AIDWA

Economic Policies

Petitions On Icds to Rajya Sabha

15 February 2006 Author     To The Honble Chairperson Committee on Petitions, (Rajya Sabha)   Honourable Chairperson and members of the Committee,   This memorandum is being submitted on behalf of the All India Democratic Women's Association to place our proposals on strengthening of the ICDS Scheme, and the need to institutionalize it in this context. The AIDWA has been directly involved in several states on issues affecting poor women and children, and on increasing access to their entitlements that are being realized thr...

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Memorandum to the Petroleum Ministry

Date Author     To Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shastry Bhavan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi - 110 001   Dear Shri Mani Shankar Aiyarji,   The AIDWA has launched a nation wide struggle today to highlight the tremendous hardships being faced by women across the country in accessing kerosene, and...

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Memorandum to the FM on Budget

2 February, 2006   To, The Hon. Finance Minister, Government of India New Delhi 110 001 Dear Shri Chidambaram ji, We represent National Women's Organizations that have been conducting struggles of women for their just rights and working consistently, and jointly, on gender issues for many years. At the outset, we would like to once again bring to your notice the need to extend the practice of having pre-b...

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Memo - Night Workers

11 November, 2003 Ref. No. 37/1/CLW/2003     To Shri J.P. Sharma Director, Lok Sabha Secretariat, 403, Parliamet House Annexe, New Delhi-110001   This is in relation to the proposed Factories (Amendment)Bill 2003. The following memorandum is on behalf of the All India Democratic Women's Association.   To The Chairman, Standing Committee on Labour...

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MEMORANDUM TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THE POLICY OF TARGETING

4th March 2008 To:  The Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India, Yojana Bhavan New Delhi 110 001 Dear Sir, The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) is a national organisation of women with a membership of over one crore spread across the country. A majority of our members are from poor and marginalised sections such as single women, widows, agricultural workers, domestic workers, dalits and tribals, living in both rural and urban areas. Ever since the Government of India introduced the Targeted Public Distribution System, we have been struggling to...

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MEMORANDUM ON REGULATION OF MICRO FINANCE INSTITUTIONS

 22 October 2010  An AIDWA delegation comprising of Sudha Sundararaman (General Secretary), Ashalata (Assistant Secretary), and Manjeet Rathee (CEC member), met the Regional Director of the Reserve Bank of India Shri Rajeshwar Rao and handed over a memorandum highlighting the problems being faced by women due to the unethical practices of MFIs, who were charging exorbitant rates of interest. The delegation demanded that a regulatory framework should be set up urgently, and a cap on interest rates be introduced and effectively monitored. Shri Rao responded positively to the suggestio...

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MEMORANDUM ON SHGS AND SGSY

 18 March 2008 To  Dr. Amar Singh. Joint. Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, New Delhi.   The All India Democratic Women’s Association is national women’s organizations comprising a membership of over a crore of women, most of whom belong to the backward and marginalized sections of society. AIDWA has been working with a large number of Self Help Groups in many states, and has been in the forefront of the struggle to ensure that women’s needs are fulfilled and their capabilities are enhanced through SHGs. We welcome the initiative...

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CAMPAIGN AGAINST RISING PRICES

The last few months have seen an unprecedented rise in the prices of essential commodities. Wheat is selling at Rs.15 - 20 per kg, rice at Rs. 15 - 25  per kg., edible oil at Rs. 60 per kg, dals at Rs 50- 65 per kg., sugar at Rs. 24 per kg., milk at Rs. 22 litre. Vegetables on an average cost not less than Rs. 25 per kg. The result is that the budgets of ordinary people are being thrown into disarray. Since women manage family budgets, they are forced to find ways and means to adjust to this price rise.  Women usually eat last and least and one of the ways they cope with this crushin...

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ON JOINT NATIONAL CONVENTION ON MICRO-FINANCE BILL

15 May 2007 A National Convention on Micro Finance Sector (Development and Regulation) Bill 2007 was held in Vithal Bhai Patel House lawns on 15 May 2007. More than two thousand women delegates representing self help group federations from 13 states attended the convention and expressed their reservations regarding the Bill and called upon the Members of Parliament to enact a Bill that takes the real concerns of women’s groups into account. Inaugurating the convention, Rajya Sabha MP and Vice President of AIDWA, Ms Brinda Karat focused on the problems of women’s groups an...

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ON JOINT CRITIQUE OF ELEVENTH FIVE YEAR PLAN APPROACH PAPER

13 July 2006 A critique of the Draft Approach Paper to the Eleventh Five Year Plan released recently by the Planning Commission was placed by the representatives of six women’s organizations including All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), Joint Women’s Programme (JWP), FORCES, Muslim Women’s Forum and YWCA before Ms. Sayeeda Hamid, Planning Commission Member, and Ms. Manjulika, Adviser, Women and Child Development. At the outset women’s organizations expressed their unhappiness about the way the Appr...

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ON INCREASING PRICES

 4 June 2008 The UPA government has today announced a steep increase in prices of petroleum products.  The price of petrol has been increased by Rs. 5 and diesel by Rs. 3 per litre; while that of an LPG cylinder by Rs. 50.   This latest announcement comes close on the heels of galloping inflation over the last few months. The increase in the price of diesel affects prices of all other commodities, including specifically, transportation costs and fares across the board. The steep rise of Rs. 50 in the price of the LPG cylinder will add to the strain on family budgets which a...

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NOTE ON MICRO FINANCE DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATION BILL, 2007

NOTE ON MICRO FINANCE DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATION BILL, 2007 9 March 2007 The Government of India is about to introduce the Micro Finance Development and Regulation Bill, 2007 in parliament. The Bill aims to “provide for promotion, development and orderly growth of the micro financial sector in rural and urban areas to facilitate universal access to integrated financial services by the population not having banking facility and thereby securing prosperity of such areas and regulation of the micro finance organisations not being regulated by any law for the time being in force an...

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A NOTE ON IMPLICATIONS OF ONGOING FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC CRISIS FOR WOMEN IN INDIA

Employment The current crisis has already had direct effects on employment, especially in the small-scale exporting units. Already, more than 1 million jobs have been lost in such activities in 2008, and nearly half of these are estimated to be women workers. As export orders continue to drop and as government response remains slow and inadequate, these numbers are likely to increase. Other sectors that employ many women, such as the construction industry, are also very badly hit and employment has fallen sharply. While collar jobs are also...

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MEMORANDUM TO PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON MICRO FINANCE SECTOR (DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATION) BILL, 2007

31 July 2007 To:                                                                                     The Chairperson Standing Committee on Finance, Government of India ...

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JOINT CRITIQUE OF APPROACH PAPER TO THE ELEVENTH FIVE YEAR PLAN

A preliminary critique of the Draft Approach Paper to the Eleventh Five Year Plan released recently by the Planning Commission was submitted by the representatives of six women’s organizations on the 11th of July. They included Ms. Sudha Sundararaman - All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), Ms. Manorama Bawa - All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), Ms. Jyotsna Chatterjee - Joint Women’s Programme (JWP), Ms. Bulu Sareen - FORCES, Ms. Sughra Mehdi - Muslim Women’s Forum and Ms. Sunita Das – YWCA. The critique made by the women’s organiz...

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