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VDC council allocated budget for Dalit community

Published Date: 08/28/2017

Summary:

Budget advocacy campaign has created momentum in the community. HRAA of Amahibelha VDC, HR activists and community people participated in Budget planning process for the first time. Some people were selected to seek additional budget for Dalits before the planning was finalized. This was done as Dalits were never informed about budget allocation process. As part of budget formulation process Ward Citizens Forum submitted different plans. Altogether Rs.159275 allocated for three plans meant for Dalits. This included Dalit students’ scholarship (Rs. 45000) Dalit related data collection program (Rs 15000) and electric training (99275).

Challenges:

There was tendency of violating budget formulation process. Usually, plans used to be submitted by elites and allocate budget accordingly. Stakeholders, some political leaders and other people concluded that budget formulation and selection of development projects was not a participatory. Backward and under-privileged communities are always sidelined in this process. That’s why a budget advocacy program was conducted ahead of budget allocation. People came to know about their roles and responsibilities in the planning process. Therefore, HRAA members, activists and all community people are called to participate in planning process.

Initiative:

After budget advocacy, campaign was started in the community. People came to know about their roles and responsibilities in the planning process. Therefore, HRAA members, activists and all community people were called during planning process. Community people realized that they can also participate in budget planning process and claim budget for the development of backward community. Hence, this ignited community people to participate in planning process.

Results:

As a result, people from Dalit community participated in the planning process and the council passed certain plans for development of their community.