Ekta Foundation Trust (EFT)

Project Theme

Small Holder Agriculture & Climate Change

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 31 Mar 2016

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Introduction

Ekta Foundation Trust (EFT) is a partner of Ekta Parishad [EP]. Ekta Parishad is a federation of community based organisations, launched in 1989, working directly with over 350,000 families belonging to marginal and landless community [especially Dalit, Adivasi and excluded communities] in nearly 10000 villages in 15 States (Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Utter Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur) of India today. Both EFT and Ekta Parishad are committed to Gandhian principles of non-violence, self-reliance and responsible local self-governance. As EP is directly involved with non-violent organisation building and mobilisation around peoples’ right to land and livelihood, EFT is the resource organisation that provides the specialised back up with capacity building, documentation and advocacy at the national and international level. Over the years, EP has succeeded in first reviving and then keeping alive the agenda of pro-poor land reforms in the country, a national agenda that had become almost non-existent over four decades of independence. Over the past two years the majority constituency, the poor and marginal people have held on to the hope and promise of justice and security. Yet, ruthless land acquisition, displacement, harassment in forest areas and growing rural violence and State counter-violence continues. And even now there seems to be no sincere political will or social consciousness to right the wrongs and ‘complete the unfinished task of land reforms in the country’

 

About the Project: 

This year (2015-16) the proposed project is intended to address the existing and proposed provisions and pro-poor policy & legislations which are pre-conditions for ensuring rights, livelihood and dignity to the marginalised community. This project is based on fundamental foundations of constitutional rights of livelihood and dignity to the (deprived) people. The question of constitutional security of ‘land and livelihood’ seen as a purposeful political failure of the State. This project is taking these fundamental questions to the State through larger mobilization of deprived community and opening an interface with elected representatives. The purpose of this project is to advocate for institutionalisation of fundamental rights of ‘livelihood and dignity’ through land reforms policy, legislations and practice. The process of grassroots leaders meeting and community & civil society consultation national youth assembly are helpful for articulating the “Transformation of life after getting land”. This is the only document which is extensively used for any and every level of negotiations with the State. Second, during negotiations the model suggested is fundamentally based on ‘Joint Mechanism’ of formulation & implementation of pro-poor land & livelihood policy and practice.

Goal: Rights of excluded and marginal communities to access & control over land and livelihood resources

 

Results to be Achieved / Impact: 

This project is clearly focused for building people’s mobilization and people led organizations that create a strong base for pro-poor Land Reforms Policy and Livelihood Entitlement through state level consultation, national youth parliament and advocacy

Sustained Campaigning : The grassroots campaigning has already begun since year 2009, when a series of district level demonstration has been organised. During 2010-2014, a series of state level consultations and actions were organised for putting pressure on the State. 

Institutionalizing the People’s Voice for Land & Livelihood Rights and Entitlement : In last three years, the series of community based consultations, people’s consultation, assembly of deprived was organised in different regions and developed a draft on the ‘People’s Policy on Land & Livelihood Resources’ that will used as a ‘Draft for Negotiations’ with State. The integral process has already begun for proposing the best possible institutional mechanism which essentially representated equally by People & Institutional Representatives for ensuring the pro-people and timely delivery system favouring the marginalised community.    

 

Achievements so far:

  • In 2012 October, 100000 thousand representatives from communities that only want a fair and just share of land, water and forest resources to live in peace Jansatyagraha long-foot march from Gwalior to Delhi covering over 350 kilometres but on the 11th of October 2012 in Agra the Rural Development Minister, government of India came with a ten point agreement which was signed between the Jansatyagraha and Government of India.
  • For this historic long march programme the EFT with Oxfam support played a key role in documentation, advocacy and broad-basing CSO support from around the country at the pre, during and post stages of the Jansatyagraha 2012 foot-march.
  • Over the past two years the majority constituency, the poor and marginal people have held on to the hope and promise of justice and security. Yet, ruthless land acquisition, displacement, harassment in forest areas and growing rural violence and State counter-violence continues. And even now there seems to be no sincere political will or social consciousness to right the wrongs and ‘complete the unfinished task of land reforms in the country’.
  • Under these circumstances over 5,000 Ekta Parishad community leaders and like minded organizations representatives from across the country assembled in Tilda from the 22nd to 24th January 2015. In this National consultation for Tribal Policy formulated and  drafted a Tribal policy  And in its characteristic disciplined, non-violent but very clear terms the organisation informed the government that these people would go back to watch and if no real processes were visible, not only in formulating laws and legislations, but also their effective implementation then they would return to Delhi with a 5000 Satyagrhis for an indefinite period in February 2015 under the JAN SATYAGHRA 2 banner