquistion ordinance, 2015
  • Crop damage and worsening situation of farmers,

The non-implementation of NFSA by Central and State Governments:

  • Converting the PDS into cash trasnfers and the move towards DBTs,
  • Reducing budgets for children’s right to food,
  • Non implementation of Maternity entitlements,

Issues related to implementation of NREGA:

  • Including delayed payment of wages and the rest,

Pensions:

  • Linking pensions to Minimum wages, and universalising it
  • Opposing Pension Budget Cuts
  • Pension totally as a state contributory entitlement

Transparency and Accountability:

  • Increases Transparency in all dimensions of Governance, Protecting the RTI Act, implementing the whistle blowers law, Grievance Redressal.

We are certain that the two day vibrant Dharna will strongly get across our demands and policies to the Government and the MPs.

We are: Kavita Srivastava and Dipa Sinha: Right to Food Campaign; Arundhati Dhuru, Ulka Mahajan and Madhuresh: National Alliance for People’s Movements (NAPM); Poornima, Kamayani, Shanker and Prakash: Pension Parishad; Nikhil Dey, Anjali Bharadwaj and Amrita: National Campaign for People’s Right to Information

[Photos below by Mukul Dube]

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