Chennai 11th December, 2009 : TN-FORCES, World Vision India, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan and Neighborhood Community Networks, organized a Southern Regional People’s Mid-term appraisal, of the Government of India’s, XI Five Year Plan on 11th December, 2009 at the Jivana Jyothi, ICSA Campus, Chennai.
While admitting that there are gaps, Dr. G Kumaravelu IFS (retd), Full time Member, State Planning Commission, Tamil Nadu, in his inaugural speech said, “The Civil Society has to work in tandem with the government. And a consultation like this is very welcome to also contribute to the development of the next Five Year Plan.”
In his educative speech, Dr, Venkatesh Athreya said, “Beware of the term ‘inclusion’. It is rhetoric. Half of the children in this country are still underweight because there is not enough money allotted. Feeding every home just needs just 2% of the GDP”
The Consultation looked at the flagship programmes of the Government of India under three broad categories: Education, Health & Nutrition and Governance. The Programmes included Primary Health Care Services under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, Elementary Education, Mid Day Meals Scheme, Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and Public Distribution System (PDS).
“The XI Five Year Plan’s targets on Health, Education and gender equality are not identical to the Millennium Development Goals, but it is believed that if these targets are met, then the other MDGs are also likely to be achieved. It is a matter of deep concern,” said Dr. K. Shanmugavelayutham, Convenor, TN FORCES.
Passionately speaking on behalf of children, Dr. Jayakumar Christian, National Director, World Vision India said, “Children are not being heard. With 2.1 million children below five dying every year, it is a moral responsibility of both the Government and the Civil Society to listen to the voices of the poor and the children”.
Similar consultations are held in different regions of the country. “It is the people’s voice that is most crucial. Our campaign would connect the dots, the struggles in different part of the country and these recommendations would be presented to the Planning Commission for a mid course correction”, said Amitabh Behar, Convenor, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan.
The participants included people’s groups, Academicians and Civil Society Organizations from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.
|Southern Regional Consultation Meeting for Alternate NGOs Report for Status of Young Child was organized by National Forces and TN-FORCES, with the help of Plan International on 11th and 12th, April, 2008. Participants were mainly from all the Southern states such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Union Territories like Puduchery and Andaman & Nicobar were also represented. Experts are Dr. Sathish Kumar, UNICEF, Mrs. Swaminathan, MSSRF, Mrs.Indran Mazundar and Dr. S. Muthiah from the Centre for Women Development Studies, New Delhi were the important contributors for this Consultation.