Supports Anna Hazare fight against corruption, to pass Jan Lokpal Bill

iCFDR declares to support to Anna Hazare fight against corruption and to pass Jan Lokpal Bill

iCFDR declares to support to Anna Hazare fight against corruption and to pass Jan Lokpal Bill. iCFDR, chief Mentor, Ravindra Vikram Singh met Anna Hazare before the his declared protest and indefinite fast from December 10, to pass the Jan Lok Pal bill in winter session of the parliament.

We discussed the current campaign which started in 2011 and constant struggle for the movement to keep its course and how corruption has cursed our country since its independence. It was a great pleasure to discuss the issues with Anna, man who has dedicated his life for the transparency and anti-corruption movement and is inspiration for the country. We also tried to persuade Anna ji to be on infinite fast, however just focus on the fast given his health and age.

iCFDR congratulates when the bill was pass in the parliament  on 18 December and glad that Anna is finally ending his fast after 9 days.

We look forward take his work and as inspiration in our work for transparency and against corruption.

iCFDR awarded Second runner-up prize at the eNGO Challenge

We are happy to communicate that iCFDR has been awarded the 2nd runner up prize at the eNGO challenge award in the Communication and Outreach category on  December 4th & 5th, 2013 at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

They recognized, Indian Centre for Development and Rights, campaigns focusing on long term projects and awareness in the areas of education, health, empowerment, environmental protection, human rights, and right to information. They also appreciated our ‘Build a library for rural kids’, which  invited people to come forward to donate books. Initially, the campaign was focused in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Delhi.

The event was attended by our supporters Kanchan ji and Rishi ji, who also presented and received on our behalf. The Challenge seeks to recognise, salute and honour best NGO practices using ICT in any parts of the South Asian countries. The eNGO Challenge is a joint initiative of Public Interest Registry (PIR) and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).

Need for Social Work Organisations

Social work and social organisation, help government to achieve its goal of provide citizens basic development and rights over the resources and ensuring minimum necessities of life are well provided. While the basic methods of giving like food, money, clothing, health care to needy help them survive the existing struggles in their life however social organisation can also focus on bigger picture that is ensuring long term sustainability and leaks in government system are fixed.

Following are critical issues, which help us understand why good and efficient organisations are need in India:

  • The Rangarajan committee, which has retained consumption expenditure as the basis for determining poverty, has pegged the total number of poor in the country at 363 million or 29.6 per cent of the population against 269.8 million (21.9 per cent) by the Suresh Tendulkar committee, as per the presentation made by Rangarajan to planning minister Rao Inderjit Singh last week.  (Economic Times)
  • UNICEF, using 2005-2006 NFHS-3 sample survey results, has highlighted malnourishment in Indian children below the age of 5, with an estimated 7.4 million babies that were born in the sample year with low birth weights. (UNICEF)

o   The survey reported 17,656 women (39 percent), out of 45,325, were underweight at the time of delivery, 40 percent of urban children in 6-59 month category were shorter than world standards (stunted), and 33 percent were underweight than expected weight to their height per world standards (undernourished).

How did it all happan – Story of an NGO

Idea to start a social organisation which has now take shape of iCFDR, started in 2007 to work on rural development, empowerment of masses for understanding and enjoying equality, and bridging gap of rural urban divide in India.  The early idea took shape of various unorganised set under names like, People for wellbeing, bharat uday forum, Bharatiya revolutionary forum etc.

Finally in 2013 we got formally incorporated and recognised under name of Indian Centre for development and rights to work in field of education, empowerment, health and environment.

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