Recently on Terra Urban you read about the intense advocacy by PRIA in Rajasthan regarding the rights of slum dwellers. While discussing the plight of widows and old women in availing pension schemes with Mr. Pratap Singh Khachariawas, MLA, Civil Lines, Jaipur, community members together with PRIA expressed how the irrational condition of permitting the benefit to only those widows/ old women who do not have a family member above 25 years is still valid in the state. As you read in the article Addressing the Problems of Slum Dwellers Mr. Pratap Singh Khachariawas further raised the demand of the community in the Vidhan Sabha.
A breakthrough regarding the same happened when Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced the Rajasthan Budget 2013-14 in beginning of March 2013 and addressed the long pending demand with regard to state’s old age pension and widow pension scheme. Chief Minister announced to abolish a condition of not having a member above 25 years of age in family to become eligible for the schemes!
This breakthrough is just one of the signs of how the strength and voice of the community can influence policy changes!