Call for transparency from Government of Karnataka – National Nutrition Mission

Monday, February 06, 2012

Veena Rao IAS,
Officer for Nutrition Mission
Government of Karnataka

Subject: Calling for Transparency, Fairness and Openness in selecting NGOs for the Nutrition Mission AND request to be added in the correspondence list of Civil Society Organisations

Dear Madam,

Greetings from Jana Arogya Andolana Karnataka!

This letter is written in the backdrop of malnutrition and related deaths in the state of Karnatka and Jana Arogya Andolana Karnataka (JAAK)  looks forward to the efforts of the state to introduce the National Nutrition Mission on a priority basis.

JANA AROGYA ANDOLANA KARNATAKA (JAAK) is the Karnataka State circle of international People’s Health Movement (http://www.phmovement.org/en) and the India chapter Jan Swasthya Abhiyan advocating for the dignity and well-being of the oppressed and marginalised, and committed to the health rights of the most disadvantaged. JAAK is a coalition of more than 200 civil society organisations and independent representatives comprising public health professionals, researchers/academicians, social activists, lawyers, grass-root workers,writers and community leaders.

JAAK has already conducted significant work in the area of child malnutrition in Karnataka and has members in several sub-committees under the Department of Women and Child Development, Karnataka. The committee has recently submitted recommendations to the department on key strategies and interventions to address the acute malnutrition crisis and long term recommendations to prevent further occurrences. The documents enclosed for your reference are findings from the rapid survey of severely malnourished children in 11 districts of Karnataka, action points for prevention of malnutrition at the field level and recommendations of the health and nutrition sub-committee.

JAAK is also involved in several research studies with the Karnataka State Health Systems Resource Centre (KSHSRC – the technical support institution with National Rural Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka).

The project “Rapid response to the food price crisis and malnutrition in Karnataka’ through the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) is going to be piloted in Karnataka to address the ‘different levels of the causal chain affecting nutritional outcomes’ by the Government of Karnataka from 2012 to 2015 with pilots (for a year) in three blocks in collaboration with a local NGO partner. In view of  the active role that Jana Arogya Andolana Karnataka has played in the field of nutrition and other key public health issues, JAAK requests to be made part of all correspondence that is done with the civil society organisations and also of the selections done for any project especially in the current proposed Nutrition Mission.

JAAK is aware that some organisations pose themselves as civil society representatives and monopolise government funds and no transparent policy is followed in allocation of funds to these. JAAK is the biggest CIVIL SOCIETY NETWORK in the field of health in Karnataka. We request that all civil society communication be shared with JAAK to avoid monopoly by any one individual or organization. Since JAAK is composed of a coalition of over 200 state and district NGOs in Karnataka, selection of NGO partner will be more democratic and transparent. JAAK would like to know what procedures are you following in selecting NGOs for any kind of project under this mission planned to be implemented through NGOs.

We would also like to express our interest in getting involved in the process of selecting civil society organisations and also call for democratic process, transparency, openness and fairness in the said process.

We Looking forward to hearing from you or meeting with you at the earliest.

With kind regards

Dr. Gopal Dabade – Chairperson JAAK

Advocate E. Premdas – State Working Group Member, JAAK

On Behalf of State Working Group of JAAK

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 11:36
http://www.republicofhunger.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18:transparency&catid=9:press-releases&Itemid=36

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