मानव अधिकार सामाजिक मंच

Manavadhikar Samajik Manch (MASM) is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights organization striving to empower the public, promote, reinforce and safeguard human rights and good governance in India and to bring transformation in the observance of human rights at local, national and international level. MASM has as its VISION, the creation of a Just and Equitable Society.

The broad objective of the organizations is to promote the cause of national and international integration by strengthening the efforts for recognition and implementation of human rights and to create legal and human rights awareness and empowerment among the general public through the provision of legal and civic education, provision of legal aid, conducting research and follow-up human rights violations.

The Specific objectives of the organization are:
  1. Promote, respect and observe of human rights and democracy
  2. Promote, respect and observe of rule of law and due process
  3. Create networks with the public interest and human rights organization, non-governmental organizations, universities, relevant research organizations and legal associations etc.
  4. Make best efforts for protection, promotion and advancement of socio-economic and political rights of the public.
  5. To fight lawfully for the causes of the rights of the masses and to file public interest petitions to safeguard the rights of the masses.
  6. Organise and sponsor to undertake conferences, seminars, workshops, meetings and such other activities with a view to promoting the social and educational objectives of the MASM.
  7. Raising funds for the purposes of the MASM on such terms as are compatible with the autonomy of MASM and within the spirit of its social and educational objectives.
  8. Work out for all out socio-economic progress of the country and the society.
The strategy i.e. adopted by MASM includes actions such as
  • To identify and expose policy, law reform and issues of practice with a view to advocating for change and proactive information sharing;
  • To raise human rights and legal awareness and empowerment amongst the general public for good governance in India;
  • To put-forth the demands of the public on a continuous basis before the three organs of the government i.e., Executive, Legislature and Judiciary and ensure justice.
  • To gather and disseminate concrete, reliable and up-to-date information on policies, legal issues and issues of practice
  • To improve the performance and sustainability of Manavadhikar Samajik Manch.
By
  • Strengthening strategic alliances with like minded organizations and individuals
  • Embarking on effective advocacy for good governance in the country;
  • Devising means to capture the needs of the public;
  • Making effective use of mass media
  • Strengthening administration of research
  • Putting in place an effective human resource development system for effective and efficient service delivery
As part of its work, MASM always strives to bring awareness among the various sections of the population especially to poorest and vulnerable sections of the society who are often the victims of human right violations. The areas of interventions always focused to bring changes in policy, legal framework and issues of practices. To ensure justice, MASM always tried to put the demands of the public on a continuous basis before the three organs of the government i.e., Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.

At present, MASM has two wings one for legal aid and human rights monitoring department with a legal aid clinic intending to do psychological counseling to the victims, to identify the cases of Human Rights violations, raise the issues and do the follow up exercise and the other is for Research publication and documentation.

Our Activities

MASM FUNCTIONING CHART


Activities of the Organization
  • MASM is currently running a DOT Centre under Treatment Adherence Scheme in South Delhi, sponsored by the DNNTS, Deptt. of Health, Govt. of NCT of Delhi
  • MASM is currently running a Mahila Mandal, named ‘MEHEK’ at A2 Block, Resettlement Colony, Madanpur Khadar in South Delhi. The Mahila Mandal has found the SHGs and is working on various social issues.  
  • MASM is the associated Consultant for the project “Monitoring of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) through Regional Coordinators, a World Bank assisted Project for Central and Western region, New Delhi, conducted with Centre for Market Research & Social Development (Principal Consultant) for National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, (Project duration: June 2006 to 31 August, 2009). Under this study a proper system has been developed for surveillance for communicable and non communicable diseases has been made, so that timely and effective public health actions can be initiated in response to health challenges in the country at the state and national level. The broad objective of the project was to improve the efficiency of the existing surveillance activities of disease control programs and facilitating sharing of relevant information with the health administration, community and other stake holders so as to detect disease trends over time and evaluate control strategies.

    Identification & Verification of Beneficiaries

    • Baseline survey on socio-economic status of people living in Resettlement colonies of Delhi sponsored by World Vision in 2005
    • Field Survey on statistical survey for Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Multiple Disabilities in DELHI.
    • Environment and Social Impact Mitigation Measures Study on Dedicated Freight Corridor Package-III for Japan International Cooperation Agency and Consulting Engineering Services India Pvt Ltd.
    • Research study of the conditions / problems of the inmates of the jails belonging to the Notified Minority Communities of Delhi, sponsored by Delhi Minorities Commission
    • Awareness of people on the scheme titled “ Legal Aid to Poor” in the state of Bihar, Orissa, Karnataka and Delhi

    Programmes relating to Creation of Awareness among Masses

    • MASM on her own or in collaboration of other like-minded NGOs    has conducted awareness campaign in Delhi and different parts of the country.
    • Few of the example Awareness campaigns are
    • HIV / AIDS Awareness Camp in JJ Clusters of Delhi (especially in South Delhi) for Delhi State AIDS control Society in 2008 & 2009.
    • Awareness Camps for Solid Waste Management in South Delhi with Indian Environment Society and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
    • Free Legal Aid / Counseling services for Delhi State Legal Services Authority and also it conducted in many other states on behalf of the organization or partner organization since 2004.
    • Free Legal Aid / Counseling services for Delhi State Legal Services Authority Awareness Camp during World Mental Health Day   for Delhi State Legal Services Authority.
    • Human Rights Awareness Campaign in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission.
    • Anti-Tobacco Campaign in Munger and Bhagalpur districts of Bihar in 2009.
    • The organization has also prepared leaflets and pamphlets in local languages and distributes in the community highlighting the government opportunities with regard to free legal aid and human rights awareness.

    Programmes for facilitating and following up the entitlement Schemes and Service Deliveries

    MASM has a proven track record of facilitating services by organizing camps where it acted as Facilitator or mediator between public or the beneficiaries and the government.

    Prime example of the same is the “JAN SUNWAYEEN” camp organized for Delhi Minorities Commission for attracting all section of minorities group and facilitating services ranging from legal aid to loan facilities as available under minority commission.

    Few of the other experience of organizing service deliveries are:
    Blood Donation camps for Delhi AIDS Control Society / Indian Red Cross Society
                             
    Workshop on Economic Empowerment of Minorities
                           
    NABARD-SDC Rural Innovation Workshop

    Tracing, Counseling and facilitation services to Manual Scavengers in Delhi for NHFDC and DSFDC
    Besides this, we are expertise of content development for various organisations, which requires a large amount of data mining, compilation and information system management for future usage. Two such clients are:

    • Delhi Minorities Commission
    • National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation

      Legal Clinic as a facilitation Service and its outreach services for the deprived sections of the Society

      • MASM has a proven track record of facilitating free services by providing free legal counseling and services in Delhi and Orissa. Uma Kanta Nanda, a senior Advocate in Orissa High Court provides the legal facilities in Orissa where as Jitendra Mohapatra and Kedar Nath Tripathy provides the same services at Delhi.
         
      • MASM also provides legal counseling as well as takes up the cases of the persons who do not have access to justice system. During the last 5 years, it has taken up more than 30 cases pertaining to access to justice.

      Advocacy Programme

      As a part o the advocacy programme, Manavadhikar Samajik Manch publishes a monthly magazine namely “Human Touch” since 2004. Human Touch is a platform for non-partisan portrayal of human rights issues in different forms. Be it the rights of the weaker sections of our population such as the women, the children, the aged and the physically challenged, or the victims of some social customs, cultural traditions and economic and non-economic policies, the publication brings out the issues objectively and in a manner that would give succor to the people whose rights are either violated or put in jeopardy. It is forum for scholars, activists, concerned individuals and the common men and women to ventilate their grievances, express their views and highlight cases of human rights and legal rights violations so that appropriate ameliorative actions can be taken by the concerned agencies. It meant to help the helpless and speak for those whose voices are not heard. This publication is a step forward in realizing the vision of Manavadhikar Samajik Manch, i.e., creation of a just and equitable society.



      Survey & Research Experiences in last three years

      MASM has conducted many surveys and research studies in the past. Few of the projects conducted in the last five years are given below:   

      Condition of Women in Destitute Homes in India: A study of Orissa and Maharashtra, sponsored by ICSSR, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in 2009. (Rs 2.1 Lakh)

      Study on protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 and the Scheduled caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 in the state of Orissa: An Evaluation and Impact assessment of the Implementation, sponsored by ICSSR, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of
      India, in 2009. (Rs 1.9 lakh)

      Fact Finding cum Evaluation of the SRMS Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers in Delhi, commissioned by NHFDC, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, in 2009. (Rs 5.4 lakh)

      Concurrent Evaluation of National Rural Health Programme in Dadra Nagar & Haveli and Arunachal Pradesh, for Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, in 2009. (Rs 25 lakh)

      Evaluation of Maulana Azad Meritorious Scholarship for Girls in India, commissioned by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, in 2009. (Rs 5.1 lakh)

      Baseline KABP survey for the radio programme for the migrants in Delhi, commissioned by Delhi State AIDS Control Society, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, in 2009. (Rs 0.98 lakh)

      Pre & Post Campaign KABP survey on HIV in JJ clusters and construction sites in Delhi, commissioned by Delhi State AIDS Control Society, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, in 2009. (Rs 0.84 lakh)

      Evaluation of Role of Women Functionaries in Panchayatiraj System (Orissa and Madhya Pradesh), sponsored by National Women Commission, Government of India, in 2006. (Rs 2 lakh)

      Environment and Social Impact Mitigation Measures Study on Dedicated Freight Corridor Package-III for Japan International Cooperation Agency and Consulting Engineering Services India Pvt Ltd, 2007. (Rs 12 lakh)


What we Do?

MASM is interested in carrying out various activities under the overall umbrella of Human and Legal Rights. They include giving a helping hand to the needy persons and institutions in the field of rights, especially persons who are affected either by violation of human rights or by denial of Human rights or stay away from the justice system so far due to their vulnerable status.  In this direction we are bringing out various burning issues, case studies and survey reports, which we ourselves publish in our monthly magazine namely, “Human Touch”. This magazine is the only magazine in the country today which focuses on promotion and protection of human rights thereby providing access to justice to the deprived and underprivileged sections of the society. The magazine is in publication since March 2004.


Secondly, MASM has already created a mailing list of thousands of local, national, and international organizations, opinion makers, eminent personalities etc., and had been corresponding with them.

Since inception, the organization has also taken up many numbers of cases pertaining to violation of rights in different for a like National Human Right Commission, State Human Rights Commissions, National Women Commission, State Women Commission, National Minorities Commission, State Minorities Commission, State Legal Services Authorities, Crime Against Women Cell etc.

The organization is aware of the field reality that it is often the weaker section of the society which is deprived of the human rights as well as legal rights. It is a known fact that these sections of the society could not get any remedial action as they could not approach the available systems including the legal ones for the redressal of their grievances.

Realizing the plight of the poor who could not afford to spend for the legal remedies or deprived of the same facilities due to various reasons, the government has already introduced systems including services like ‘Free Legal Aid to the Poor’. But as it is observed the takers of the facilities are few. This is especially due to poor awareness level of the people to the available resources.

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Our Publications

(A Monthly Publication of Manavadhikar Samajik Manch)
(Manavadhikar Samajik मंच की एक मासिक प्रकाशन)
Human Touch is a platform for non-partisan portrayal of human rights issues in their different forms. Be it the rights of the weaker sections of our population such as the women, the children, the aged and the physically challenged, or the victims of some social customs, cultural traditions and economic & non-economic policies, the publication brings out the issues objectively and in a manner that would give succour to the people whose rights are either violated or put in jeopardy. Human Touch acts as a forum for scholars, activists, concerned individuals and the common men & women to ventilate their grievances, express their views and to highlight cases of human rights violations, so that appropriate ameliorative actions can be taken by the concerned agencies. It is meant to help the helpless and to speak for those whose voices are not heard. It engages in constructive and incisive debate on issues that are not only of day-to-day concern but also on issues that are important for posterity. This publication is a step forward in realising the vision of Manavadhikar Samajik Manch, i.e. creation of a just and equitable society.


President: Dr. A. Shanker
 Editor: Dr. Girija B. Nanda
Editorial Team: Tapaj Mishra, Kamal Kumar Gaur, Priyadarshi Ashok Mishra, Dr. Virender Khatana
Reporters : Maheswar Singh, Swarup Panigrahi
Office Assistant: Ganesh Das
Legal Advisor: Ms. Kumud L. Das, Jitendra Mahapatra
Graphic Designer: S.K. Nayak
Cover Design: Srimoy Patra
Content & Design Consultant: Srimoy Patra
Edited, Printed and Published by : Dr. Girija B. Nanda
  Patron: Sandeep Dikshit, MP (Lok Sabha)
Advisors: Bejon Mishra, Manoj Kar


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