This is the third phase of the project. Previous updates can be found in Project Db ID# 551.
1. LOCAL SELF GOVERNANCE
Contributed to the creation of “Model Nagar Raj Bill”- a draft bill for strengthening local self governance in urban areas.
Swati contributed to drafting bill through the research work that She carried out; travelled to different parts of the country to study the Panchayati Raj Systems there. participated in a series of consultations that took place with various activists, researchers, bureaucrats and experts to improve upon our draft.
2. BIHAR- Flood Relief
Swati went to Bihar in the first week of September in order to help in the relief and rehabilitation of the people affected by Kosi Floods and decided to work in collaboration with an NGO- “Goonj” and support them in distribution of relief materials. However, the magnitude of the problem was such that only the government was equipped to reach out to the people. So, Swati, along with some more members of Parivartan, tried to engage with the local bureaucracy, mobilized local people so that the relief material meant for them, reaches them. She stayed in Bihar for over 2.5 months, conducted several Gram Sabha Meetings, and collected data from various remote and cut off villages. The same was filed as a PIL in Patna High Court.