A Brief Note on Programs of Telangana Resource Centre, CWS
TRC is the resource centre of CWS in Telangana. The complete Telangana Resource Centre was formed in the year 2010. Telangana Resource Centre works in 17 districts of Telangana through it’s one to one partners, fellows and networks. TRC has around 37 one to one partners, three fellows and 10 networks through our various programs.
CWS/TRC works with three broad themes, Human Dignity, Sustainable Livelihoods and People Centered Governance.
- Under Human Dignity theme we have four key programs like Gender, Dalit, Adivasi and Minority
- Under Sustainable Livelihoods we have programs like NRM, social regulations in ground water management
- Under People Centered Governance we have programs for strengthening PRI at GP level
Under Human Dignity theme we have ASW and AEI supported one to one partners in gender, dalit, adivasi and minority programs. We also initiated and in the process of strengthening networks in these four programs so that the issues will be precisely highlighted and can see more impact at wider level. The basic agenda of all the networks is doing lobby and advocacy on selected themes at district and state level. We also have fellows in these programs who do good work in the field and report to CWS on quarterly basis.
Theme - Human Dignity
Program Description: Gender is one of the core values of the all CWS programs. Through Gender program there has been efforts to initiate and strengthen women’s networks across all five states where CWS is working, focusing various state specific issues. We are also promoting and strengthening women headed NGOs who are focusing various women’s issues and contributing their efforts as part of larger (national) level women’s movement in bringing up equality to women and to bring down the gender disparity in society at large. Similarly we are focusing on various state specific and national women’s issues as part of larger advocacy strategy.
- To strengthen the capacities and build perspectives of partners so as to enable the partners to address gender concerns in a more informed and focused way through skills and knowledge based workshops
- To initiate advocacy and lobbying on specific issues related to women, campaigning on such issues to sensitize all sections of the society, and influencing policies to guarantee women’s rights
- Advocacy and Lobby with the respective state govt. for effective implementation of DV Act, ITPA Act
- Legal aid and counselling for women who are in distress
- Organizing single women for their empowerment
- Organizing rural and urban communities for demanding for safe water, sanitation and hygiene especially menstrual hygiene.
Significant Achievements Last Year
- A circular was issued for increasing in the list of Service Providers in the state and also a new GO is issued to allocate one day in a week in district courts to allocate for DV cases.
- About 660 women got counselled and got legal aid who are in distress
- About 1500 single women got awareness on women’s rights
- Created about 250 active young girls and women who would articulate menstrual hygiene and in the process of development of VWSPs in six of the selected Panchayats.
Dalit Program: Empowerment of Dalit communities and building civil society articulation from Dalit perspective is one focuses of CWS initiatives. Empowering Dalit communities through grassroots partners and demanding their rightful claim for social space and entitlements are thrust areas of the programme. In the changing social, economic and political contexts, these initiatives, though small have a bearing on the articulation of Dalits for their struggle for progress.
- Promotion of Dalit leadership with specific concern for women, land and livelihoods
- Promotion and strengthening of grassroots Dalit NGOs and networks
Key Activities: Mobilizing, organizing and building capacity of Dali community on for their empowerment on issues of violence against Dalits, NREGAS, un- touchability, child labour and education of Dalit and Tribal children, awareness on SCP in the community, sensitization on tanneries, advocacy with line dept like CRD for favorable GOs and circulars in effective implementation of NREGAS.
Significant Achievements of last year
- A land struggle under 1/70 Act. 25 thandas were sensitized about their land rights. A Horticulture scheme was implemented in 14 thandas with an approximate support of Rs. 4 crores by state government of AP
- Got three special GOs in implementation of NREGAS in A.P, GO MS No 80, G.O No 245, and GO No. 240 – formation and strengthening of Srama Shakthi Sanghas at village level.
Program Description: As part of continuous efforts to empower Adivasis and make them to articulate their own demands at different platforms, CWS took few steps forward in attempting to reach the objectives which set it to achieve.
Objectives: Promotion of Tribal Identities
- Articulation of Tribal rights against displacement and for assured livelihoods
- Support, demonstrate and document viable livelihood models and best practices contributing to sustainable tribal development
- Facilitate and mainstream tribal and environment friendly Policies and Practices and carryout advocacy and lobby.
Key Activities: Mobilizing andOrganizing Adivasi community on their issues especially on displacement issue, forest rights acts, proper implementation of policies, NREGAs, social security benefits to Adivasis.
Significant Achievements Last Year
- Out network members are part of A.P Govt. APANA for implementation of NREGAs in the state
- Got FRA rights for community and individual claims under Polavaram project area for 245 members in four villages
- Adivasi women have increased their participation in gram sabha meetings and have started demanding land entitlements rights under FRA and also demanding for the compensation in case of no job against the unemployment under NREGA.
- A state level civil society platform created to interface with the Govt for advocacy on displacement and Resettlement & Rehabilitation Policy.
Program Description: The Minorities Programme of CWS focuses on the rights, development and integration of minorities. The aim of the programme is to prevent a sense of alienation among minorities and ensure their equal status by providing full scope for their identities, particularly of women and other marginalised sections among them. The programme aims to enable the minorities to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedom without any kind of discomfort.
- To prevent a sense of alienation among minorities and ensure their equal status by providing full scope for their identities, particularly of women and other marginalized sections among them
- To enable the minorities to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedom without any kind of discomfort to secure their livelihoods
Key Activities: Empowering Muslim community women through mobilizing organizing on issues like women’s rights, issues of education, child labour and rights of beedi workers and family violence
Significant Achievements: 10,000 Muslim women are organized and got awareness on women’s rights. 1500 children were from child labour and got back to schools and about 300 women got relief from domestic violence.
Theme - Sustainable Livelihoods
Drought Management Preparedness through Social Regulations in Water Management at Community Level
The SR program was initiated during the year 2003 in four villages through local level organizations. Later it was extended to eight villages through which eight partner organizations across five districts of Andhra Pradesh.
Back ground to the Program: Droughts have become recurrent features in semi-arid parts of the state. Further groundwater has become lifeline and vital livelihood source in these regions. Recent literature says that groundwater has overtaken all surface water irrigation potential and famers are relentlessly trying to exploit the precious source.
Objectives of the Program: Due to over exploitation after the invasion of rural electrification and drilling technology, the precious resource started declining and crisis is looming large in drought prone semi-arid regions of the state. In the state of Telangana, groundwater is an important source of irrigation and other uses. Depletion of groundwater is occurring in larger parts of the state.
The project envisages evolving models to equip community with drought mitigation preparedness strategies through water management and regulations at community level and to support CBOs and PRIs in prioritizing the water needs of community for drinking, irrigation and other uses based on the principles of equity. Next year this project is restricted to only four partners.
Theme - People Centered Governance
Empowering Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) for Sustainable Development and Social Justice
Participation in governance and development of people, especially women, dalits, adivasis and minorities is the core of CWS governance programs. That the marginalized participate in decision making, the elected representatives are empowered to fulfill their roles, the Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) function as institutions of local governance rather than as implementing agencies of government schemes, and the powers, finance and functionaries are devolved to the Panchayat Raj Institutions to govern and promote sustainable development are the concerns taken up by CWS through its governance program.
Four partner NGOs in four districts took up this task in twenty Gram Panchayats spanning four Mandals.
- Strengthening PRIs through capacity building of ERs to address community issues and achieve sustainable development and social justice.
- Strengthening the planning process by integrating the Mandal, district and Panchayat level interventions.
- Policy and advocacy for devolution of powers, funds and functionaries, framing of PESA rules
- Develop village level database and land rights and livelihood rights of the tribal communities etc through Panchayats.