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RASTR Annual Report 2011

RASTR Annual Report 2011

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Annual Report of Rashtrotthan Sankalp (RASTR). http://www.rastr.in
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RASTR Annual Report 2011
www.rastr.in
 
Tel:
+91.9916135836, +91.9886024990 
email
:info@rastr.in
 
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Registration No.: JAY-4-00405-2007-08#285/B, 38
th
Cross, 8
th
Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore-560082
www.rastr.inTel:
+91.9916135836, +91.9886024990
email:
 
info@rastr.in
 
January 26, 2012
 
RASTR Annual Report 2011
www.rastr.in
 
Tel:
+91.9916135836, +91.9886024990 
email
:info@rastr.in
 
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Contents
Preface … … … … … … … … … … 03
Activities
Overhauling the Destitute / Beggary Relief System 03e-Governance in Urban Local Bodies 07Rejuvenation and Development of Heggeri Lake, Haveri 10New Bills: Critique and Advocacy 13
Karnatak Guarantee of Services to Citizens Bill
13
 Citizens Right to Grievance Redress Bill 14Lokpal / Anti-corruption Movement 14
Collaboration & Networking 16
Karnatak Right to Information Federation (KRTIF) 17 Bharat Uday Sammellan 18
Meets, Policy Discussions and Other Activities 20
Civic Awareness, Initiative and Leadership Programme 20Migration of People 21Other Activities 22
Finances 22Condolences & Appreciations 23Fundamentals of Rashtrotthan Sankalp
RASTR Philosophy in brief 24Rashtrotthan Sankalp Our Medium 25Our Mission 25Glimpses of Our Outlook, Vision & Strategy 25
Contribute to RASTR 30People… 31
 
RASTR Annual Report 2011
www.rastr.in
 
Tel:
+91.9916135836, +91.9886024990 
email
:info@rastr.in
 
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The year 2011 has been a year of intense activity for RASTR. We carried forward ourintervention in Beggary / Destitute Relief System and Social Security; opened new vistassuch as e-governance in Urban Local Administration, protecting the interests of farmers,enabling food security and protecting the environment; forged fronts for united action likethe KRTIF; joined hands with like-minded citizens for deploying a strong system to tacklecorruption, through the Lokpal Act; continued educating citizens about their rights and dutiesthrough various awareness programmes on RTI, Civic Affairs, etc.; and participated in thelaw making process by providing critique to several important bills like the GrievanceRedress Bill, 2011 of GoI & Karnatak Guarantee of Services to Citizens Bill, 2011.This report presents a concise account of the prominent activities of RASTR during 2011;other important matters of the Trust; and provides a glimpse of the programmes andactivities we plan to take up in the near future. We have also tried to present a shortintroduction to RASTR through glimpses of our Fundamentals, Vision and Outlook forreaders' information.
Overhauling the Destitute / Beggary Relief System
In 2011, we stepped up our efforts to overhaul and to bring systematic changes in theDestitute / Beggary Relief system. Earlier in July 2010, after 3 years of comprehensivestudy, RASTR had published the report of the Audit of Beggary Relief System, which may beaccessed athttp://www.scribd.com/doc/79078032/A-Public-Audit-of-Beggary-Relief-System.The
Audit concluded that the Beggary Relief System and the implementation of the
Karnatak Prohibition of Beggary Act, 1975 
have failed completely.
Based on the Auditfindings several important recommendations to implement the
Karnatak Prohibition of Beggary Act, 1975 
in its letter and spirit were made to the Government several times. Copyof the representation made in Jan. 2011 may be accessed herehttp://www.scribd.com/doc/79079705/Recommendations-to-Govt-on-Overhauling-Beggary-Destitute-Releif-System.Further, RASTR had recommended to devise a Social Security Net (SSN) for all Citizensthrough a comprehensive
Social Security Act (SSA)
with following important components / coverage / provisions:
to establish a permanent support mechanism to cater to destitution, unsupportedsenior citizens, orphanhood, disability, illness, calamities, etc.
to ensure minimum food, healthcare, shelter, educational, employment and insuranceopportunities (insurance against calamities, injuries, loss of life / employment / shelter,etc.) to all citizens
create a Social Security Authority to supersede the CRC
de-criminalise beggary; to have relief centers to house destitute temporarily; only able-bodied repeat offenders to be subjected to punishmentOur persistent efforts to move the Social Welfare Department and the CRC did not yieldresults. Rubbing salt into the wound, the Government of Karnatak transferred 123.3 acres ofland meant for Destitution Relief in Bengalooru to the Bengalooru DevelopmentAuthority (BDA) in June 2010. BDA called for tenders to build Commercial complex, StarHotel and luxury apartments in the said land

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Shreyas Jothish added this note|
Great coverage.... Do include plan for 2012 also which can be reviewed next year. Try to include Kannada and Hindi version [if possible].
kksharma1 added this note|
Great coverage and very professional presentation. Transparency at its best. Good luck for all future endeavours. ....Kamal

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