Health Update

23 Jan
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Nani third from the left; PC: Sunil ji

Since the last Health Workshop small things have been happening, things which have a lot of meaning and yet seem to go undocumented. Doli one yuva karyakarta, who has been part of the health trainings, along with most of us vouched that we will try to use Govt Health facilities. She made five rounds to the Dist Hospital to get a cataract operation for her nani. Finally exhausted she told Kalyani, I am going to private I tried my best and then a rigorous follow up and finally nani ma was operated about a week back. It was also good to see an active health administration.

During this rigorous follow up a case of petty corruption in the hospital was also raised and we were assured there would be zero tolerance. Yesterday, Gita Devi, Doli’s mother, a middle aged health volunteer who is usually non confrontational and has been going through the health trainings refused to pay Rs. 300 to the Nurse, saying child delivery is a free service. Finally the nurse relented and gave them the child immunisation card for free, with Kalyani, Doli and myself providing telephonic support and encouragement. The case has also been documented and an application has been given to the CS and the Hospital Superintendent, about the demand.

And finally the icing on the cake is the painstaking follow up of Belsara saathis and Kalyani on the APHC in Belsara Panchayat, Raniganj Block, Araria, Bihar. This APHC has a doctor but no nurse since June 2018. After the health initiative saathis in Belsara filed a public petition with the Raniganj MOIC, Araria Civil Surgeon and the District Magistrate, pointing out this problem. As of today we are told that a new nurse has been posted to the APHC. This APHC caters to a population of about 70,000 people in 7 panchayats.


Update on the lynching in Araria

23 Jan

After we shared our report we have found out that there were 5 arrests of the people named by Md. Kabul’s family. We have confirmed this with the family members. Two arrests have been reported in the local media also today, 23rd January, 2019.

An investigation into the mob lynching of Mo. Kabul, in Araria

22 Jan

Dear Friends

There is a lot of violence in our society and its become so prevalent and acceptable.

On 31st December, newspapers covered the news of the lynching of Mo. Kabul a resident of Araria district, Bihar. A team of four JJSS representatives went to the site of the lynching, the local police station and the family of Mo. Kabul on 12th January to understand what transpired.

Our detailed report can be found here report_lynching of mo. kabul.

Though we do not think the lynching was communal what is disturbing other than the violence itself is the way its being condoned by portraying the victim as a person of criminal character.

We welcome your inputs

Thank you

Ashish, Deepnayary Paswan, kamayani, Vijay Kumar.

Fighting the Cold- Blanket distribution

18 Jan

कई बार एक छोटी सी मदद बड़ा लंबा रास्ता जाती है, हाल में हमारे बुआ फुपजी और एक शुभचिंतक साथी ने मिल कर लगभग 300 कम्बल जाड़े में वितरण हेतु भेजे. हर बार की तरह मन में आया की इतने कम कम्बल और इतने लोग जाड़े से ठिठुरते, फिर याद आये वह सुखद पल जब हर साल कुछ चेहरों पर आराम और मुस्कान दिखी है इन चंद कम्बलों के वितरण से. साथियों आपकी मदद के लिए धन्यवाद.

Transitioning to 2019

5 Jan

yatra 1For many days now I have been thinking of putting this on paper… Despite the cold a pad yatra was organized in three new panchayats of Purnea district (28th to 30th Dec,18), in which youth team members took the lead. NREGA worksites have opened in some places in Vaishali, Saharsa and Araria where active union members have been asking for work under the NREGA. On 3rd January birth anniversary of Savitri Bai Phule JJSS members in Vaishali and neighbouring Samstipur district got together in a meeting where they took a vow to fight patriarchy and casteism.

And on a very energizing ongoing struggle in Saharsa, 29 cylinders which were ceased by the Police four months ago after local JJSS members had raised the issue of corruption in issuing of Ujjawala scheme gas cylinders, were distributed on 2nd January, after the intervention of the SDO. Things had got to a head where about 100 locals had come together in the local Police station on the evening of 29th December and deciding to sit on Satyagrah if they were not given back their cylinders at zero charge.

We salute the spirits of all members across districts working, raising and locally addressing socio-political and economic issues, in a connected manner and all of you for making this happen.

Griveance Redressal Campaign Update

14 Dec

JJSS as part of larger campaign for transparency and accountability has been demanding enactment of a Grievance Redressal Law. NCPRI had come out with a draft Bill some eight years back. Hence, we welcomed Bihar Lok Shikayat Nivaran Act, 2015.  We wanted to see how the act is being implemented and also help people resolve their individual complaints. So we launched a campaign in four districts of Bihar (Araria, Katihar, Vaishali and Champaran) to see its effectiveness and limitations.

Over the past few months, we have used it to moderate success and are continuing to track the complaints that we have filed.

We started by doing a workshop with our Karyakartas on the potential benefits of the hearings and grievance redress provisions. This was followed by the karyakartas holding meetings in their areas, and identifying people with longstanding grievances to file them under this law. We then set up desks at the division offices of Katihar and Araria to help people file these complaints.

The law has put into place Information and Facilitation Centres (IFC), which are supposed to provide people information on their entitlements and assist them in filling out the complaint form. One progressive provision is that the citizen does not need to specify the department or the official they are complaining about, but simply state the issue. We faced some opposition from the officials in Katihar who had our desks forcibly shut down. This was sorted out finally by the personal intervention of the District Magistrate.

We have registered about 500 complaints of the two districts combined and most of these were related to people not receiving their pensions for over eighteen months. Once a complaint is filed, people get a tracking ID and are then called for hearings convened by the Public Grievance Redress Officer (PGRO) at the division level. It is not necessary for the complainant to be present at the hearing, and the PGROs have been instructed to take the side of the citizen while hearing the complaint.

Most people have gone for a couple of hearings, and genuine redress is still far. However, in the interim there have been a few cases of heartening successes.

Deep Narayan Paswan from Amgachi Gram Panchayat, Sitki Block filed a complaint related to the Kabir Anthushti Anudan Scheme. It provides a one time grant to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families to undertake funeral rituals in the case of a death of a family member. In this Gram Panchayat the Mukhiya and Panchayat Secretary had provided people only Rs. 1,500 although the entitlement is for Rs. 3,000. After filing the complaint under Lok Shikayat, in the first hearing nothing happened. However, before the second hearing, the Panchayat Secretary gave further cheques of Rs. 1,500 to two people and so the matter was successfully resolved. (link to video)

Before MGNREGA was denotified from the purview of this law, Reena Devi of Sikkat Panchayat, Katihar filed a complaint on MGNREGA, for no work being open and for the bank official mistreating people when they come for wage payments. Again in the first hearing nothing happened. They were unable to go for the second hearing but got a call from the IFC on the orders passed by the PGRO. The PRS then opened works in the Gram Panchayat. Before the second hearing itself the bank official came to the house of the complainant and apologized for his behavior and said it would never happen again. (link to video)

Usha Devi of Soriya Panchayat, Katihar facilitated the filing of a complaint for Parvati Devi who lost her son, Suraj Kumar in the floods of last year. Despite filing all the required documents with the Mukhiya they not yet received any relief. After filing a complaint under Lok Shikayat, they went for the first hearing where the Mukhiya was not present. Before the second hearing, the Mukhiya gave her the cheque with the comment “cheque lena hain ya case ladna hain”. At the next hearing the Mukhiya and Circle Officer were present as well as Parvati Devi and the matter was closed with final orders by the PGRO. (link to video)

Nityanand Singh of Laxmipur panchayat of Kursakata Block filed a complaint as he was not receiving old age pension for last one and half years. Nityanand ji is one amongst lakhs of others who have not received social security pension for last one and half years. The grievance redressal campaign was able to highlight the issue the state level. Nityanand ji is started getting his pension (though partially) after he filed a complaint during the campaign. (link to video)

We are continuing to track the rest of the complaints and will do so till their redressal, and go to appeal if necessary. We are also sharing our experiences with the State Government on policy related matters, such as brining MGNREGA back into this law. Further, we are repeated the same process in Vaishali district in March 2018.

Invitation to May Day 2018 Celebrations

21 Apr

प्रिय साथी,

 1 मई, यानी मजदूर दिवस का दिन जन जागरण शक्ति संगठन के लिए एक ख़ास दिन है | इस दिन संगठन से जुड़े नए साथियों को संगठन का एक बड़ा स्वरुप देखने को मिलता है जिससे उनकी संगठन की समझ बढती है | नए-पुराने साथियों को अलग-अलग इलाके में चल रहे संघर्षों को जानने-बूझने का मौका भी मिलता है | साथ ही अलग अलग मुद्दों पर हमारी सामूहिक समझ बनती है | हमारी एकता और बंधुत्व और मजबूत होता है |

ज्ञात हो कि 1 मई दुनिया भर के मेहनतकशों के लिए एक ख़ास दिन है और “अन्तरराष्ट्रीय मजदूर दिवस” के रूप में मनाया जाता है| मई दिवस का इतिहास दुनिया भर के मेहनतकशों के लिए काम की अवधि से जुड़ा हुआ है | आज हम बड़े सहज रूप से मान लेते हैं कि हर दिन दफ्तर में या कारखाने में 8 से 9 घंटा ही काम करना पड़ता है पर उन्नीसवीं शताब्दी में मजदूरों को सूर्योदय से सूर्यास्त तक काम करना पड़ता था | उदहारण के लिए न्यू यॉर्क के पावरोटी उद्योग के मजदूरों को 18 घंटा काम करना पड़ता था | काम की अवधि निश्चित हो और 8 घंटा प्रतिदिन हो इसके लिए बड़ी लड़ाई लड़ी गयी | इसमें जीत भी हासिल हुई | मई दिवस इस जीत और मेहनतकशों के हक़ में हुए तमाम आन्दोलनों और संघर्षों का प्रतीक है | इन संघर्षों में कई साथी शहीद भी हुए हैं |  इसलिए 1 मई को दुनिया भर के मेहनतकश जश्न मनाते हैं और शहीद साथियों को याद करते हैं|

इस दिन हम आज के अपने संघर्षों पर नजर डालते हैं और आगे बढ़ने के लिए हौसला बुलंद भी करते हैं | मशीनीकरण और “ठेका” के दौर में ऐसे रोज़गार का भयानक आभाव है जिससे गरिमापूर्ण जीवन जिया जा सके | बुढ़ापे में इन श्रमिकों के लिए कोई सहारा नहीं है | पेंशन के नाम पर केंद्र सरकार 200 रु प्रतिमाह देती है | रोजगार गारंटी कानून में मजदूरों को न्यूनतम मजदूरी तक नहीं देकर सरकार खुद ही लोगों से बेगार करवा रही है | जरुरत है कि हम अपने संघर्षों को तेज करें| न्याय की इस लड़ाई में हमें आपका साथ चाहिए |

“वे लोग जो महल बनाते हैं और झोंपडि़यों में रहते हैं, वे लोग जो सुन्दर-सुन्दर आरामदायक चीज़ें बनाते हैं, खुद पुरानी और गंदी चटाइयों पर सोते हैं। ऐसी स्थिति में क्‍या करना चाहिए? ऐसी स्थितियाँ यदि भूतकाल में रही हैं तो भविष्‍य में क्‍यों नहीं बदलाव आना चाहिए? अगर हम चाहते हैं कि देश की जनता की हालत आज से अच्‍छी हो, तो यह स्थितियाँ बदलनी होंगी। हमें परिवर्तनकारी होना होगा।” भगत सिंह के इस कथन से प्रेरणा लेकर आठ साल पहले, 1 मई , 2010 को अररिया के सुदूर ताराबाड़ी हाट पर हज़ारों मजदूर किसान और मेहनतकश लोगों ने अपने संगठन, जन जागरण शक्ति संगठन, की घोषणा की थी | तभी से हर साल हम मई दिवस के मौके पर साथ आते हैं और एक घुमंतू मजदूर मेले का आयोजन करते हैं | इस साल यह मेला मनसाही ब्लॉक, कटिहार के मैदान में मनाया जाएगा | आप तमाम लोगों से आग्रह है कि अगर संभव हो तो इस साल मजदूर दिवस अररिया, कटिहार, पूर्णिया, सहरसा और वैशाली के मजदूर किसान साथियों के साथ मनाएं |

हम आपको आपके वार्षिक सहयोग के बारे में याद दिलाना चाहते हैं | हमें फंड कि जरुरत है | कृपया कर जन जागरण शक्ति संगठन को अपने काम को जारी रखने के लिए आर्थिक सहयोग करें | ईमेल से अपना संकल्प भेजें|

सधन्यवाद !

रणजीत पासवान , आशीष रंजन , शिवनारायण , जितेन , ब्रह्मानंद , अजय, फूल कुमारी, आशा  देवी, मो. अयूब, रीना  देवी, दीपनारायण (सिकटी) , दीपनारायण पासवान, कृष्ण कुमार  सिंह

जन जागरण शक्ति संगठन (ट्रेड यूनियन क़ानून के तहत पंजीकृ: प.सं. 4119/2011)


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