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BS Reporter  |  New Delhi 

Voice of the people
Voice of the People, an organisation of communities from 19 districts and 51 blocks, took out a rally in Allahabad last week with a charter of demands addressed to Chief Minister Mayawati.
These communities were formed a decade ago when CRY mobilised them on issues of child labour, minimum wages and other rights.
They raised their voice for child rights and connected to a wider spectrum of human rights "" the right to land for landless labourers, and free electricity, water, manure and seeds for farmers. The community of forest dwellers sought right to land and access to medical treatment.
NGO to teach companies
NGO PRIA has announced courses for NGOs, academicians, and companies in gender issues, panchayati raj, occupational health and a series of other areas of interest to people working in the social sector.
PRIA founder Rajesh Tandon said that the three-month courses through distance education were of as much use to companies serious about corporate social responsibility as to teachers or NGOs or students.
Jaago India launch
Tata Tea and jaagoindia.org have announced the formation of a foundation called the Jaago India Foundation to awaken social awareness among the Indian youth. Finance Minister P Chidambaram will launch the foundation on October 2
Microfinance meet
The 4th Microfinance India Conference 2007, to be held on October 9 in New Delhi, will highlight the unique success of the Indian microfinance sector, specifically the role of the formal financial sector in providing financial services to the poor.
The theme for this year's conference, organised by NGO Microfinance India, is "Formal Financial Institutions and Microfinance "" The Challenges of Depth and Breadth".
RTI reviewed
The National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI) organised a national review of the RTI Act to mark the completion of two years since its introduction, this weekend in Delhi.
Activists involved in the NCPRI programme, including Aruna Roy, Shekhar Singh, Nikhil Dey, organised the review in place of a national convention earlier scheduled to be held in Ranchi.

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First Published: Tue, October 02 2007. 00:00 IST
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