Amdaar Samvad Manch (ASM)

Advocacy in Constituencies:

Our research led us to conclude that it was necessary to involve civil society in public
governance, so that issues which were vital for the people, were attended to by the elected
representatives on an urgent basis. Itwas decided to form citizen’s groups in assembly
constituencies, who would raise issues related to women and children among others, within
the constituency with the legislator there.
Amdar Samvad Manch (ASM) – Forums for Liaising were formed in following eleven
constituencies of the State. These were, Shahada and Nawapur in Nandurbar, Risod in
Washim, Armori in Gadchiroli, Vikramgad in Palghar, Dhule city in Dhule, Ratnagiri city in
Ratnagiri, and all four constituencies in Osmanabad district.

There were positive results in some of the constituencies. To quote a few:

 

Ratnagiri :
 

1. A CT scan machine arrived at the Ratnagiri District Hospital.
2. After receiving a letter from the ASM regarding children’s safety to MP Vinayak Raut,
he raised the question in Parliament.
3. Dy. CEO Ratnagiri issues a circular to the BDOs of all Gram Panchayats to pass a
resolution against the practice of child marriage and formation of VCPC in their
villages.

 

Shahada :
 

1. following intervention of the ASM, construction of a hospital was initiated there.

Tuljapur :


1. Adopted a village for development and undertook programmes for the village
development, Subsequently the district administration too got involved in the group’s
efforts.
2. On 15Th August Tuljapur Taluka Panchayat Samiti took an oath against child
marriage

 

Risod, Washim : 

1. Taking cognizance of a letter written by the ASM, regarding formation of a VCPCs in all
panchayats of the constituency, the district women and child welfare department informed
the ASM through a letter that VCPCs have been formed.

 

To conclude, involvement of the legislators in the welfare of weaker sections of the society,
particularly women and children increased. The district administrations were driven to action
inrespect of VCPCs and prevention of child marriages. The civil society at various places
was galvanised into actively participating in the development process. A rapport was
promoted between the elected representatives and their constituents. Novel ideas were
introduced to motivate legislators, civil societies, local administrations to confront
developmental issues. Interactions happened between legislators on the one hand and
experts in respective fields on the other have generated an atmosphere of working
collectively towards a better society, a safer society.

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