CARE India and DAY-NRLM (Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana: National Rural Livelihoods Mission) together launched the "Manual and Tool Kit on Social Inclusion" in New Delhi yesterday. The objective of this collaboration was to draw attention on how with the help of these modules and implementable tools, the socially excluded will be easily identified and their inclusion into social structures and fabrics will become much smoother.
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.”
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.”
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 having an overall goal of women empowerment.