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Pratibimb An AID NCR Publication May - June, 2010

Pratibimb An AID NCR Publication May - June, 2010

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Bi-monthly magazine of AID India NCR chapter
Bi-monthly magazine of AID India NCR chapter

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Published by: AID INDIA DELHI CHAPTER on Jul 27, 2010
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EDITORIAL
AditiAakanksha
 
ZulaikhaVikramjeetVarunTanvi
T
ABLE OF
C
ONTENTS
 
F
OOD FORTHOUGHT
…..………………..1
 W
ILLFUL
W
ASTE
B
RINGS
W
OEFUL
W
ANT
……………..5
 C
AMPAIGN
U
PDATES
……………………...6
 AID
 
NCR-O
PERATIONAL
R
EVIEW
M
EET
……………………........7
 S
QUASHING
H
IS
W
AY
T
HROUGH
……………………..8
 
AID JEEVANSAATHI
:
 
M
R
.B
ALAJI
S
AMPATH
........9E
NVIRONMENTAL
U
PDATES
……………………..10
 B
LUE HAZE
…………………..10
 V
OLUNTEER
S
PEAK
………………..……….11
 T
REASURY
U
PDATES
………………..……11
 AID
 
NCR
 
P
ROJECT
U
PDATES
…………………12
-16M
Y
E
XPERIENCE WITH
AID…………………………...1
7AID
 
NCR
 
P
ARTNER
P
ROJECT
U
PDATES
…………………1
8-21S
USTAINING
T
HE
E
NVIRONMENT
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“I was taught that the world had a lot of problems; that I could 
struggle and change them; that intellectual and material giftsbrought the privilege and responsibility of sharing with othersless fortunate; and that service is the rent each of us pays for living, the very purpose of life and not something you do in your 
spare time or after you have reached your personal goal’s” 
-
Marian Wright Edelman
‘Volunteering’ for a cause is
a result of a transition from beingaware of an issue to feeling responsible for it. This transitionrequires strong efforts from an individual to inculcate the
aspect of ‘serving’ in to their regular lives. No matter how
much our routine lives keep us tied,
we can serve
, even if it isthrough donating an amount as less as Rs.10.The AID NCR Publication team, in its efforts to continuouslyprovide a platform for everyone to read about the endeavorsAID volunteers invest themselves in, proudly presents itsedition of 
PRATIBIMB
for the month of 
MAY
and
JUNE
. It wasthrough the collective efforts of our volunteers namely, Aditi,Aakanksha, Varun, and Vikramjeet that this edition has takenits present shape. The cover page was beautifully designed byTanvi.In this edition, Sejal Parikh, introduces to us the right to foodcampaign and gives her opinions on the same. Munmun Nath,then goes on to highlight the ills associated with food wastagein the country. Anvita Shukla describes the experience of attending her first AID operational review meet, whilst SnehaKothawade pens down the inspiring story of an individual andhis journey towards serving the society. Anvita, further, carves
out a beautiful poem describing the life of a farmer’s wife.
Kartik and Mohit, jot down their experience of volunteeringwith AID and in the end, Moon Garg addresses the challengeslikely to be faced by us in sustaining the environment.Updates from our cells-
Environmental cell
,
Treasury
, ourprojects -
Paathshala
,
Prayas
,
Pehal
and
AID Gurgaon
and ourpartner projects -
Jaagriti
,
Jamghat
,
L.E.U. foundation
,
LearningInq
and
Parichay
provide you with insights on theefforts, the AID Volunteers are making, towards making thisworld a better place to liveWe hope, as always, this edition, serves to be an inspiring andenriching read for you.Zulaikha Urooj Rahman(Publication Coordinator)In order to be a part of the publications team or to contributeto the newsletter. Please write to aid.delhi@gmail.com 
 
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F
OOD FOR THOUGHT
 
B
Y
S
EJAL
P
ARIKH
 
Arjun Sen Gupta puts it at77%, N. C. Saxenaestimates it to be 50%,while the TendulkarCommittee's figure is37.2%. They say that differences of opinion arehealthy. I am not sure whether I agree in thisparticular context!The reference data used for all the three estimateswas the same. The figures vary only because of difference in ways the mysterious poverty line isdefined by each. Of course no prices for guessingwhat the planning commission picked up! For them,the lesser the better! So, now we know that 37.2%of our citizens are officially poor.In parallel to this, UPA-II has been working on itsNational Food Security bill, which effectively strivesto increase food in-security in some ways. Foodsecurity as defined by the bill only includesdistribution patterns (even worse, giving noentitlements to APL card holders unlike the currentsituation), while disregarding the issues on theproduction side. As if it was not enough, severalplans of cash transfer or food coupons that are beingdiscussed within the future framework of the PublicDistribution System (PDS) might prove to be a gravethreat to the food security.For a long time, PDS, despite all the corruption, hasbeen ensuring two major aspects of food security insome ways. One is to provide subsidised food to thepoor, and at the same time, guaranteeing MinimumSupport Price (MSP) to the farmers while.Procurement of grains in this way, by thegovernment also works towards ensuring that thefood production in the country meets the demandsof its population. With the introduction of direct cash
A
BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE
R
IGHT TO
F
OOD
C
AMPAIGN
 
[Note: As a part of my fellowship withCHC,I volunteered full time with Right to Food campaign for a few months. This is anattempt to present my own perception of the campaign to the fellow AIDers.]
With drought at its peak during the early years of the 21st century, starvation took many innocent lives, of those whocould not find themselves food or work. Even after numerousreports of starvation deaths, Union government of India didnot declare a state of famine. High levels of food grain bufferstocks were not released to the needy, and rumours were outabout the plans of either selling it to the open market ordumping in the sea (as the government was at sea on figuringout the right usage of it)!These were those years, when People's Union of Civil Liberties(PUCL) in Rajasthan took the lead on questioning the systemwith the help of law. A PIL(Public Interest Litigation) was filedin the Supreme Court in April 2001, arguing that the right tofood follows from the fundamental "right to life" enshrined inArticle 21 of the Indian Constitution as it is impossible to livewithout food. It also demanded that massive food stocks(about 50 million tonnes of grain at that time) should beimmediately used to prevent hunger and starvation. Goingfurther in the demands for the relief work in drought affectedareas the petition asked to (a) provide immediate open-endedemployment in drought-affected villages, (b) provideunconditional support to persons unable to work, (c) raise thePDS entitlement per family, and (d) provide subsidised foodgrain to all families. The case resulted into some landmark judgements passed by the Supreme Court, in terms of regularinterim orders related to the implementation of manyschemes (such as PDS, ICDS, Mid-day meal, old age pension)under the case, after converting them as legal entitlements.This PIL was the pioneering stone for the Right to foodcampaign, which has now grown strongly as a movement. Theinitial petition focused on the drought situation prevailing atthat time, especially in Rajasthan, but later on, the case hasbeen focusing on the larger issue of starvation andmalnutrition for all the states in the country. Time and again,'interim applications' have been filed resulting in interimorders, directing central and state governments to takenecessary steps.The Supreme Court has also appointed commissioners for thepurpose of monitoring the implementation of the interimorders. At present Dr. N. C. Saxena is the commissioner andHarsh Mander is the special commissioner, both of whom nowhave been appointed as members of National Advisory Councilheaded by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The commissionersin turn appoint advisors in each state to assist their work.The National Food Security Act brought up by UPA-II has beena key item on the recent agenda of the campaign. For moreinformation, kindly visit
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