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Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatane
Pothnal, Manvi Tq., Raichur District
Tenth Anniversary Celebrations (8th & 9th April, 2011)

Programme Schedule

8th April 2011, Friday
Inauguration- 2:30 p.m.
Inauguration by: Shri. Somalinga G. Gennur, Tahsildar, Manvi.
Chair: Smt. Dr. Bhagya, Director, Sakhi Trust, Hospet

•   Evening 5.00 p.m. Procession
•   Evening 6 p.m : Thematic Session 1

1. Information Regarding Government Schemes
Speaker: Shri. Karibasappa
State joint-convener Right to Food Campaign, Karnataka

2. Dalit Rights and Legal Framework
Speaker: Shri. M.R. Beri, Maha Aadiga, Karnataka
•    Night 8:30 p.m.
Cultural Programme

*Song and Dance Performances by Children from Chilipili School
*Student Group from Sakhi, Hospet
Lambaani Dance and Kolaata

*JMS Karyakartas and Sanchalakis and Women from different
Sanghas- Sanghatne and Folk Songs

*Film Screening

9th April 2011, Saturday : Morning 8: 30

Sports Meet for Sangha Women
•    Morning 10: 30 a.m.

Souvenir Booklet Release, Award Presentation Ceremony and
Prize Distribution for Chilipili School Children
Chair: Shri. Hampaiyyah Sahukaar, MLA, Manvi

Souvenir Booklet Release By:
1. Souvenir on JMS Activities
Shri. N.S. Bosaraju, Ex- MLA, Manvi

2. Badada Hoogalu : Award Winners Life History Collection
Shri. Basavan Gowda, Byagwat, CADA Chairperson

3. Launching of the Dalit Girl’s Higher Education Scholarship Fund
Chief Guests:
Shri. Gangadhar Naik,
Ex- MLA, Manvi

Dr. A.V. Vasu
Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, University of Bangalore

JMS Awards: Presentations to selected persons from Dalit Community for noteworthy contributions to Dalit Community through their field of work
Smt. Shantamma,
Amareshwara Camp :
For her contribution to the field of Midwifery
Award: “Amrutanandamai”

Smt. Mita, New Delhi, for her contribution to Dalit Women Agricultural Labourers Sangathane and Health Work
Award: “Dalit Baghini”

Smt. Mokshamma Maski, for her contribution to Devadasi System Eradication and Women’s Collective Work
Award: “Mahila Maargadarshaki”

Shri. Bhimanna Hire Naganoor for his Contribution to the Development of the Dalit Community
Award: “Dalit Chintaka”

Shri. Shantappa Doddi, Manvi, State Movement Co-ordinator DSS

Afternoon 12:30 p.m.

Thematic Session 2
Topic: Women’s Rights and Legal Framework
Speaker: Shri. Ravi Kumar, Advocate, Manvi

•    Afternoon: 3 p.m.
Closing Ceremony
10th Anniversary celebrations’ Bumper Lottery Draw
Prize Distribution to Winners of the Women’s Sports Meet

We request you to join us in these celebrations to make them a grand success!

President, Vice President, Karyakartaru and Sanchalakaru,
Jagrutha Mahila Sangathane, Pothnal
Taluka Manvi, District Raichur.
Ph: 9845218046, 9902658880

DECENNIAL CELEBRATIONS OF JMS (2000-2011) – 7-8 April, 2011

Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan (JMS), a collective of Dalit Women Agricultural Labourers located at Pothnal village of Manvi Taluka in Raichur District of the South Indian state of Karnataka observed their Decennial Celebrations on 7th & 8th April, 2011. Initiated in the year 2000, JMS is now in its 12th year of journey which entails the process of organising and empowerment of Dalit Women for reaffirming their dignity and self-reliance.
Festive Inauguration – first day (7th April, 2011): About 700 women from the various villages of Manvi and Sindhanur Taluka, friends and supporters from various organisations, such as SAKHI (Hospet, Bellary), THAMATE (Tumkur), Nava Jeevana Mahila Okkoota (NJMO, Raichur), Community Health Cell (CHC-SOCHARA, Bangalore), ROOVARI (Raichur), Vimukti (Bangalore – Raichur), Dalit Sangharasha Samiti (DSS), advocates, journalists, academicians, local politicians and government officials were a part of the decennial celebrations.
The Decennial Festivity Day was inaugurated on 7th April, 2011 by Dr. Chandrashekar, Medical Officer of Potnal Primary Health Centre along with other guests. The products of CHIGURU livelihood enterprise of JMS (terracotta jewellery, herbal medicines and neem-vermi compost & bio-compost fertilisers) were symbolically released and were dedicated to the communities living in Raichur.
Significantly 400 odd children (child laborers) who were a part of the Chilipili schools had designed their own learning materials, this was released during the function. The inauguration was followed by a festive procession in the village. A thematic discussion on DALIT HUMAN RIGHTS and DALIT COMMUNITIES was chaired by Premdas (CHC) and the panel included advocate Ravi (local advocate), Subbarayappa (Thamate), Fr. Satish (Vimukti). A cultural programme comprised of various songs by women, dances by Sakhi youth, small play by Chilipili alumni which kept the gathering entertained through the night.
Sports, souvenir, awards – the second day (8th April, 2011): Various rural sports competitions (traditional dance PIYA, lemon race, three-legged race, musical chair, threading the needle etc) were organised for women on the 8th of April, 2011. This was followed by a stage programme, during this the history of JMS was narrated by Chinnamma, the President of JMS. A souvenir on JMS in Kannada was released by Sri Byagwat Basavangowda, ex-MLA. Further Sri Vishwanath Reddy, the sitting Zilla Panchayat member, released the booklet ‘BAADADA HOOGALU’, a life sketch of six people who are being honoured by JMS for their contribution to the empowerment of Dalit Communities; these six persons were (1) Smt Shantamma, 75 was honoured as AMRUTHANANDAMAYI for her unstinted service as a birth attendant (dayi) to all the people around for the last 60 years. (2) Mita Deshpande -H honoured as DALITHA BHAGINI for her efforts and initiating JMS and for her contribution to revive local health tradition by training women as health workers (3) Bhimanna Hire naganur, disciple of late prof. B. Krishnappa (who founded the Dalit Sangharasha Samiti in Karnataka) honoured as DALITHA CHINTAKA for his adherence to the founding values and principles of DSS and Prof. Krishnappa (4) Sri Shantappa Doddi, DSS leader for his leadership to Dalit Movement was honoured as DALITHA KANMANI (5) Smt Mokshamma, co-initiator of Nava Jeevana Mahila Okkoota (NJMO) and for her contribution to organise Devadasis was honoured as DALITA MAHILA MARGADARSHAKI and (6) Sri Paramesh, Dalit journalist for his contribution to the field of Journalism was honoured as SUDDI SAMRATA
Marching Forward – Scholarship Fund for Dalit Girl-students: To mark the decade long journey of women and to move towards the future, Dr. A. R. Vasu, Dr. Bhagyalakshmi, Smt Chinnamma, Smt Mary Danappa launched DALIT GIRL-STUDENTS’ HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND at this occasion. Dr. Kaaren and Dr. Jeph who are public health doctors were remembered for their initial contribution of Rs.1 lakh to this fund. This fund will support some girl students pursuing higher/vocational education after they pass out of 12th standard.
Marching Ahead – Nurturing life (plants) and protecting life (fire): JMS has adopted two-pronged strategy for change and empowerement. Sangharsh (Struggle) for Dignity and Navnirman (creative engagement) for self-reliance. To mark the March Forward, as the symbol of navnirman 10 herbal medicinal plants were planted and as the symbol of struggle for dignity a torch was lit and was passed on from the senior women to the alumni children of Chilipili. FIre also is the symbol of change.
Women and children of Chilipili who had won prizes in various competitions were given prizes at this occasion. JMS also had a raffle draw which was used for fund-raising. Almirah, mixer grinder, table fan and another 100 consolation prizes (steel pots and wall clocks) marked the jubilation at this occasion. The organising and management of food for everyone was spectacularly managed by the women’s food committee. Various other committees of women who worked behind the screen contributed to the success of the occasion. Colur, cheerfulness, smiles, happiness, songs, dances marked the occasion. While the satisfaction and pride of a decade long journey was visible in their smiles, the confidence of accepting the challenges and marching forward too was clear in their gait and faces.

Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan
Near Kenchamma Gudi,
Potnal, Manvi Taluka
Raichur District – 584123 Karnataka – INDIA
email: jms_chiguru@rediffmail.com
Ph: +91 (0)8538-281087