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Tracking Funds for India’s Most Deprived: The Story of the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights’ “Campaign 789″

On 31 August 2010 the home minister of India made a startling statement on the floor of the national Parliament, “In my prima facie view using Rs. 678 crores (INR 6.78 billion) out of SCSP to the commonwealth games infrastructure appears to be wrong.” This statement seemed to be quite innocuous; however, the significance was not lost on the country’s citizens. The national and international media picked it up, civil society and human rights groups celebrated a major milestone, and organizations working with the most deprived social group in India, the Dalits, were overjoyed.  This is the story of the campaign that led to the government admitting that it had diverted funds earmarked for development away from one of the most deprived and discriminated communities in Indian society.

Uploaded on: Dec 18, 2015
Year Published: 2011

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Resource Type: Impact Evidence Issues: Community Organizing, Education, Ethnic / Religious Minorities' Rights, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Policy Advocacy Tool Type: Reports / Research, Training Resources & Popular Education Method: Filing Right to Information Claims Languages: English Nature of Impact: Acquisition of Remedy / Entitlement / Information, Change in institutional / government practice, Change in law or policy, Citizen Action & Participation, Legal Knowledge and Skills Institutions Engaged: Media, National Legislative body, NGOs, President / Cabinet, Service Delivery Agencies Evaluation Method: Case Studies