New Delhi, 7th February 2018: CARE India and DAY-NRLM (Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana: National Rural Livelihoods Mission) successfully collaborated to launch the ‘Manual and Tool Kit on Social Inclusion’ today in New Delhi.
The launch took place at the Indian Habitat Centre and witnessed the enthusiastic participation of several key stakeholders and prominent dignitaries from the government and civil society space.
The objective of this collaboration was to draw attention to how through these modules and implementable tools, the socially excluded will be easily identified and their inclusion into social structures and fabrics will become seamless and smoother.
The manual and tool kit will primarily be used to train the DAY – NRLM workers to ensure that the marginalised sections of society are integrated in a consistent manner. The manual methodically presented how to identify the socially excluded disadvantaged groups and how to educate them about their rights and entitlements.
These entitlements include access to ration cards, adhaar cards, pensions and voter IDs. It also gave a step by step account of how housing, health check-ups, insurance schemes and banking services could be extended to the socially excluded. Finally it called for capacity building to ensure that the outreach is sharpened and dignity is restored to all who are marginalised. For the purpose of simplicity the manual has been divided into four volumes:
- Mainstreaming social inclusion in the day to day activities of DAY-NRLM – key concepts, elements and mechanisms of social inclusion, exclusion and poverty alleviation.
- Training resources to enable inclusion – 20 different modules and participatory modules that will train the common resource person (CRP).
- Structuring a tool kit for the trainers – 3 sections on how create forums for advocacy, solidarity among the socially excluded.
- A book of 29 readings which will contain modules and strategies to promote easier inclusion.
Dignitaries present on the dais were Shri Atal Dulloo, Joint Secretary & Mission Director, National Rural Livelihoods Mission; Ms. Anita Baghel, Director, Rural Livelihood; Shri Rajan Bahadur, CEO & Managing Director of CARE India and Dr. Yamini Atmavilas, Lead – Gender and Equality, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The event witnessed detailed presentations on the work done by the self-help groups in Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand; an in-depth analysis of the manual and tool kit was given by experts who had conceptualised the idea. Experts and civil society members involved in the on ground execution of the manual discussed specific problems faced by different states, while grass roots realities were explored and understood.
Mr Rajan Bahadur, MD and CEO, CARE India said, “Even among the socially excluded, the most persecuted and disrespected group of people, who are often denied any freedoms or rights are women. They are discriminated against and are prey to violent manifestations of prejudice intolerance. Hence efforts of the DAY – NRLM are focussed on empowering these women by ensuring access to gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities, access to rights and entitlements and participation in important government programs. Over the next ten years the aim is to ensure an outreach of over 100 million households. Presently DAY-NRLM covers 29 states, 568 districts, 4236 blocks and 99,188 gram panchayats, reaching out to a total of 47.9 million households.”
Shri Atal Dulloo, Joint Secretary & Mission Director National Rural Livelihoods Mission said, “Our work begins with identifying the socially excluded and ensuring that they have gained access to their basic rights and entitlements. However in doing so, we face several hurdles – institutional barriers, social constraints and financial losses. Certain states have seen some success in their pilot endeavours. The processes followed in these states have been comprehensively documented in this manual and will help in replicating the principles of these success stories. The empowerment process will be refined, livelihoods will be strengthened and developed, the voiceless will be given voices and the self-help groups will be given access to funds. Ultimately the main objective of launching the manual and tool kit is to train practitioners to reach out to all deprived and marginalised people.”
Dr. Yamini Atmavilas, Lead – Gender and Equality, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said, “While inclusion does start with identification and ensuring entitlements it cannot be limited to this. It must be transformative in its ideology and should aim to revolutionise economies by introducing concepts of collective resource management and state level accountability. Focus must be on capacity building, resource mobilisation, social cohesion so that communities are empowered. The use of such a manual will help people realise the complexity of social exclusion. It will drive the need for an evidence based agenda.”
Social exclusion is one of the most deeply embedded problems in Indian culture. Vulnerable sections of society suffer from the multi-generational impact of being denied access to essential commodities and services that are imperative to one’s wellbeing. Participation of these sections of society is limited in the economic, social, political and cultural spheres. These people are not accorded any respect and their voices and views often go unheard. They are alienated from society and lack control over any important decisions.
About CARE India:
CARE has been working in India for over 65 years, focusing on ending poverty and social injustice, through well-planned and comprehensive programs in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. Our overall goal is the empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalized communities leading to improvement in their lives and livelihoods. We are a full member of CARE International Confederation working in over 90 countries for a world where all people live in dignity and security.
In India, CARE focuses on the empowerment of women and girls because they are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination; and suffers abuse and violations in the realization of their rights, entitlements and access, and control over resources. Also experience shows that, when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities overcome poverty, marginalization and social injustice.