Vision & Mission4
Genesis of RLEK5
RLEK Human Rights Centre6
Community Forest Management6
Suggestions and Recommendations7
Learnings / Insights8
I would like to thank Mr. Avdhash Kaushal for taking out time from his busy schedule to guide me see his wider vision of the organisation and its activities. He has been a source of great inspiration and has made me feel involved and a part of the organisation. I would like to specially thank Ms. Rekha Pundir and her whole team at RLEK for making me feel a part of them. They were always willing to help me on every occasion whenever I needed them. I would also like to thank Prof. M. R. Sreenath for giving me this opportunity to be associated with an organisation that works for the welfare of the society. This exposure made me understand the integrities of management from a different perspective.
Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) is a Non Government Organisation that works with communities in the hill state of Uttarakhand. RLEK has evolved after years of struggle against atrocities meted out on underprivileged and marginalized communities in the region. After two decades of work and without any external support, RLEK formally registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as a Non Profit Organisation in 1989 under registration number 1044/ 1988 - 89. It is registered by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India under Section 35AC of Income Tax Act which allows donors 100% income tax deduction on their contributions, and under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 1976. The State Government of Uttarakhand also recognises RLEK as a charitable organisation.
Vision & Mission
Vision - Fostering a just and sustainable society.
Mission - To empower marginalized, indigenous groups, women and children to claim their rights and entitlements.
RLEK wishes to achieve the following objectives:-
* To work on economic and social problems of the poor and unprivileged, particularly women, by organizing them into community based groups. * To empower women and build capacities by providing information and knowledge regarding local self-governance. * To mobilise women through training, networking and by providing institutional support, to contest elections and bring about gender equity in local self governance. * To provide education to tribal, nomads and other marginalised sections through formal and innovative non-formal programmes. * To work for conservation, environmental enrichment, and the spreading of awareness of environmental issues. * To involve participation of forest dependent communities in conservation and sustainable forest management while safeguarding traditional rights * To sensitise, raise the level of awareness of legal rights in the poor, and create a cadre of para-legal workers in marginalised communities. * To establish a culture of humanism through promotion of social justice and to secure entitlements for deprived sections of society through public interest litigation and advocacy.
Genesis of RLEK
RLEK began in the late 1970s, when a group of young people started development work amongst tribal communities in the area of Jaunsar-Bhawar in Dehradun district. Systemic inequities and injustices deprived these communities of their fundamental human rights. The young group's main thrust was on empowerment and emancipation of bonded labour, with special focus on women. Today RLEK is working in 6 states Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh & Haryana. RLEK understands vitality of human life for conservation and sustenance of the environment. This...