Understanding Budget Rights, Policy & Advocacy

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Four day workshop on Understanding Budget Rights, Policy and Advocacy: Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Component & Gender Budgets

Dates: January 09th to 12th 2019, Time: 10.00 am to 06.00 pm
Venue: Madhyam Marg Retreat Centre, Kondhanpur, Pune.

Under Fraternity fellowship program Manuski organized four day capacity building workshop on “Understanding Budget Rights, Policy and Advocacy: Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Component & Gender Budgets” for fellows from five states including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh. The capacity building workshop is important to develop the perspective and understanding of the fellows. Our fellows are passionate to work in grassroots level but many times they face difficulties while dealing with the issues. Thus the workshop is extensively structured to build capacity and confidence among the fellows. We have focused basic budget concepts, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Gender Budget in the workshop and also covered another sessions like Atrocity Act, Post Ambedkarite Movement and study of the text titled State & Minorities written by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Throughout four days fellows were actively participated in the workshop and on the last day they had state wise group presentations in which they presented their action plan.

Overall four days were very enriching and helpful for fellows to understand the new topic like budget. This is also another area of intervention to work on economic issues of marginalized and meet them their rights. Fellows understood the basic concepts and the workshop helped them to develop the interest in the subject.

Objectives of the workshop

The workshop was taken with NTI alumni who are engaged in social activism at their local level. Many times we see activists work on caste atrocities and other issues of the Dalits & Adivasis/Tribals but very less people work on their economic rights. Thus following are the objectives to capacitate fellows to work on economic rights.

  • To create perspective of fellows about Ambedkarite movement
  • To educate fellows about budgetary provisions for SCs, & STs
  • To enable fellows to do primary level analysis of the budget
  • To enhance the knowledge and understanding of fellows about the issues

Summary of the Sessions

In this four day work shop total 12 sessions were carried out by different resource persons. Sessions include topics like Post Ambedkar Movement, understanding basic budget concepts, SCSP/TSP, Gender Budget, and Sources of Data etc. Every session was kept for one hour so that participants should feel tiresome. In this section the summery of the all sessions is given in brief. Hindi language was used to deliver lectures because participants were from different states who understand Hindi very well. Every session was followed by question and answer session so it was participatory process.