Legal literacy camp for migrant workers on 19 April in Allahabad.
Mr. Hiramani, Block Coordinator emphasized upon the process of registration with the Labor Department.

On 19 April 2016, Paryavaran Evam Prodyogiki Utthan Samiti(PEPUS) organised a legal literacy camp for migrant workers and labourers at village  Mamai, Kaudihar block, Dist.- Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. The camp was held to make migrant workers aware of their rights and entitlements. It is the first step towards work security and empowerment.
Mr. Puneet, Program Manager, discussed the role of community participation in dealing with government bodies especially the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). Workers must not hesitate to approach the Pradhan and other representatives in taking up serious issues regarding their living conditions. He said that the legal counsel sits every month at labour help centers to resolve labour disputes.He appealed to the participants to actively participate in the upcoming GramSabha Meeting and feel free to express their grievances in front of the PRIs.

Mr. Hiramani, Block Coordinator explained the process of registration of the workers with the Labor Department. He stressed that the choices that migrant workers make—whether to migrate or work locally– must be well thought . Working under MNREGA may provide them comparatively less wages but the registration with the labour department becomes easier as the working days are documented. They can benefit from 15 schemes worth 8 lakh in their life time if they are duly registered and regularly renewed at the labour department.

Mr. Krishna Kant Tiwari , Block Coordinator shed light on the importance of a legal  agreement with the employer / contractor before starting work. He highlighted the concept of Iqrarnamana which is a written justiciable document between the labourer and the employer. Getting into agreement would preclude any loss of wages or any infringement of the contract.

Mr. Rajkumar spoke about the legal provisions that cover unorganized labourer especially migrant labourers. He emphasized the point that the law dictates that the wages of male and female workers must be equal and there should be no discrimination.

Mr. Puneet, Program Manager, discussed upon the community participation in dealing with government bodies especially the PRIs.Mr. Rajkumar , detailed the legal provisions that cover unorganized labour  especially migrant labours.


PEPUS is a non-government organisation that runs from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. It works towards overall welfare and well-being of migrant workers. It has taken up several initiatives like security of migrant workers, women’s livelihood, youth skill development training and placement, counseling of labourers, youth skill development programs. Till date, 33293 migrant workers with the Shramik Sahayata Kendra and 2189 bank accounts have opened with the help of the organisation.
You can visit them here: www.pepus.ngo
Facebook link: www.facebook.com/Pepus.1990/#

Author: PEPUS
Category: Uncategorized
Date: April 26, 2016

VIOM Networks invite CSR Proposals for FY 2016-17

Viom Networks invites proposals on Thematic Areas of environment, awareness building and restoration of degraded forest land under CSR programme – Sanrakshan – for the year 2016-17 within the territory of India.

Date of Issue: 13th April 2016

Closing Date: 9th May 2016


Objectives for inviting proposals:

  • To identify and develop CSR programs in line with our thrust areas, namely – afforestation and mass awareness programmes on environment protection.
  • Special focus on afforestation and green livelihoods, environment-friendly development and fellowships, SGD and youth education
  • All initiatives should be sustainable and scalable

Eligibility Criteria

Registered NGO/Public Charitable Trust/Registered private organization with a proven track record in the relevant area and be operating under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA).

Format for synopsis:

Name of the project
Thematic Area
Impact on target group
Indicators for measuring impact
Target Group and the location
Implementation strategy
Action plan with timeline
Estimated cost including management cost
Brief company profile and bios of key personnel

About Viom’s SR Initiatives:

Viom Networks is playing a role in transforming lives that makes Viom more than just a telecom infra company. The company is guided by a strong commitment to the communities around it. We have embraced a sustainable approach to business – one that takes into account the environmental and societal impact of our operations. Our CSR initiatives, Sanrakshan, is committed to continue to create ‘Green Telecommunication for A Better Planet’. With an aim to spread mass awareness on environmental protection and conservation, we work with our NGO partners in schools and local communities with the active support of our employee volunteers.

Those fulfilling all the above criteria, are required to email a brief proposal (not exceeding 3 pages in the suggested format) to Dr. Preeti Aggarwal (preeti.aggarwal@viomnetworks.com), CSR Lead at Viom Networks.

The information has been sourced from: www.linkedin.com
Visit: www.viomnetworks.com/csr.html

Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: Uncategorized
Date: April 22, 2016

Column of the week—Facilitating catalytic change through CSR in IT for Social Development

While there are discussions and debates considering ICT as an important aspect in reaching out to masses and thus bringing about desired social change, it is also essential to understand the context in which we are operating. Not undermining the potential of ICT to transform developing countries like ours into knowledge-based societies, IT sector as a whole has huge work to unfold in mapping the scope of their involvement resulting into a long-term positive impact – impact which can bring cheers to the face of millions of disadvantaged communities. If we attempt to understand this perspective, there are two types of technological interventions targeted at social development. First is to support and expand already existing processes amongst the demographic population who otherwise do not have access to these services. Second is to play a major role in establishing innovation induced creation of new activities and processes in its entirety. This century is witnessing manifold increase in interaction between human and digital media.
It has become increasingly important to have access to digital space to be abreast with the economic, political and social aspects of not just our own society but of the world as a whole. However, it is evident that not everyone is aware about these facilities let aside having access to them. India is a case study on digital divide where one section of society is leading the technological innovation and the other is in total disconnect from this reality. It is not just the cost element being the base of this divide but the widespread illiteracy amongst the socio-economically disadvantaged communities. This issue gets enormously compounded by the already existing societal biases related to caste, religion, gender, wealth, education and so on.
This interwoven issue with multiple complexities is surmountable if broken down into specific and realistically achievable tasks. Technology based corporates are looked upon to be enablers in this scenario obviously for their usage of these facilities and potential to reuse the assets to address access part of this digital need for the larger community. Capgemini believes in having a long-term engagement with impact oriented interventions. Providing computers and facilitating internet connection with few employees volunteering for training is not a big task for us, but when we look at a bigger picture and attempt to understand the scope of this issue, these efforts are not enough.
Having a scale of operation coupled with monitoring and evaluation process in place which would ensure large scale implementation as well as accountability from the corporate sector and civil society is a key to have a long Facilitating catalytic change through IT for social development. Innovation, digitalizing the content which are relevant in and for social space, creating digital platform to share/ interact on solutions and doing all this to a scale commensurate with India’s created demand would be major game changer and would catalyze the development process through IT enabled services.
Though computers and other technologies are needed but they have limitation to complete the demanded requirement. The IT service providers should look forward to have initiatives implemented around training and education of new generation rather than to have technologies resulting into short-term ends in themselves. To achieve this, at Capgemini, through CSR, we intend to have strategic approach towards building the capacities of communities to understand digital content and use the content for great empowerment and transformation.

By: Kumar Anurag Pratap, CSR Leader, Capgemini

This column has been previously published in ‘NO PROFIT HIGH IMPACT’ eNGO Challenge Award Book 2015

Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: Uncategorized
Date: April 22, 2016

Impacting the lives of women through value chains

Udyogini aims to help poor, illiterate women by providing them the right opportunities, training, business development services to help them manage and grow microenterprises, increase productivity and ensure sustainability.
Business services help engage rural women in products and service based enterprises that have high market potential, realistic investments and require optimum skills. Business services identified from value chain analysis of selected enterprises are provided to women to engage and scale up the enterprises. In later stages producers are enabled to form and strengthen producer institutions to efficiently manage backend and forward operations for the enterprises.

Udyogini strongly believes in the transformative approach to economic empowerment in new market conditions while empowering women to adopt differential roles the market expects and internalize and manage the competition that market engenders. Value chains are the competitive mechanisms currently operating in major agricultural and industrial products in the era of globalization where the products and their markets are spread across regions and nations.

The benefits of transformative approach is revealed in the fact that Udyogini has directly impacted 35776 women and their families through value chains (such as lac, vegetables, herbs and poultry) that show potential for scale in difficult market conditions in remote districts of four Indian states (Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan) that are affected by poverty, conflict or climate challenges and broken enterprise ecosystems.

The details have been taken from their website and Annual Report
Visit Udyogini here:

Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: Uncategorized
Date: April 21, 2016

An app to improve livelihoods of service providers in Patiala
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The iSewa app, developed by Patiala Foundation helps you find from more than 600 service listings near your place—plumber, washerman, gardener, electrician, cobbler, florists, etc. In no time, the right person lands up at your doorstep. The app was launched in November 2015 and already boasts of 200 downloads. It is available for download on Android phones and will soon be launched for iOS. The services can also be accessed directly from the Foundation’s website. If a service is not available, users can also add information about services. Patiala Foundation has made the process community oriented wherein users themselves can add providers whom they trust.
Other than service provides, the app also provides information about blood donors. “We have started adding details of blood donors in different cities, of people who are voluntarily ready to donate. People can log into iSewa and find the right match in case of an emergency,” says Ravee. Patiala Foundation is also planning to form groups of different service providers in different cities and conduct training sessions for them.
Patiala Foundation is an NGO that has been working on developing livelihood projects since 2009. Two years ago, they started a facility named dial-a-rickshaw, with a view to making it easier for residents of Patiala to find auto rickshaws when needed. It was while developing this idea that another one struck that the app could be extended for all service providers like cobblers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, etc., across the country. And that is how iSewa was born.
Impact Story:
“There is an elderly man in Karnal who cleans brass utensils. Earlier, he used to visit just two or three houses in a week on his bicycle, and that was all. Not many people knew about him. But several people wanted to find someone who could help them clean their antique brass collections and utensils. We uploaded his details on the app. Today, he gets calls from about five to six houses in a day and remains very busy. That is the kind of impact iSewa is creating,” concludes Ravee Aahluwalia, Chief Functionary, Patiala Foundation

You can visit Patila Foundation:

Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: Uncategorized
Date: April 19, 2016

Innovation for Social Good- d.light brightens up 57 million lives with Solar Lamps

d.light is a global social enterprise delivering affordable solar-powered solutions designed for the two billion people in the developing world without access to reliable energy. d.light provides distributed solar energy solutions for households and small businesses all over the world. d.light supplies power products in 62 countries. Out of the 57 million people, 15 million school children have been reached with a reliable, affordable and accessibile solar lamp. d.light’s impact strategy is based on ‘theories of change’ across the four hubs- Africa, China, South Asia and the United States. This approach produces a deeper understanding of how solar energy affects households that previously relied on poor quality, expensive, and unhealthy alternatives, such as kerosene, candles and diesel. 57 million people have produced longer working hours of upto 27 billion hours, safer environment and health conditions, tons of CO2 offset and money saved.They are aiming to reach out to another 50 million people by 2010 thus accounting to a totality of 100 million people.In India, you can buy d.light products on www.flipkart.com

Picture courtesy: www.dlight.com
Please note: The above mentioned figures are reported by d.light on January 31, 2016.

Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: Uncategorized
Date: March 12, 2016

North East India’s first Model Smart Village

The work to turn Barsimaluguri, a hamlet of 234 households of farmers, small traders and daily wage earners, into a smart village began on January 15, 2015.
Barsimaluguri, about 11 Km from the Indo Bhutan border, in Baksa district has been turned into a model smart village with hundred per cent toilets, solar power and pure drinking water.
The first work initiated by the committee was setting up the water purification plant and now this village is perhaps the only one in the region to have a reverse osmosis plant.
After the water treatment plant was set up, the next on the list was construction of toilets. As many as 100 toilets were constructed and then the houses in the village were solar electrified. Solar home kits – consisting of a battery, solar panel, transformer, three LED lights and one fan – were give to 100 households. Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited helped provide technical assistance in setting up these panels.

“There are more than 20,000 villages in Assam with numerous government schemes being implemented, but none has been transformed into a smart village. We decided to concentrate on one village and turn it into a model village, independent of government schemes,” NTF Secretary Mrinal Talukdar told The Times of India.

You can visit their website at: www.nandatalukdarfoundation.org / www.facebook.com/borsimaluguri

Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: DEF, NEWS, Uncategorized
Date: February 23, 2016