About Lok Adhikar Manch,
out of a struggle to claim their rightful entitlements from the government, the
Lok Adhikar Manch is a young evolving mass organization in Kutch. While the
Gujarat earthquake shook people in India and outside, aid flowed from different
parts of the country and the world. The government announced sundry
rehabilitation packages - including housing compensation for all those who had
lost houses in the earthquake. However, corruption and inefficiency of the
government officials led to thousands of people - particularly the poor and
those socially marginalized sections of the Kutchi society - the dalits, the
Kolis, Muslims and to some extent the Rabaris being denied their rightful
housing compensations to rebuild their houses. The economically and socially
powerful classes who also had political clout by and large were able to access
their compensation entitlements from the government.
This struggle has
thrown new young leadership - which is challenging the existing status quo in
Kutch and Gujarat
per se has not had a history of progressive struggles (apart from those in the
adivasi areas - which too now have been communalized) - in that sense, the young
Adhikar Manch that has emerged from a democratic struggle against the exploiting
system has a promise of being organized as a secular non-party mass organization
representing secular alternative politics of working class and poor people.
challenges for the Lok Adhikar Manch are many- organizing against - the communal
forces in Gujarat, by being a part of a larger democratic alliance, and
specifically in Kutch organizing against the traditional oppressive system
besides fighting for the entitlements
declared by govt. after earthquake.
of now there are two thousand members in 150 villages of four talukas namely,
Bhuj, Bhachau, Rapar and Anjar. The challenge now is to enable this new
leadership of the young Lok Adhikar Manch to respond to different socio-economic
contradictions in the context of Kutch and Gujarat.
MAIN OBJECTIVE OF LOK ADHIKAR MANCH.
To make community aware about their right and entitlements and also help them
accessing their entitlements.
To create and strengthen a vibrant and aware civil society that will raise
voices against the denial of rights of the poor and the most marginalized
To fight against communal and oppressive forces.