Field Notes – 20th September 2010

Field Notes

20th September 2010

Started the day in Nathdwara with a procession through the bus stand – songs, slogans, speech by Lal Singh. Around 100 people attended. Collection Rs. 36.

Next halt: Pakhand
Took a procession through the market. Mahila Manch, Rajsamanad employee Sharda joined us. Songs, speech, slogans, signatures. Collection Rs. 72. people complained of low wages in NREGA – Rs. 50, 60. Statistics presentation by Aditya.

Next halt: Railmangra
Very good program here. Enthusiastic crowd here of around 100 people. Collection of Rs. 176 (three persons contributed Rs. 50 each. One person complained of delayed payment in NREGA. Visited Jatan NGO – had tea, heard of their work reg. pension schemes for unorganized workers in Rajasthan. Met the Pradhan’s husband in Railmangra, who treated us all to lunch.

Next halt: Kankroli
Made presentations at two places here – market, and the bus / auto stand. Good crowd of around 150 people. Good press coverage too. Speech, songs, slogans, signatures. Total collection: Rs. 156. One govt. employee in the crowd spoke against NREGA, and work ethic of the workers (basically complaining of shoddy work, and lax standards).

Our truck broke down in the evening. So reached ‘Dhanin’ village very late at night. One group comprising Saikat, Kheema Ram and a few others had a lively discussion regarding wage disparity, and NREGA with the villagers who were waiting for us. Stayed the night in a school premises, and made our yatra presentation in the morning.

– Aditya Vikram Rametra, A volunteer with MKSS in the yatra travelling in Rajsamand, Bhilwara and Pali

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