Asha Trust - Right to Information and One Nation Equal Education Campaign

Project Brief: The "Right to Information Campaign Uttar Pradesh" strives to achieve delivery of government services and resources by enablng the citizens to intervene in the implementation of schemes through awareness seeks information through RTI applications
Project Type: Community Based Interventions (description)
Primary Focus: creating resources (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: General Funds
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Vallabh Pandey
Project Partner(s): Ankur Pariyani
Other Contacts: Padmanava Sen
Project Address: , Asha Trust,Bhandahan Kalan,Varanasi,
Tel: 011 91 542 261 8201
Stewarding Chapter: General Funds
Sep 2023General FundsUSD 19523
Aug 2022General FundsUSD 19735
Jul 2021General FundsUSD 19425
Sep 2020General FundsUSD 12684
Sep 2019General FundsUSD 12442
Sep 2017General FundsUSD 9846
Apr 2013VaranasiUSD 5132
Jan 2009PhiladelphiaUSD 3969
May 2008PhiladelphiaUSD 4763
Oct 2007VaranasiINR 320204
Mar 2007VaranasiINR 254794

Total = $120053.9564

The "Right to Information Campaign Uttar Pradesh and Bihar" strives to achieve delivery of government services and resources. The citizens intervene in the implementation of schemes through public pressure on the local government, awareness campaigns and camps for right to information applications.

Current emphasis of RTI campaign includes improvements in many government schemes and programs such as NREGA, Mid-day Meal and teacher attendance at government schools, ICDS (Baalwadis), PDS (Ration shops), and general disbursement of government funds. These goals are achieved primarily through creating and supporting public demand for implementation of these programs.

Many of these activities have grown from rural community efforts in UP and Bihar supported by multiple Asha for Education chapters.

Association for India's Development supports 20 RTI Fellows at minimal level since 2007

Mid-day Meal and ICDS Audits proposal is supported by Asha Philadelphia with Lalith Akella, Sathyanarayan Anand and Prashanth Kovvuru as project stewards.
Main goal of the effort is to mobilize numerous small community based and owned efforts around education and rights. The campaign is producing tangible results in 15 districts of eastern UP and Bihar and communities are now able to free up government resources allocated for them and improve the public services such as government schools, NREGA and PDS. Corruption levels have reduced significantly in the blocks where people participation in Right to Information campaign is strong.

Additional documentation available at these websites:

1) Vallabh Pandey Fellowship

2) Mahesh Fellowship

3) RTI Campaign UP Blog