Peace Initiative Report

Strategic Thrust – 5:  Societal Peace 1.1        Bapu Tujhe Salam Yatra: Time 17.17 pm/ January 30th, 1948, Mahatma Gandhi, the living messenger and actor of non-violence, peace, social and communal amity, self-reliance, self-sustaining development and gender and economic equality was assassinated by a religious fanatic. Even after killing his physical body the religious, social and economic fanatics…

National Report

INDIAN RIVER NETWORK: 3rd National Conference of the Indian River Network (IRN) from 16th to 18th February 2008 at Sevagram Ashram, Wardha (Maharashtra). The 3rd National Conference of the Indian River Network (IRN) on ‘River, Global Warming and Globalisation’ was held from 16th to 18th February 2008 at Sevagram Ashram, Wardha (Maharashtra). 188 delegates from 11 States across India came with water from 46 rivers to…

Tamil Nadu Report

TAMILNADU Strategic Thrust -1:  People’s Empowerment through LSGI  2.1    Water Crisis – River & People:- A one day consultation on the theme was held on 29 Nov. 2007 at Trichirappalli (Tamilnadu). 122 delegates from the State took part. “Our greed for becoming modern in every field has lead to various crises and water crisis is one among…

Kerala Report

KERALA 1.1    Implementation of Government Schemes: Orientation camps were organised in association with four People’s Development Organisations (PDOs) on various governmental welfare schemes. A booklet on Government schemes applicable to Kerala was printed during the previous reporting period and the same is being distributed among key members of organisations and functionaries of the Village Panchayats (VP).…

Maharashtra Report

MAHARASHTRA Strategic Thrust -1:  People’s Empowerment through LSGI 1.1    Implementation of Govt. Welfare Scheme: There has been constant effort to propagate and implement Govt. Welfare Scheme in PO-PDO area. The following activities have been done so far- a.)       Cleaning of drinking water wells and storage tanks with the help of primary health centre in five villages of Almala…

Orissa Report

ORISSA Strategic Thrust -1:  People’s Empowerment through LSGI 1.1    Consultation on National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. (NREGA)  Five consultations with the PRI members in Shapur Gram Panchayat (GP), Bental G.P, Khandatara G.P of Bhadrak dist & Kadua G.P of Puri dist & Maichheli G.P of Nayagarh Dist were organised from 20th to 31st Dec 07. The objectives of these…

Jharkhand Report

JHARKHAND 1.1    Propagation and implementation of govt. welfare schemes: Propagation and implementation of govt. welfare schemes is one of the ongoing activities to ensure benefit to the poor and needy. Following actions were taken in this direction- a.)        The application in prescribed performa from 211 poor families have been submitted to recognise them as Below Poverty Line…

Bihar Report

BIHAR  Strategic Thrust 2:  People’s right over Natural Resources BIHAR: River Basin of Koshi, Gandak and Ganga 2.1    Living with floods: Bihar had suffered severely due to almost 3months of floods. The 29 districts out of 34 were immersed in the water. It was a worse devastating flood in the recent history. The torrential rain and almost complete destruction of natural drainage…

Goa Report

GOA                                                                           3.1           4th Annual Convention of Gramin Mahila Manch 28th Oct. 2007 / Organiser: Gramin Mahila Manch/ Venue: Peaceful Society, Goa.   The fourth annual Gramin Mahila Manch Convention was organized on 28th Oct. 2007 in the campus of Peaceful Society. The programme began with a chorus song sung by all the representatives gathered from various States of India. The representatives…

Self Reliance

SELF-RELIANCE OF PEACEFUL SOCIETY: A STUDY By Mamta Saikia     Peaceful Society / Nov 12, 2003 1. Background: Peaceful Society is based in a village of Goa, called Kundai. (It is generally believed that) Tourism contributes significantly to the economy of Goa. It is believed that Goans face no big issues like poverty, hunger etc, but…

National Consultation

CONSULTATION ON PEACEFUL SOCIETY AND NEXT 20 YEARS 22nd and 23rd Oct. 2003 VENUE: Peaceful Society KUNDAI 403 115 GOA NATIONAL CONSULTATION A Critical Review And Moving Forward (22nd Oct. 2003 / 9.30 a.m.)     T o begin with, Shri Ulhas Arolkar welcomed the august gathering and requested Shri Damodar Prabhu Desai, one of the senior most colleagues and…

Study on Forest Management

STUDY ON FOREST MANAGEMENT BY PEOPLE IN WESTERN GHATS   PEACEFUL SOCIETY GOA               FOREWORD   The forests in Western Ghats represents the most fragile ecosystems in the world. The tropical forests all over the world and those in Western Ghats are getting destroyed at a faster rate. There…

Development

1.0      Project Title:  Capacity Building For Migrant Labour Children and the Menace of Tourism Related Child Sexual Abuse 1.1.   Period:  October 2000 – March 2001. 1.2.   Implementing Agency:  Peaceful Society. 2.0     Project Implementation: Project Goals: a)      To enable children to attain and safeguard their rights to childhood and promote their all-round development through social, educational, cultural, recreational facilities. b)     To create awareness and organise…

Environment

SALT PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION  Pernem Taluka Mith Utpadak Sangha (For Assistance to Salt – producers of Pernem) Agarwado – Pernem The father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi undertook the famous DANDI MARCH to offer Salt-Satyagraha, in 1930. During this period Goa under the Portuguese occupation was exporting Salt to rest of India and countries in Africa. After…

Dhonashi Goa Unemployed Women’s Programme

The village Dhonashi is one of the most backward villages of Bandora Panchayat in Goa District. Out of the total population of 276 of the entire village women constitute 48.55% and 41.04% women are absolutely illiterate. The rate of women unemployment is relatively higher and their percentage comes to 26.11%. This unemployed rural force belongs…

Women’s Empowerment Year 2001

Since, the year 2001 is declared as “Women’s Empowerment Year”, Peaceful Society has decided to organize several month-wise programmes in Goa to educate the women community about their democratic rights and duties and also the welfare schemes available to them. These programmes were also designed in such a way that they will seek the over-all…

Mahila Mandal

Peaceful Society has been active in the rural areas of Goa and hence it was natural that it took up issues of rural women on a priority basis. In 1999, it established the GRAMIN MAHILA MANCH ·        The first Mahila Mandal to establish under this social action was the Sai Mahila Mandal, at Madgaon on 4th April 1999.…

Unemployed Women’s Programme

Peaceful Society In Collaboration With Save The Children Fund Of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada Unemployed Women’s Programme BACKGROUND OF FINAL REPORT The Peaceful Society had started “Unemployed Women’s programme in July 1985, which was later known as Women’s Employment Programme (WEP), with the financial assistance from ‘Save the Children Fund of British Columbia, Vancouver”.  The…

Women Development

Peaceful Society is one of the voluntary organizations, established in Goa in the year 1984. It is based upon Gandhian ideology. The women development was one of the core issues upon which Peaceful Society concentrated with all seriousness. To put in a nutshell, following are the efforts taken by Peaceful Society from the time of…

Swaraj Overview

SWARAJ Forum was initiated in November 1996 by Peaceful Society and like-minded groups and individuals to work towards a Society based on Gandhian principles. The manifestation of globalisation and fundamentalisation led to emergence of such formation. FORMATION PHASE The formation phase of SWARAJ is from December 1996 to June 1997. A three-day consultation on growing fundamentalism…

Damodar Consortium

DAMODAR CONSORTIUM Damodar is one of the major rivers in the State of Jharkhand. The Damodar Valley Corporation is one of the largest and oldest thermal power stations in the country had lead to large-scale displacement of the local population affecting their livelihoods. A number of coal mining units, thermal power plants, cement and tin…

Koshi Consortium

KOSHI CONSORTIUM Save Koshi Padyatra: The Activists and people of Koshi starting 126 KM long Padayatra. The Koshi River, a tributary of the Ganga, emerges from the Central Himalayas, and after a turbulent fall from the heights of the mighty mountain ranges through Nepal, continues its turbulence before meeting the Ganga in the Terai and…

Ganga Consortium

GANGA CONSORTIUM Swaraj National Convenor Mr. Kumar Kalanand Mani deliberating his views in 4th annual convention of Ganga Consortium in Bihar. Ganga Consortium working for environmental balance and retention of natural resources in hands of the village community through the gram sabha is active in Bhagalpur and Banka Districts of Bihar on the banks of the river. Till…

Gandak Consortium

GANDAK CONSORTIUM Shramdan Gandak is one of the major rivers of North Bihar, which originates in Nepal and traverses through parts of North Bihar and Uttar Pradesh before merging into the Ganges. Another river called Budhi Gandak also flows in this region and floods about 8.21 hectares of land annually. Floods are common during monsoons…

Bihar Consortium

Bihar is the worst flood affected state in the entire country. According to a state government report, 37% of the total geographical area of the state is flood prone. North Bihar is especially vulnerable to floods with as much as 76% of the region coming under the influence of floods. This phenomenon has aggravated largely…

Gender and Womens Development

GENDER AND WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT Swaraj since its inception has strived towards equal participation and representation of women at all levels. However, it became evident that in practice this was more difficult and women did not come forward and participate as much as expected. Women face many constraints due to tradition and culture. Like most parts…

Swaraj Vision

Swaraj is a forum of like-minded institutions and people who have deep convictions in the Gandhian ideology and approach. It is a people’s organisation with an aim to empower the local communities. The culture within Swaraj is in many ways humane, equitous and non-hierarchical. As stated earlier, the structure and the vision, mission of Swaraj…

Swaraj Tamil Nadu

The society in today’s Tamil Nadu has a prestigious place in Indian History and the nation’s Freedom Struggle. Chakravarti Rajagopalachri, Kamraj Nadar, M. G. Ramachandra and “Periyar” are among many of the leaders down the history has played vital roles in Nation Building. Tamil Nadu was part of the erstwhile Madras Presidency, which during the…

Swaraj Kerala

SWARAJ – KERALA  Keram means coconut in Malaya. Kerala is, of course, the land of coconut palms. A land full of coconut palms and deep green cover has many inland waterways called the backwaters. Thus, some call it the Venice of the East. Kerala is known for the highest literacy rate in India. Besides, the male/female…