Antodaya

Project Theme

Food Justice campaign

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 31 Mar 2016

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Introduction

The proposed project is envisaged as continuation of the programme undertaken in the last year to fight out the food security issues for the poor and vulnerable groups through effective implementation of food security programmes, establishing community based monitoring systems, activating the grievance redressal systems, using RTI as an effective tool and advocating for proper implementation of the NFSA in Odisha. To fight out these issues, field-level monitoring through community based monitors/vigilance groups, fact finding visits, public hearing and social audit   have been undertaken. The organisation has also undertaken a lot of advocacy efforts at state level like state consultation with policy makers on Implementation of National Food Security Act, engaging with media to highlight malnutrition and starvation issues, bringing together like-minded Civil Society Groups, Networks under one platform to fight out food security issues and through filing cases in NHRC, OHRC, NCPCR, OSCPCR, High Court etc. 

 

This year: 

The Right to Food Campaign (Oxfam India is partnering with Antodaya which is one of the member of the RTF campaign) will adopt multi-pronged strategy  to address the issues  relating  to  food insecurity  of the poor and vulnerable Households in the project  districts.  A.   RTI Act   will be used to obtain the information     about the failure of    monitoring and grievance redressal mehanisms in different districts, status of the Anganwadi Buildings, kitchen sheds  in schools, PDS systems and functioning and pension schemes.   The information will be widely   shared among   the policy makers and mass media.     B. Fact-finding visits will be conducted  to expose implementation issues of the schemes and ineffectiveness of the monitoring  and grievance redressal bodies, lack of resources and corruption and failure of grass-root monitoring mechanisms.  C. Public hearing and social audit  will be organised  not only to sensitize  the people  about the issues  but  address the  same  with  involvement  of  different stakeholders. D.  Filing of Cases of violation of the guidelines and denial of food or  violatio of Right to food of the children   in NHRC, NCPCR, OSCPCR etc. E.  Undertaking survey and preparing  list of the  vulnerable  HHs  remaining in hunger in 10 blocks of 10 districts. The list  will be presented to  Govt. to take special steps to address the problem. F. Writ Petitions will be filed in High Court  on the issues  of situation of vulnerable  households,  lack of  own  building  of  AWC and Kitchen shed in the schools. G. Advocacy effort  like submission of   Memorandum  to appropriate  authority  and  to MLAs  to raise  these  issues in assembly, H. Campaign will be  launched  in media  and in different forum  about  increase  to implement the NFSA in the state of Odisha. 

The RTF campaign this year will be functioning in a different mode. Rather than last year's approach of employing district coordinators, this year the campaign will operate through the network partners. In 10 districts there are 10 network partners who will be functioning as the nodal bodies and they will conduct the fact finding visits, file RTI, do regular monitoring of the food schemes, generate awareness and contribute to the state advocacy processes. The blocks/GPs and the villages are assigned to each of the network partners in each district. The network partners willwork in close coordination with the state Secretariate of the RTF campaign. The network partners are as follows: Kalahandi-Antodaya; The Humanity-Bolangir; CREFTA-Mayurbhanj, MANI-Kandhamal; RRO-Keonjhar; SVDO-Puri; Udyog-Cuttack; ABNER--Sambalpur; Harmony-Malkangiri; Sanchar-Nayagarh.

 

About the Project: 

The broad objectives of the project are as follows.

a.To strengthen and streamline community monitoring mechanism for effective and transparent implementation of National food Security Act and food security programmes in selected blocks.

b.To continue dialogue on hunger, starvation, food security and agricultural issues through  drawing attention of media, policy makers, civil Society leaders etc. 

 

The broad activities under the project are:

  • Capacity Building Training Programme for Community Monitors/ Volunteers
  • Fact finding visits to figure the implementation issues of the food security schemes
  • Initiating legal procedure to file cases under OCPCR, OHRC
  • Public Hearing at the village and district levels; Social audit
  • Publications to influence policy makers 
  • Training  and exposure visit of network partners and community volunteers 
  • Sharing workshop on Findings of Fact-finding visits
  • State Consultation on NFSA
  • Media advocacy for influencing media 
  • Study on Identification of Vulnerable HHs

 

The Right to Food Campaign in Odisha has been active in keeping a vigil on the food security schemes and whether they are benefiting the marginal communities. The RTF is also active through its network base in different districts on Odisha to gather evidences on the status of implementation of the National Food Security Act. They are also in constant dialogue with the relevant government departments for the proper implementation of the food security act and also food security schemes. The RTF Odisha is also actively using the RTI as a strong tool to address issues related to the non implementation of food security schemes. The campaign has also been proactive in promoting community volunteers and trained them on monitoring food security schemes, filing complaints with relevant government departments, filing RTI and provisions of the NFSA. The campaign also has conducted fact finding visits in 6 districts and have brought out a comprehensive report and shared with government departments. A memorandum based on the findings of the fact finding report has been shared with the chief secretary of Odisha. A case has also been filed with NHRC based on this fact finding report. The campaign has also developed user friendly IEC materials related to food security schemes like PDS, ICDS, MDM. A number of cases, issues relating to hunger, malnutrition, corruption, irregularities in MDM, ICDS has been highlighted in mass media by the campaign. RTF Odisha has also organized a Civil Society Consultation on Food Security organised during March 2014 with Networks/ leading NGOs working on food security. They have highlighted on organic farming and millet promotion in food security programmes. The campaign has also taken proactive stand during the Phailin and has brought out a report on implementation of government relief services and regular food security schemes in favour of Phailin affected communities in Ganjam district.

 

Results to be Achieved: 

  • Capacity building of on-going and new community monitors/vigilance groups for monitoring the ongoing food security programmes 
  • Raising issues related to food security programmes implementation through fact-finding visits, filing cases in quasi-judicial bodies, public hearing, social audit, using RTI
  • Advocating for the proper implementation of the NFSA Act in Odisha
  • Advocating for establsihing grievance redressal systems 

 

Prior Achievements: (2014-15)

  • Trained volunteers at the community level who can now monitor food security schemes and raise issues with government departments 
  • Systematic use of RTI as a strong tool to address issues related to food security schemes
  • Fact finding visits in 6 districts of Odisha and submitting a memorandum to the Chief Secretary based on the finding of the visits
  • State consultation on food security act, gaps in programme implementation, millet and organic farming promotion 
  • Production of IEC materials on PDS,ICDS,MDM for trainings and awareness generation 
  • Strengthened the implementation of  ICDS programme in 15 GPs    
  • Created Community  vigilance groups in every districts to  monitor food security programmes