ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Development for Whom-Critique of Rajasthan Programme

Critique of Rajasthan Programme IN the second week of March 1991, autonomous women's brganisations all over the country received letters from two women's groups in Ajmer district of Rajasthan, viz, Mahila Samooth Kekri and Mahila Samooth Ajmer. The major concern in these letters was the arbitrary dismissal of six women workers from the government-run Women's Development Programme (WDP), five of whom were working in the post of 'sathins' (village level workers) and one as 'pracheta' (their coordinator), According to these letters, of the 40 women from Ajmer district, Rajasthan, who attended the IV National Conference on Women's Movement in India, at Calicut in December 1990, 17 had represented Mahila Samooth Kekri, a local women's group in the nine villages of the Kekri Panchayat Samiti. These women had paid their own fare to and from Calicut and had taken active part in the discussion and programmes at the conference. Ten of these women were also employees WDP.

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