2016-2017

Annual Report – 2017

Elections in 2014 brought BJP-Shiv Sena combine to power after a gap of 15 years in Maharashtra. It was not a symbolic change where anti incumbency was at play rather it turned out to be a complete turnaround in the policies and philosophical project with which governments function or at least what organisations like us were accustomed to deal with. Continuing with their central belief systems the government started a general suppression of dissent. Any questioning of either the police or the bureaucratic apparatus forget morchas or dharnas have brought immediate and swift repression.  At this moment the bureaucracy and the police have been given complete autonomy to deal with Unions and Voluntary Organisations. Police have used their craftiness to lodge FIRs and intimidate social activists. This change in scenario has impacted Shramik Elgar considerably. 

The day to day work of Shramik Elgar involves raising uncomfortable issues at the village and block level. It invariably involves dealing with the police and revenue authorities. And at no point in our working (in the last 17 years) we have been branded as anti-social elements. The impression that is being sent through media is that the activists and volunteers of Shramik Elgar disturb law and order. 

We have accepted this as a challenge. The members, full time activists and volunteers are more than committed to take up this onslaught. In our quarterly Central Committee meeting (attended by 80 representatives from 15 blocks) last month there was consensus about increasing the pressure on the government regarding key issues of Shramik Elgar.

This report is broadly divided into following segments.

BLOCK WISE REPORTING

COURT CASES

  • CHANDRAPUR AND BALLARSHAH CITY
  • MAHATMA GANDHI JAYANTI
  • RURAL HOUSING
  • GAS CONNECTION FROM FOREST DEPARTMENT
  • FAMILY COUNSELLING CENTRE
  • IMPLEMENTATION OF STREET VENDOR ACT, 2014
  • AGITATION OF TAXI DRIVERS
  • FARMER’S CONVENTION FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF SWAMINATHAN COMMISSION
  • FAMILY COUNSELLING CENTRE
  • ACID ATTACK
  • JAN SUWAI and KRANTIKANYA PURASKAR
  • STUDY TOUR OF BIHAR
  • IMPLEMENTATION OF LIQUOR BAN
  • VILLAGE LEVEL LIQUOR BAN

BLOCK: JIVTI

Village: Gudshela

  1. Tribal families were helped to apply to the Tribal Development Department to access saplings such as jackfruit, mango, guave. Three families were given saplings worth Rs.20,000/- each.
  2. Organisation helped Ravi Manik Madavi to apply for housing at Tribal Development Department.
  3. Laxmibai Manikrao Madavi was helped to apply for social security and she is receiving the amount from the government.

Village: Shedwahi

  1. 6 tribal families had applied for bullock carts and pipes with the Panchayat Samity but none of them had received the benefit. The organisation helped them to follow up with the officials and all of them received the materials.
  2. 92 tribals families have not received forest land pattas. The organisation is following up with the Tehsildar in this matter.

Village: Nandappa

  1. Non-tribals entered the agricultural fields of Ghagru Kesu Madavi and built houses thereon. They destroyed his field boundaries. The organisation helped him to file application with the Talathi.
  2. The organisation had restored the land to a Kolam tribal namely Deorao Atram but he later gave the land for cultivation to some non-tribals. The non-tribals not only took the land but also started to encroach upon the adjoining tribal lands. They constructed a boundary to obstruct the road of the tribals. The organisation facilitated a village meeting in which Deorao Atram and his family were requested not to give land to non-tribals, either to cultivate it themselves or to give it to another tribal family. Accordingly Deorao Atram removed the obstruction to the road although refused to take the land from non-tribals.
  3. Non-tribals filed petition in High Court against Ghagru Kesu Madavi. The organisation has helped Ghagru to file his reply in the High Court in this matter.
  4. Non-tribal Ramkisan Yadav procured a court order and tried to take the land of Jairam Korvate in his possession. The activists of the organisation and village volunteers stopped the dispossession and the police initiated preventive action against the tribals and the activists. The matter is pending in court.
  5. The organisation is helping 36 tribal families from this village to access 7/12 extracts and forest land pattas.
  6. The organisaiton helped Rekhabai Kulmethe access social security amount of Rs.20,000 under Family Arthasahay Scheme.

Village: Kakban

  1. 7 tribals who were given forest land pattas were asked by the administration to return the pattas because of some disputes regarding the boundary of villages Nokari and Aksapur. Earlier the tribals and administration were under the impression that the tribals were in possession of land in the Nokari area and since Kakban falls under the same Group Gram Panchayat as Nokari they were given pattas. But it came to the fore that the possessed land falls in Aksapur area and since Aksapur is a separate Gram Panchayat the resolution of that Gram Sabha is now required. Thus, the matter is pending and the organisation is following up with the administration.
  2. Similarly, 52 tribals were given pattas but not 7/12 extracts. The organisation is helping them to follow up with the administration.
  3. 5 tribal Kolam families did not have ration cards. The organisation helped them to get ration cards.
  4. The organisation helped 17 bamboo workers to file for bamboo cards with the forest department.

Village: Narpathar

  1. Tribals namely Shivram Kohchade, Marubai Jangu Kohchade were given forest land pattas but not 7/12 extracts. The organisation is following up with the administration.
  2. 18 tribals were helped to access social security under various government schemes.

Village: Gadpandharwani

  1. There were no response from the administration regarding the applications for forest land pattas of 7 tribal families. The organisation has helped them to apply to the district collector for reply.
  2. The applications of three tribals namely Maru Madavi, Deorao Parchake and Maroti Kannake were rejected by the SDO level committee. The organisation filed appeal before the District Collector and the process for granting of pattas was initiated.

Village: Sorekasa

  1. 34 tribal families had applied for forest land pattas but their applications were rejected on the grounds of certain documents from the forest department. It was pointed out by the organisation that forest department documents are not mandatory given that the tribals had presented other evidences to support their claims. Thereafter the claims were forwarded to the SDO level committee.

Village: Yermiyesapur

  1. 21 tribal families were given pattas but not 7/12 extracts. The organisation is helping them to access the same.

PESA Implementation

Jivti Block is included in the PESA schedule and therefore the organisation brought together community leaders from Nandappa, Belgaon, Bhoksapur, Anandguda, Titvi, and Khadki Hirapur in a training programme to discuss the implications of PESA.

BLOCK: RAJURA

Village: Sonapur

  1. 7 tribal farmers had applied for bullock carts since last one year but the Agriculture Office had not delivered the same. The organisation helped them to get bullock carts worth Rs.55,000/- each.

Village: Dewada

  1. The organisation helped 17 tribals to file claims for forest land pattas.

Village: Nokari

  1. 35 tribals who have filed forest land pattas have not received the same. The organisation is helping them to follow up with the administration.
  2. One tribal namely Kishtu Bhima Korange who has got patta was not given 7/12 extract. The organisation has helped him file for the same.

Village: Berdi

  1. Tribal women namely (1) Jankubai Maru Meshram, (2) Tarabai Shankar Mohurle (3) Bhivrabai Ade (4) Savitrabai Kannake and (5) Mayabai Shankar Arke were helped to get ration cards.Kamalbai Kinnake was helped to get ration card under Antodaya scheme.
  2. Mayabai Shankar Meshram was helped to access social security.

Village: Bamanwada

  1. Archana Kodape, a tribal woman was helped to procure disability certificate which in turn helps her to apply for government schemes.
  2. Kiran Ravindra Kodape was helped to apply for sewing machine with tribal development department.
  3. 13 tribal families were helped to apply for ration cards.

Village: Chunala

  1. 15 families were helped to procure ration cards.

Village: Sondo

  1. Two women who were entitled to Rs.900 per month as social security were receiving Rs.600 each. The organisation helped them to get Rs.900 and the arrears.

Village Manoli

  1. A tribal woman Sumanbai Maraskolhe was helped to get Rs.20,000 under Family Benefit Scheme.

TALUKA: KORPANA

Village: Piparda

  1. 2.22 ha belonging to tribal Samba Kulmethe was in the possession of non-tribal since last thirty years. The organisation helped the tribal to file case with Sub-Divisional Officer and the land was restored to him after hearing. The non-tribal filed court case at District Court, and the organisation had to help the tribal to access his caste certificate and also find legal representation in the court. 

Village: Kodshi

  1.  One non-tribal tried to convert half of tribal Dhondu Gedam’s agricultural land in his own name. The non-tribal tried to influence the lower officials of revenue department. When the organisation came to know this, the approached the High Court, Nagpur through Adv. Ravi Sanyal and brought a stay order thereby protecting the land and keeping it in the possession of the tribal.

TALUKA: SAOLI

Village: Asola Chak

  1. The organisation helped the family of deceased Bhagwan Surpam to access social security of Rs.20,000 through the Kutumb Arthasahay Yojana.

Village: Pathri

  1. The organisation helped Vidya Katlam access Rs.20,000 under the Kutumb Arthasahay Yojana.
  2. 13 persons were helped to access social security under Shravan Bal and Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Schemes.
  3. Four families were helped to get ration cards.
  4. The organisation helped three students to procure caste certificates.

Village: Kasargaon

  1. Puja Madavi was helped to procure ration card.
  2. Shankar Shidam was helped to get housing under government’s rural housing scheme.
  3. 8 families were helped to get bamboo cards from the forest department.
  4. One Paikaji Damaji Bhoyar was helped to get social security.

Village: Saimara

  1. Dadaji Vithoba Gedam was helped to get access to Shravan Bal Yojana (social security scheme for BPL persons above 65 years.)

Village: Londholi

  1. 6 persons were helped to access social security under Shravan Bal Yojana.

Village: Usegaon

  1. Shalubai Abhare did not have ration card and was helped to procure the same.

Village: Palebarsa

  1. Land belonging to tribal Vinayak Jumnake was grabbed by one non-tribal called Shende who had constructed a school thereon even though on record the land continued to be entered as ‘agricultural land’. The organisation followed up with the administration and the land was restored to the tribal.

Village: Kargaon

  1. 21 landless families had encroached on revenue land since 20 -25 years. The organisation helped them to apply for pattas. The Tehsildar imposed a fine on them. The application is pending for final disposal.

Village: Pendhrimakta

  1. Pramod Rushi Meshram was helped regarding land partition with the Taluka Inspector of Land Records.
  2.  A farmer namely Rahul Bhandari wanted to develop his agricultural land but the Tehsildar and Agriculture Officer did not give him the required No Objection Certificate to cut trees. The organisation helped him to procure the certificate.

Village: Kawthi

  1. The organisation helped villagers to file complaint against Ration Shop Owner Kashinath Bhondu Sherki and kerosene dealers Pramod GArpalliwar and Ramesh Jendiwar. 

Village: Usegaon

  1. The organisation complained against the ration shop owner who was selling at higher than the government price.

Village : Antargaon

  1. The organisation villagers to expose the corruption in appointment of mid-day meal cooks in Z.P School and Navbharat Vidyalaya. Women fasted for five days outside the Zilla Parishad office till the CEO of Zilla Parishad conducted hearings and gave order to make appointments through the Gram Sabha.
  2. 85 labourers were helped to procure work under MGNREGA after agitating at the BDO office.
  3. The cattle of a tribal farmer Tukaram Madavi was killed by tiger and the forest department was not giving compensation. The organisation helped him to get compensation of Rs.10,000 from the department.

Village: Saoli

  1. Women caught the illicit liquor (60 bottles) of a bootlegger and handed over to the police. 

Village: Chargaon

  1. 8 youths from the village went to Telangana for work but they were not allowed to return even after two months. The organisation helped the youths to return home.

TALUKA: MUL

Village: Bembal

  1. Some local politicians tried to build a road through the homestead land of Vasudev Narayan Shende and family. The activists of the organisation tried to reason with the politicians that they should construct the road after measuring the land or at least in the day time. The henchmen assaulted women activists and the family. The activist filed a FIR against the politician under Atrocities Act and later a false case was registered against the activists and family members. The organisation brought the matter before High Court for quashing of FIR. The High Court stayed the investigation in the matter.
  2. 9 women were helped to access social security under various government schemes.

Village: Chichala

  1. Lahanubai Vasudev Gurnule was helped to access social security.
  2. Labourers from Chichala had gone to village Regdi in Gadchiroli district for collection of Tendu leaves. They were not paid bonus for two years. The organisation helped them to represent their case before the forest department officials and Rs.1,90,000 was paid to them.
  3. 16 labourers of Chichala had worked for the agricultural department and they were not paid. The organisation helped them to get Rs.50000 in wages.
  4. Three labourers from Chichala had worked to dig a well at village Belghata and were not paid by the owner. The organisation helped them to get Rs.20,000 in wages.

Village: Bhejgaon

  1. Chhayabai Tellawar was helped to get social security under government’s Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar scheme.
  2. 400 labourers worked at the site of tank desilting work under MGNREGA. The labourers were paid Rs.500 (average) per week. The organisation represented the case before the Block Development Officer and the work was re-measured after which the wages increased to Rs.1200 per week (average). A total of Rs.4,36,773 was paid in increased wages.

Village: Pipri Dixit

  1. 8 women were helped to access social security under government’s social security schemes.

Village: Junasurla

  1. Three families were helped to get ration cards.

Village: Kantapeth

  1. The old age pension of Mainabai Sakharam Sonule was stopped since January 2016. The organisation brought this to the notice of the Tehsildar and the pension was restarted.

Village: Yejgaon

  1. Three families were helped to get ration cards.
  2. Ward No.2 (Gokul Nagar) of the village did not have drinking water since last 16 years when around 40 families settled there. The organisation helped the women of the village to represent their grievance before the Block Development Officer after which the work of pipeline was started such that individual taps shall be given to each household. A handpump was also installed in the village.

Village: Sintala

  1. Four hand pumps in the village were not working. With the help of the village committee the hand pumps were repaired. 

Village: Chak Bembal

  1. One Prakash Tulshiram Burande deposited Rs.10,000 from Bank of India. The bank officials deposited the entire amount as repayment of loan taken by his father without informing either of them. The organisation helped Prakash to recover the amount.

Village: Sushi

  1. 15 labourers of Sushi had worked to build road in Ballarshah and were not paid by the contractor. The organisation helped them to get Rs.16,000 from the contractor.

Village : Dongargaon

  1. 20 people had worked on MGNREGA but were not paid. The matter was represented before Deputy Collector, MREGS and Rs.40000 was paid.
  2. There was a land partition matter between two brothers Namdev Sonule and Vasudev Sonule. The former being the older was not willing to give the younger brother any land. The organisation represented the case before the Tantamukti Samity and the partition was conducted by the committee.

Village : Chikhli

  1. Men were employed by the forest department in their nursery under MGNREGA. Women were agitated because traditionally this work is always given to women. They represented their case successfully and the men were replaced by 5 women.
  2. 6 labourers from the village had worked in Pune for a contractor namely Biren Haldar and they were not paid. The organisation helped them to get Rs.65000 in wages.

Village : Chitegaon

  1. Women were helped to apply to gram panchayat for drinking water and electricity poles.

TALUKA : NAGBHID

Village: Kojbi (Mal)

  1. 400 labourers worked in MGNREGA and were paid a mere Rs.40 per day. The organisation helped them to represent their case before Deputy Collector, MREGS and the work was reassessed after which the proper wages were paid.
  2. 21 tribal labourers migrated to Katol (District: Nagpur) to work on brick kilns. They worked for three months during which time they were paid Rs.80 – Rs.90 per day. The owner did not allow the labourers to return home. When the organisation came to know of this, activists went with the family members of the labourers to Nagpur and contacted the police, district collector and labour office there. The next day the officials conducted a raid and the bonded labourers were released. The owner had taken away all the utensils and clothes belonging to the labourers. These materials too were retrieved and handed over the labourers. FIR was registered under the Bonded Labour Act by the officials.

 

Village: Kirmiti

  1. 300 labourers had worked under MGNREGA but were not paid on time. The organisation helped them to get wages.
  2. 60 labourers worked with contractor to construct railway power house but were not paid. The organisation helped them to file claims with Labour Commissioner and later the contractor filed an appeal for dismissal with the Nagpur Labour Commissioner which was dismissed. The matter was reopened at Chandrapur Labour Commissioner and after hearings of one year Rs.3 lakhs was paid by the contractor.

Village: Akapur

  1. 13 farmers were cultivating forest land since past several years. The forest department obstructed them from cultivation. The matter was brought before the Chief Conservator of Forest, Chandrapur and the farmers are still cultivating the fields.

Village Adegaon

  1. The women of Self Help Group were given Rs.10,000 loan by bank but the bank manager gave them Rs. 8000 each without informing the women. The bank continued to recover interest amounts over Rs.10,000. A year later the women came to know and the organisation  helped the women to recover the interest amounts.

Village: Palasgaon 

  1. Vandana Kokode had worked on MGNREGA and was not paid. She was helped to get the wages amounting to Rs.18,000.
  2. Arjundas Alamwar was helped to get social security under government scheme.

Village: Govindpur

  1. The irrigation department had increased the height waste weir of the village tank leading to increase in the submergence area. The agricultural fields of more than 50 farmers were submerged.  The organisation represented the case before the irrigation department and later district collector. The collector ordered the reduction of the height of the waste weir by 1 metre under police protection. The fields of the farmers were thus saved.
  2. The social security in villages Govindpur, Kirmiti and other villages  were pending over several months. The organisation helped the people to agitate their demands before thenTehsildar. As a result 62 people were able to get access to social security under governemtn schemes.

Village: Yenoli

  1. The land of tribal Waman Maraskolhe was grabbed to Pushapalata Pardhi even though the land titles and other documents remained in the name of the tribal. The land was taken away nearly 40 years ago. The organisation represented this case before the Tehsildar and after hearing for one year the land was restored to the tribal.

TALUKA: Sindewahi

Village: Ratnapur

  1. Sudhakar Dadmal’s 1 acre was encroached upon by forest department for construction of nursery. The organisation helped him to retrieve this land.

Village Antargaon

  1. A woman Tarabai Nannaware was dispossessed from land by their own relatives. The organisation helped her to file FIR and also get access to her land.

Village: Kalamgaon

  1. 6 persons got access to social security schemes.

Village: Tulanmendha

  1. 7 families were helped to ration card through Tehsil office.

BLOCK: Brahmapuri

Village: Dhumankheda

  1. 12 persons were helped to file claims and get access to pensions under social security schemes.

Village: Patel Nagar

  1. 5 persons were helped to get pensions under social security schemes.

Village: Bodra

  1. 60 laborers had worked in forest department to cut timber but were not paid not even after 3 months. The organisation helped them to get Rs.5 lakhs in wages.

Village: Bhoganbodi

  1. 5 laborers had worked in a company in Pune but were not paid. The organisation helped them to get Rs. 15,000.

 COURT CASES

  1. Tribal Dhondu Hanument Gedam r/o village Kodshi, taluka: Korpana was being dispossessed by non-tribals. The organisaiton helped him to approach the High Court in a petition to retain possession of the land.
  2. Tribal Jairam Korwate, r/o Nanadappa, block Jivti was helped to find representation in District Court, Chandrapur to ensure possession over land.
  3. Tribal Kondu Ganpati Kumre, r/o Shedwahi, Taluka Jivti was helped to represent his case in district court to remain in possession of his land.
  4. Ghagru Kesu Madavi, r/o Nandappa was helped to represent his case in High Court, Nagpur to retain possession of his land.
  5. Savita Bawne, a widow was harassed by vehicle company from where her husband had bought a two-wheeler on loan. Even after she repaid the loan the company was not giving the vehicle. The organisation helped her to get the vehicle through court case.’
  6. Maru Jangu Atram, village Ambezari, taluka Jivti was helped to represent his case in district court in order to keep possession of his land.

CHANDRAPUR CITY

  1. 87 tribal bamboo workers of Babupeth ward, Chandrapur city were helped to procure bamboo cards from forest department. Bamboo workers of Mahakali ward were helped to file for bamboo cards.
  2. A survey was conducted in various slum wards of the city and it was found that: in Sanjay Nagar Ward people do not have access to kerosene and PDS food grains. They also do not have BPL cards. In Lalpeth colliery ward women don’t have PDS food grains and housing. In Rayatwari ward women do not have access to social security. In Dadmal ward people do not have housing, and ration. In Padoli families do not have ration cards, kerosene, access to social security or toilets. 
  3. Women were helped to make applications to Tehsildar office regarding access to social security. One woman who went to live in another ward was deprived of social security. She was helped to get re-access to the social security.
  4. Ranjana Walke of Nehru Nagar ward was attacked by a man and disrobed. The organisation helped her to file FIR with Ramnagar police station.

FAMILY COUNSELLING CENTRE

  1. Supriya Kamble was harassed by her in-laws after the death of her husband. The organisation helped her to get her utensils, furniture, jewelry etc. and also get access to important documents such as caste certificate and birth certificate of her daughter.
  2. Meena Sahule was assaulted by her husband. The organisation helped her to file complaint with police. However, after procuring bail he harassed her. The organisation is following up on the case.
  3. Sujata Yogesh Mor was threatened by her husband but the organisation helped the couple to remove their differences.
  4. Aruna Gajbhiye was tortured by her husband. She approached the organisation for help to get divorce. The organisation helped the couple to get divorce by mutual consent.  
  5. Darshana Atram’s husband hid the fact that he was suffering from sexual disorders and she approached the organisation for help to divorce. The organisation helped them to get divorce by mutual consent.
  6. Anjali Puthawar was harassed by her husband, who sold all the things in their house. The organisation helped her to procure divorce.
  7. Deepa Kumre was always threatened by her husband with a knife. She was desperate for a divorce. The organisation helped her to file for divorce.
  8. Madhuri Mogre was tortured by her husband. Her husband shaved her head and locked her up. She later approached the organisation. FIR was registered against the husband. She was helped to get access to her property and also get divorce.
  9. Kajal Dudhe was tortured by her husband. The organisation helped her get the house property in her name and also get divorce.
  10.  Nilima Deotale and her husband were separated because of some misunderstandings. Through repeated counseling the couple was helped to resolve differences and live together.
  11. Kavita Neware was beaten by her husband and thrown out of the house. The organisation sent notice to the husband. After several counseling sessions the couple decided to live together.
  12. Diksha Ghutke was severely tortured by her husband who also made videos of her without informing her. The organisation helped her to go to court for divorce and property.
  13. Nalini Chimmalwar’s husband was absconding for several years after marriage. The organisaiton helped her to procure ex-parte divorce.
  14. Poonam Chillirwar and her husband were helped to get divorce by mutual consent.
  15. Sushila Rahulgade’s husband married a second time without informing her. She sought the organisation’s help to live separately and get access to her share of the property.
  16. Vandana Urade was tortured by her husband as he suspected of having extra-marital affairs. The organisation helped them to understand each other and resolve their differences.
  17. Chandrakala Prasad’s husband used to beat her up. The organisation called the husband and explained that they would take action if he did  not stop. After regular follow up he stopped the beating.
  18. Payal Shastrakar used to be beaten by her husband. The organisaiton explained to her husband and although there are still quarrels the beating has gone down.
  19. Jayshree Tumram was thrown out because she was unable to conceive. The organisation called the man and explained that both of them should go to the doctor for check up instead of taking rash decisions. Both are now ready to go to the doctor.

In 15 cases women were helped to recover streedhan (movable property) worth Rs.2,30,000.

Mutual divorces – 7, staying together – 15, total cases 21.

EYE CAMPS

Eye camps were organised in Mul, Nagbhid and Chitegaon. More than three hundred old people attended the camps and around 200 cataract operations were conducted at Wardha government hospital. 

GAS CONNECTION FROM FOREST DEPARTMENT

The forest department has initiated a programme to give gas connections to forest villages. Around 92 families  from village Kondekhal and Pombhurna did not receive the connections inspite of paying their share of the money. The organisaiton helped them to approach the Deputy Forest Officer and get access to the connections.

RURAL HOUSING

Hundreds of poor people who had started to construct houses under government schemes were not paid the entire amounts. The Zilla Parishad informed that the money was ‘returned’ to the government. The organisation protested strongly in front of the Zilla Parishad.

MAHATMA GANDHI JAYANTI

The organisation held competitions in various village schools on Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary. 12 villages participated in the programme. The competitions included speech, drawing and essay writing for classes I to VIII.

IMPLEMENTATION OF STREET VENDOR ACT, 2014.

The organisation translated the Act and published it in a programme at Chandrapur.  The programme was attended by vendors from Mul, Chandrapur, Ballarpur, Warora, Bhadravati and Rajura.

AGITATION OF TAXI DRIVERS

Taxi drivers and owners were facing problems due to new taxes imposed by the government. The organisation agitated their cause before the RTO office.

FARMER’S CONVENTION FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF SWAMINATHAN COMMISSION

A farmers’ convention was organised at the Chitegaon Campus attended by hundreds of farmers from the district. Advocate Anil Killor Secretary of Jan Manch organisation of Nagpur, Paromita Goswami, Govind Bhendarkar and others addressed the farmers regarding the importance of Swaminathan Commission (National Commission on Farmers) and the need for its implementation.

IMPLEMENTATION OF LIQUOR BAN

Liquor Ban was announced in the district in April 2015. Thereafter the organisation started to work for its implementation. During this process the organisation had to face opposition not only from the bootleggers but also from some sections of the administration. In one case, the police slapped senior activist Vijay Korewar who was in fact trying to help the police by informing them about the bootleggers of Dongargaon, Mul.

JAN SUWAI and KRANTIKANYA PURASKAR
The organisation decided to organize public hearing on implementation of liquor ban and in these meetings to also give Krantikanya awards to women who were working hard to implement the ban. The first public hearing was held at Gadchandur attended by Dr. Rajni Hazarey. Five awards were given to women. The awards were sponsored by local dignitaries.

The second was held at Saoli attended by Dr. Marlawar, Nandatai Allurwar, etc. Nandatai Allurwar was also given the award. The third was held at Nagbhid, fourth was held at Chandrapur attended by Mr. Sandip Diwan, Superintendent of Police and Adv. Wamanrao Chatap.

ACID ATTACK 

Sangita Namdev Raut r/o village Awarpur, Tehsil Korpana who had been awarded with Krantikanya Puraskar was attacked by bootleggers who pour acid on her face. Some of the acid entered her eyes. The organisation helped her get treatment from eye surgeon in Nagpur and also get Rs.3 lakhs compensation from the government. 

STUDY TOUR OF BIHAR

Bihar announced total state-wide prohibition in April 2016. The Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar personally led the prohibition campaign in the state. Shramik Elgar activists visited Bihar to understand the policy changes and implementation systems of prohibition. They could meet Shri. Nitish Kumar in an hour-long meeting to discuss the implications of prohibition. Later they also went to various villages, met Bihar Women’s Network, media, police, excise officials and district collector to understand implementation. The most important part of learning was regarding the changes in law that Bihar had effected to arrest bootlegging in the State. On returning the organisation published a report of the strategies adopted in Bihar as compared to the scenario in Maharashtra.

VILLAGE LEVEL LIQUOR BAN

  1. Activists and villagers of village Nanded, Nagbhid taluka helped the police to arrest bootleggers in the village along with 35 boxes of illicit liquor.
  2. Village Minthur: Women caught 41 boxes of illicit liquor brought to the village and handed over the same to the police.
  3. Village Kojbi: Women and activists caught 66 bottles of country liquor in the village and filed FIR.
  4. Village: Palasgaon: Women caught bootleggers with four barrels of illicit liquor which they handed over to the police and registered FIR.
  5. Village Navargaon: Women and activist caught 85 bottles of illicit liquor and handed over the same to the police and registered FIR.
  6. Women also caught 80 bottles at a shop and handed over to the police.
  7. Women caught ‘moha’ liquor being sold in the village and handed over the same to the police.
  8. Women of Navargaon took out a rally to create awareness about liquor ban. Vandana Mandade a woman leader was attacked after she caught 111 bottles of illicit liquor in the village but she did not give up her work. The police are supporting her work.
  9. Village Lonewahi: Women caught liquor worth Rs.11500 and handed over the same to the police. 
  10. Village Pardi: Women caught 3 boxes of illicit liquor and handed over the same to the police.
  11. Village Arhel Pimpalgaon: Women caught 2 boxes liquor and handed over the same to the police.
  12. Women caught liquor in Jangal Chaoni near Chandrapur city and handed over the same to the police. 
  13. Village: Kisannagar: Women caught 1 box liquor and handed over to the police.
  14. Village: Kondekhal: Bootleggers attacked women who were opposing liquor sale in the village since last several years. One woman sustained knife injuries. The women registered FIR in the polices station and the attacker was arrested.