To

Shri Ram Vilas Paswan

Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Government of India

13 April 2020

Dear Sir,

Universalize the Public Distribution System to avoid further hunger and starvation

On behalf of the Right to Food Campaign we appeal to you to urgently make the availability of rations under the Public Distribution System (PDS) universal in such a manner that any person/household that approaches a fair price shop (FPS) can get a package of grains, pulses and cooking oil to avoid widespread hunger and starvation. The national lockdown that was imposed has resulted in loss of livelihoods to millions of poor and working people across the country. The Campaign received reports of widespread hunger from urban and rural areas across the country, and also starvation deaths in Bihar, Hyderabad, Jharkhand, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh. Supply chains were broken and access to markets has also become more difficult. Despite administrative measures, food inflation and spiralling prices of even essential items are with us to stay.

The relief measures announced by the Government of India under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) are hugely inadequate in responding to the need. Of utmost concern is the fact that the free rations that have been announced are only for those who already have ration cards under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), thereby excluding a large number of people. The NFSA covers only 67% of the population (on average 75% in rural areas and 50% in urban areas). Even this is based on the population figures from the 2011 Census (1.24 billion) resulting in a coverage of 83 crore people. With population increase it is estimated that as of 2020, population in India would be around

1.38 billion. Therefore, even by the NFSA mandated coverage at least 92 crore people, i.e. an additional 9 crore persons would need to be included. It has to be further kept in mind that based on PLFS data it is estimated that 81.7% of people in the country earn less than 18,000 per month (68% earn less than Rs. 12,000 per month), which is even less than the minimum wage recommended by 7th Pay Commission. In the current context of increased unemployment post the lockdown the situation would be worse.

We wish to further reiterate that a very large section of those who do not have ration cards include some of the most vulnerable sections of society, such as migrants, homeless people, old persons, DNT tribes, young children and so on. As we have been pointing out time and again, it is only a universal system along with additional measures which will be able to reach the most vulnerable. In the last few years, in every state, thousands of people who have been trying to get a ration card have been told that the ‘quotas’ for the state are exhausted. We therefore urge you to make the PDS entitlements for six months at least universal in coverage in the sense that no person who approaches a ration shop for free

grains should be denied the same for lack of ration cards. Universal schemes tend to have lower leakages and minimal exclusions. Universal PDS in states such as Tamil Nadu has resulted in the rich self-selecting themselves out of the system because the opportunity cost of standing in the line and the relatively inferior quality of grain are not worth their taking the benefits. If everyone has access to the free rations, the possibility of selling the same grain in black is also reduced.

The following are some of the points we would like to bring to your notice in this regard:

  1. The relief that has been announced of additional 5 kgs of free grains and inclusion of pulses has not yet reached most states due to the lockdown having caused the breakdown in the transportation system and the delay is not acceptable, given the acute distress people are facing.
  2. Some states have announced their own measures, such as additional 2.5kgs of grain in Delhi for ration card holders, free grain for Antyodaya ration cardholders in Uttar Pradesh, 5 kg of free wheat, 1 kg of rice, 1 kg dal, 0.5 kg oil and salt in Rajasthan for non-NFSA households and West Bengal is giving 5 kg of free foodgrains to all NFSA ration cardholders and 19% of population with these ration cards. These need to be seen as an add on, and the central allocation of additional 5kg per head must still reach people.
  3. In some states, such as Delhi, it has been announced that those who do not have NFSA ration cards will also be given rations. However, the online application system put in place for this is cumbersome and not workable. In Rajasthan the non-NFSA beneficiaries are being subjected to a survey, which is so slow and the different district administrations have come up with ridiculously small numbers. Based on this experience, we reiterate that what we need now is a mechanism where no person is rejected and is given ration without needing to apply for fresh cards. Ration shopkeepers can put marks with indelible ink on people’s hands to prevent people from taking ration more than once.
  4. State governments that are expanding their PDS coverage and quantity must be encouraged and given additional allocations from the central pool for free or at NFSA prices so that they can immediately ensure that these entitlements reach people.

We demand that the Ministry of Food and Public Distribution, act upon our demands, which are as follows:

  • Expand the PDS to cover every individual, irrespective of whether they have a ration card, with 10kg of grain, 1.5kg pulses and 800gms cooking oil per month per person for at least six months. There are 77 million tonnes of foodgrain stocks in the FCI godowns (including the unmilled paddy) – thrice the buffer stock norms. Once the procurement of the Rabi crop is completed, it is expected that another 35-40 million tonnes will be added. As per the PIB release, about 2.5 million tonnes have been released after the lockdown, to meet the requirements of the relief measures. It is therefore imminently possible and also urgently required to universalise the PDS.
  • Ensure cooked food and running of community kitchens/feeding centres in urban areas to address the needs of migrant, unorganised sector workers, and the homeless and destitute populations.

Provisioning of dry rations to all intrastate and interstate migrant workers who are very food insecure.

Endorsements:

Organisations/Institutions/Campaigns

  1. Adivasi Adhikar Samiti
  2. Anna Adhikar Abhiyan, Maharashtra
  3. Anna Suraksha Adhikar Abhiyan, Gujarat
  4. Association for India’s Development (AID), USA
  5. Association for India’s Development (AID), Bengaluru
  6. Association of Bengal Collaborators for Development
  7. Bal Suraksha Abhiyan Trust
  8. Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha
  9. Barmer Lok Adhikaar Network
  10. Child Rights Trust, Bengaluru
  11. Durbar Mahila, Samanwaya Committee
  12. Feminist Policy Collective
  13. Gitaldaha Bikas Samiti
  14. Gyan Vigyan Samiti Jharkhand
  15. Health Watch Forum
  16. Human Life Development & Research Center
  17. Human Rights Law Network
  18. Islampur Ramkrishnapally Rural Welfare Society
  19. Jagrukta Mahila Okkuta Community Organisation
  20. Jan Swasthya Abhiyan
  21. Jharkhand Nrega Watch
  22. Kudari Daudi Shakti Sangathan (KDSS), Vaishali, Bihar
  23. Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan
  24. Malda Sahayogita Samiti
  25. Mahila Punervaas Samooh Samiti, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  26. Nari o Shishu Kalyan Kendra
  27. New Trade Union Initiative
  28. Pally Samaj Gram Unnayan Samity
  29. Paschim Banga Khet Majdoor Samity
  30. Rajasthan mahila Kaamgaar Union, Jaipur
  31. Right to Food Campaign
  32. Sahyog
  33. Samsia Rural Health and Economic Development Society
  34. Soochana Evam Rozgar Abhiyan
  35. SEWA Bharat
  36. Sewa kendra, Siliguri, West Bengal
  37. Shramajivi Mahila Samiti
  38. Shripur Mahila-O-Khadi Unnayan Samiti
  39. The ANT, Assam
  40. Tribes Right Protection Cell
  41. Uttar Bangal Chai Mazdoor Adhikar Manch
  42. Udayani Social Action Forum
  43. Uparmaal Mazdoor Kisaan Sangathan, Bhilwara, Rajasthan
  44. Vikalaang Aandolan 2016 Sangahrsh Samiti, Rajasthan

Individuals: endorsed by more than 400 individuals

  1. Aaditeshwar Seth, Gram Vaani & IIT Delhi
  2. Aakanksha Kaushik
  3. Abha and Rajeev KhandelwalAajeevika Bureau
  4. Abhijit, Hyderabad
  5. Abhinash DC
  6. Aditi Mehta, Retired Bureaucrat
  7. Aditi Arur
  8. Aditya Naik, Freelance android developer, Goa
  9. Aditya Roy
  10. Aditya Shrivastava, CSO Support Cell
  11. Aiyni, Sahayata-O-Shramik Krishak Kalyan Kendra, West Bengal
  12. Ajay Mahajan Vividhara, New Delhi
  13. Ajitha George, Researcher and Social Activist, Ranchi
  14. Akhil Chaudhary, PUCL
  15. Alaka Rao       Doctor and RUWA
  16. Albertina Almeida, Goa
  17. Ali, Laxmi Nagar, New Delhi
  18. Alka Rao, Doctor and RUWA
  19. Ambarish Rai, RTE Forum
  20. Ambika Das, Social activist, Wests Singhbhum, Jharkhand
  21. Amita De, Shramajibi Mahila Samity
  22. Amita Kanekar, Goa
  23. Amrita Jain
  24. Amrita Johri
  25. Amrita Sunita Anand, Goa
  26. Anchal Sondhi , Dehradun
  27. Ancy, NGO Gulni
  28. Anika Juneja, Ranchi
  29. Aniket Zodpey
  30. Anil, BGVS    Rajasthan
  31. Anindita Adhikari, Doctoral student, Brown University
  32. Anita Mathur    Azad Foundation
  33. Anita Rego, Independent, Hyderabad
  34. Anita Vachharajani, Individual, Mumbai
  35. Anitha, Institute of Social Service, New Delhi
  36. Anjali Bhardwaj
  37. Anjali SG
  38. Anjali St Joseph’s, Puranpur
  39. Anjana Thampi, O P Jindal Global University, Panipat
  40. Anjor Bhaskar, Azim Premji University
  41. Ankita Aggarwal, City University of New York
  42. Ankita Mathur, Azad Foundation
  43. Anna Joseph
  44. Annie Raja
  45. Anomita Sen, New Delhi
  46. Anthoniraj Thumma, Federation of Telugu Churches, Secunderabad
  • Anuradha Marwah, Ajmer Adult Education Association
  • Anuradha Talwar, West Bengal
  • Aparna Choudhary, Bengaluru
  • Apurva Bamezai
  • Arati Roy, Bar Council of India, Mumbai
  • Arati Chowksey, Bengaluru
  • Arindam Banerjee, Shramajibi Samanwaya Committee
  • Arjun S
  • Arun Kumawat Navachar Sansthan
  • Aruna Rodrigues
  • Aruna Roy, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), Rajasthan
  • Arundhati Dhuru, NAPM, Lucknow
  • Arvind Ojha, Urmul Trust, Bikaner
  • Asawari Nayak, Goa
  • Asgar Ali, Nssc, Deoria
  • Asha Kalra, Children and Women Welfare Society
  • Ashish Kothari, Pune
  • Ashok Khandelwal
  • Ashok Yadav and Richa Audichya     Jan Chetna Manch
  • Ashrifi, RTFC Jharkhand
  • Asmi, Student, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Delhi
  • Asokendu Sengupta, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Augusto Pinto, Concerned citizen, Goa
  • Aiyni, Sahayata-O-Shramik Krishak Kalyan Kendra, West Bengal
  • Aysha
  • Babita
  • Barbara Harriss-White, Oxforď Universitý, UK
  • Beena Jadhav
  • Bhanwar lal Kumawat CES
  • Bhanwar Singh Chadana, Aastha Sansthan
  • Bharat Vishakha: women’s documentation and resource centre
  • Bhaskar MV, Chennai
  • Bhavreen Kandhari, Citizen support, South East & North East
  • Bibhu Prasad Mohapatra, Independent Researcher, Delhi
  • Bidyut, Odisha
  • Bina Agarwal, Manchester & Delhi
  • Binni, Ekal Nari Sangthan, Jharkhand
  • Biplab Mukherjee, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Bobby Ramakant, Spokesperson, SP(I)
  • Brijmohan, SARD
  • Brita, UP
  • Bulal, Rajasthan Asangthit Mazdoor Union
  • Chacko Thomas, Teacher, Nalgonda
  • Chaitanya, PhD scholar, Delhi
  • Chandra Kala, ENSS
  • Charu Soni, Journalist, Delhi
  • Charul Bharwada, Loknaad, Ahmedabad
  • Chaya Pancholi Prayash, Centre For health Equity
  • Chetan Ram, Urmul
  • Chetna Bharti, Jharkhand
  • Chhaya Pachauli, Centre for Health and Equity, Jaipur
  • Chirag, Buxar
  • Chirashree Ghosh
  • Cynthia Mathew, Bihar
  • D S Paliwal, Janwadi Mazdoor union, Udaipur
  • Debmalya, Nrega Sangharsh Morcha
  • Deepa Kurup
  • Deepak Kalra, Umang
  • Deepak Kumar, Public Health Professional, Jharkhand
  • Deepika Joshi, Researcher, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Chhattisgarh
  • Deepika, Free lancer, Patna
  • Dev Desai, Social activist, ANHAD, Gujarat
  • Devanshi Kukadia
  • Devika Singh
  • Devika Shetty
  • Diana Dias, Wajood, Goa
  • Dilshad Sutar
  • Dinesh, CASA
  • Dipa Sinha, Ambedkar University
  • Dipti Arolkar, Margao, Goa.
  • Dr Padma, CES, Jaipur
  • Dr Vidit Panchal, Private practitioner, Indore
  • Dr. Asha Kaushik, Rajasthan University Women’s Association
  • Dr. Laad Kumari Jain, Rajasthan University Women’s Association
  • Dr. Malti Gupta, Retired Doctor
  • Dr. M. Iqbal Siddiqui, State General Secy. Jamaat-E-Islami Hind, Rajasthan
  • Dr. Maya Tandon, Retired Doctor
  • Dr. Niranjanaradhya, Centre for Child and the Law, NLSIU
  • Dr. Pawan Surana, Rajasthan University Women’s Association
  • Dr. Pritam Pal PUCL
  • Dr. Sharada Jain, Sandhaan RAEA Educationist
  • Dr. Sunil Kaul, Managing Trustee
  • Dr. Sylvia Karpagam, Public Health doctor
  • Dr.Meeta Singh PUCL and Foundation for the Dignity of the Girl Child
  • Dylan DSouza, Mumbai
  • Edwin Mascarenhas
  • Elsa Muttathu
  • Erica Lobo, Nirmala Institute, Churchgate, Mumbai
  • Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar and National Executive Member, SP(I)
  • Fakkir Hulokottal
  • Fatima
  • Favita Dias, SJAC, Curtorim, Goa
  • Feroz Khan, Hadoti Media Resource Centre
  • Florence Mendes, Goa
  • Fr Savio Gomes, Panjim, Goa.
  • Frederika Menezes, Writer, Panjim, Goa
  • Ganga Ram Paikra, Convenor, RTFC
  • Gaurav Singh, RTFC, Chhattisgarh
  1. Gautam Minz, Social activist, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand
  2. Gautam Mody, New Trade Union Initiative
  3. Geraldine Fernandes, Goa
  4. Gitaldaha Bikas Samiti
  5. Gloria
  6. Gopa Khan, Counselor, Mumbai
  7. Greta Lopes, Mumbai
  8. Gurpreet Sidhu, NCR/Goa
  9. Guru Moorthy, Spokesperson, SP(I)
  10. Gurumoorthy Mathrubhutham, Sochara Bengaluru
  11. Harkesh Bugaliya, Rajasthan Nirman and General workers Union
  12. Harsh Mander
  13. Hugh Netto, Assagao, Goa
  14. Indira Pancholi Mahila Jan Adhkar Samiti
  15. Jahnvi Andharia, Delhi
  16. James Herenj
  17. Jashodhra Dasgupta
  18. Jawahar Mehta
  19. Jawahar Singh Dagur, Prayas
  20. Jayshree Vencatesan, Managing Trustee. Care Earth Trust, Chennai
  21. Jeevika Shiv
  22. Jennifer Fernandes, Housewife, Mumbai
  23. Jitendra Ratwani, Mumbai
  24. Johanna lokhande, Chairperson, Jan Sangharsh Manch
  25. Jose Kallely, Indian, Kusumkot
  26. Josephine, CWSN, Chennai
  27. Jothi SJ, Right To Food/ Work Campaign, West Bengal
  28. Judith Almeida, Concerned citizen, Goa
  29. K. Lalita, President, Anveshi Centre for Women’s Studies, Hyderabad, Telangana
  30. K. Satyavti, Social Activist, Hyderabad
  31. Kadma Banra, Social worker, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand
  32. Kailash Kumbhakar, Academy for Socio Legal Studies
  33. Kailash Meena, PUCL and NAPM
  34. Kalamuddin Ansari, Tameer E Insaniyat, Gadwa, Jharkhand
  35. Kamal Tak, RTI Manch
  36. Kamayani Bali mahabal, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Mumbai
  37. Kanchan Asarani
  38. Kanchan Mathur, Women Studies Consultant
  39. Karuna Mahila Jan Adhkar Sangathan
  40. Karuna, M.RD, Consultant Chennai
  41. Kathyayini Chamaraj, Executive Trustee, CIVIC, Bengaluru
  42. Kavita Srivastava, PUCL
  43. Kirity Roy, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), West Bengal
  44. Komal Srivastava, Bharat Gyan vigyan Samiti
  45. Kripal Singh, Mandloi Khudai Kihidmatgar
  46. Kusum Saiwal AIDWA
  47. Lal Singh, School for Democracy
  48. Lata, SURE
  49. Laveena Fernandes, New Delhi
  1. Laxmi S Wagle, Goa.
  2. Lissy Joseph, CFTUI, Hyderabad
  3. Loresina Fernandes
  4. Lubna Sarwath, General Secretary, SP(I), Telangana
  5. Lumina Almeida, Seraulim, Goa.
  6. Madhu, PUCL
  7. Magdalene Almeida, Nirmala Seva Society, Gujarat, Dt Ahmedabad
  8. Maggie, Nirmala Niketan Institute, Mumbai
  9. Mahananda Talwar
  10. Mahnoor, The People, Hyderabad
  11. Malay Prayatn Sanstha
  12. Malini Subramaniam, Independent Journalist, Hyderabad
  13. Mamta Jaitley, Vividha Features, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  14. Man Singh Sisodia, Wagad Mazdoor Sangathan
  15. Manju, FORUM
  16. Manjula Pradeep
  17. Maria Fernandes, Cuddalore, TN
  18. Mazher Hussain, Executive Director, COVA, Hyderabad
  19. Meera Samghamitra, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Hyderabad
  20. Melna, Family, Goa
  21. Merlyn Dsa, Municipal Corporator
  22. Mewa Bharti, Domestic Workers Union
  23. Michelle, Education, Mumbai
  24. Mihika Noronha, Bangalore
  25. Milan Vaingankar, Concerned Citizen, Goa
  26. Minakshi, NFIW
  27. Minakshi Rajdev, Dialogue Empathic Engagement and Peacebuilding (DEEP), Goa
  28. Minar Pimple
  29. Mira Bhayander
  30. Mithilesh Kumar, Coordinator, DAAA-NCDHR, Jharkhand
  31. Mohammed Hasan, Independent Academic
  32. Mohammed Jahiruddin, Uttar Dinajpur Sangrami Biri Shramik Union
  33. Mohammed Nazimuddin, Jamait-e-Islami Hind
  34. Mohd Arif, NIRDPR Hyderabad
  35. Mohd. Mahmood, Aman Biradari, Bihar
  36. Mridula Bajaj
  37. Mudita Vidhrohi
  38. Mujahid Nafees, Gujarat
  39. Mukesh, Asangatith Mazdoor Union
  40. Mukta srivastava
  41. Mukto Kantho, Mahila Samity
  42. Munnalal, Socialist Mazdoor Sabha, UP
  43. Nachiket Udupa
  44. Nagraj Adve, Activist, Delhi
  45. Nanajee Valluri, National Workers Welfare Trust, Kakinada, AP
  46. Nandini Dey, NIRDPR, Hyderabad
  47. Nandini Nayak
  48. Nandini Rao
  49. Nandita de Souza, Pediatrician, Goa
  • Nandita Narain Delhi University
  • Narayan Kharade, Concerned citizen, Goa
  • Narendra Gupta Prayas, Devgarh
  • Naresh K. Sharma, University of Hyderabad
  • Naveen Sampath Krishna
  • Nawasha Mishra
  • Neelaiah, Right to Food campaign, Karnataka.
  • Neelam Singh, Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development (Forrad), New Delhi
  • Neelanjana, Public Health Resource Network, Chhattisgarh
  • Neelapu Kanaka Rao, National President, Confederation of Free Trade Unions of India
  • Neeta Hardikar, Anna Suraksha Adhikar Abhiyan, Gujarat
  • Neeta Mahadevia
  • Neeta Ratwani, Mumbai
  • Neha Shah
  • Nesar Ahmad, BARC
  • Nidhi, Delhi
  • Nigel
  • Nikhil Dey, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), Rajasthan
  • Nilesh Jain, Cement Collective, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh
  • Nimisha Desai
  • Nimmi Chauhan
  • Niraj Singh, Socialist Yuvjan Sabha
  • Nirja Mishra
  • Nirjhari Sinha, Gujarat
  • Nirmala Rebello, Goa
  • Nirmala, Lohardaga, Jharkhand
  • Nisha Sidhu, National Federation Indian Women
  • Nishat Hussein National Muslim Women’s welfare society
  • Niyati Kukadia
  • Noor Mohammad, AMIED
  • Noorjahan Diwan
  • Olga Netto, Counsellor, Assagao, Goa.
  • P.L. Mimroth and Satish         CDR
  • Pallavi Sobti Rajpal, Utthan
  • Pankti Jog, Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel
  • Pannalal Surana, Socialist Party (India)
  • Paul Lakra, Human Life Development & Research Centre, Siliguri, Darjeeling
  • PC Rath, Raipur
  • Persis Ginwalla
  • Philomena Fernandes, Concerned Citizen, Goa
  • Prabhu Prasad Mohapatra, Department of History, University of Delhi
  • Prabir KC, SHRC, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
  • Prabodh Nanda, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
  • Pradnya Deshpande, Psychologist
  • Prajval Shastri, Astrophysicist, Bengaluru
  • Prakash Kashwan, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Prakriti, Student, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
  • Prantosh Bandopadhyay, Jana Sanghati Kendra
  • Preeti Sampat
  • Prem Krishan Sharma, PUCL and Academy for Socio Legal Studies
  • Prem Prakash Oraon, Van Jeevan Gramin Vikash Samiti , Jharkhand
  • Prem Prakash Verma, Convenor, Jharkhand Nagrik Prayas
  • Priyanka Borpujari, International Christian University, Tokyo
  • Priyanshu Gupta, IIM, Calcutta
  • Prof Anuradha Chenoy
  • Prof Kamal Chenoy
  • Purbayan Chakraborty, Karnataka State Law University
  • Purshottam Dass Bhatt, Delhi
  • Purwa Kushwaha, Independent and Translator
  • Pushpa Kali
  • Pushpendra, TISS Patna
  • R. Padmini, Child’s Rights Trust (CRT), Bengaluru
  • Rabin Chakraborty, Kolkata
  • Rachana Bhavnani
  • Radhika Desai, Hyderabad
  • Rahul Varman Professor, IIT, Kanpur
  • Raj Kumar Dogra NIFW
  • Rajalakshmi Sriram
  • Rajender kumar, Delhi
  • Rajendran Narayanan, Asst, Professor, Azim Premji University
  • Rakesh Ranjan
  • Rakhi C.F.A.R, Jaipur
  • Rakhi Sehgal, Shramik Kendra, Gurgaon
  • Ram, Panipat
  • Rama S.Melkote, Former state advisor on food security, Prof. (Retd.),Osmania University
  • Ramesh, Sankalp
  • Ramesh Asher, Film Maker, PUCL
  • Ramkaran ji, S.W.R.C.
  • Ramlal Bhatt, Uttarakhand
  • Rashid Hussain Helping Hands
  • Rashmi Patni, Historian
  • Rathaur, Coordinator- MGNREGA Majdoor Union Rajatalab, Varanasi
  • Ravi Chaturvedi, Urmul
  • Ravinder Kumar, Humana People to People India, Narela Delhi
  • Rebecca Mathai, Concerned citizen, Hyderabad
  • Renita
  • Renu Khanna
  • Renuka Pamecha, Women’s Rehabilitation Group
  • Reshma
  • Richa Jan Chetna
  • Richa Singh, Sangtin Kishan Majdoor Sangthan Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh
  • Richa, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Delhi
  • Rikta Krishnaswamy, DYFI, New Delhi
  • Rita Dey Pereira, Vasco, Goa.
  • Roopa Naik, Spoorthy
  • Rosamma Thoma, Journalist, Pune
  • Rubeena Khatun, Humsafar, Lucknow
  • Sabina Martins
  • Sachin Jain, Madhya Pradesh
  • Sakina Dhorajiwla
  • Samar Kanrar, Hosiery Workers Unity Centre
  • Sameet Panda, Odisha Khadya Adhikar Abhijan
  • Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party (India), UP
  • Sandhya Srinivasan, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, Mumbai
  • Sangeeta Sahu
  • Sannybhai, Lok Manch, Delhi
  • Sanyukta Saha, Aagaaz Theatre Trust, New Delhi
  • Saranga Ugalmugle, Advocate, High Court, Mumbai
  • Sasmita Jena , RTF, Jharkhand
  • Savitri Ray, Individual, Delhi
  • Sawai Singh, Rajasthan Samgra Seva Sangh
  • Sayantoni Dutta, Researcher, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Sejal Dand
  • Shabnam Aziz, Hunger Project
  • Shailesh Nagar, Delhi
  • Shakeel, Basti Suraksha Manch
  • Shakuntala, Rajsamand Mahila Manch
  • Shama, Mumbai
  • Shambhu Ghatak, Inclusive Media for Change Project, New Delhi
  • Shankar Singh, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), Rajasthan
  • Shantha Sinha
  • Sharada Gopal, Right to food campaign, Karnataka
  • Sheba George
  • Sheetal Pradeep
  • Shilpa Kolkar
  • Shishupal, Barabanki
  • Shobha Bajpai Dsilva, Reay Road, Dockyard Mankhurd east and west
  • Shobhita Rajagopal, IDS Director
  • Shrinidhi Datar, Doctor Sewagram, Wardha
  • Shubha Jindel PUCL
  • Shuka Jain, Delhi
  • Shyam Lal Menariya Astha
  • Siddharth Chakravarty, The Research Collective, Delhi.
  • Siraj Dutta
  • Sister Carol     Sasvika, Ajmer
  • Sita Ram, Sakhi Apni Bachat Ghar Yojna Mahila Manch samiti
  • Smita Pandya Gandhi
  • Snehal Shah, Delhi
  • Solomon
  • Soma KP, MAKAAM, Delhi
  • Somnath Ghosh, Asanghtait Kshetra Shramik Sangrami Manch
  • Sonal Mehta
  • Sonia Pereira, Advocate, Goa
  • Sophia Fernandes, Mangalore
  • Sophia Khan
  • Stan Swamy, Ranchi
  • Sowmya Kidambi, Hyderabad
  • Sr Marisha, St Joseph’s, Puranpur
  • Sr Sudeepti, St Joseph’s, Puranpur
  • Sr. Pragya, Fathua, Patna
  • Sr.Kiran CJ, St.Joseph’s Convent, Provincial House Digha Ghat. Patna
  • Sreesankar, AIPSN, Kerala
  • Sudeshna Sengupta
  • Sudha N, St Joseph’s, Puranpur Independent, Bengaluru
  • Sudha Reddy, CCL NLSIU, Bangalore
  • Sudha Shankar, New Delhi
  • Sudha Thomas,
  • Sudipta Banerjee, Director, Sikshan Foundation
  • Suhas Kolhekar, NAPM
  • Sujata, Member, Odisha
  • Sujoy Bhattacharya, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
  • Suman Devathia, All India Dalit Mahila Manch
  • Suman Sahai, Gene Campaign
  • Sumitra Chopra AIDWA
  • Sunetra Deshpande
  • Sunita Bandewar, Health Ethics and Law Institute, Mumbai &Vidhayak Trust, Pune
  • Sunita, UP
  • Surabhi Agarwal, Spokesperson, SP(I)
  • Suresh
  • Survita Khatri, Department of History, Deshbandhu College ,Delhi University, Delhi
  • Susan Abraham, Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development, New Delhi
  • Sushila Chouhan, Sampark Sansthan
  • Susie Tharu, Retd teacher, Hyderabad
  • Suvarna Kuthale
  • Svati Joshi
  • Swapan Ganguly, Asanghtait Kshetra Shramik Sangrami Manch
  • Swarnali, Delhi
  • Swayam
  • Swati Narayan
  • Sweta Dash
  • Syed Firoz, Business, Delhi
  • Syed Tahseen Ahmad, State President, SP(I), Delhi
  • Tahir Noronha, Goa
  • Tapojoy, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM)
  • Teresa Kotturan, Sisters of Charity Federation          United States
  • Ujaan Chandra
  • Ulka Mahajan
  • Umakant, Independent scholar and Human rights activist, Delhi
  • Urvashi G., Nirantar Centre for Gender and Education, New Delhi
  • Vandana Mahajan
  • Vandana Prasad, Doctor, Noida
  • Vanita Keswani, Mumbai
  • Vanita Leah Falcao, Researcher, King’s College London
  • Varsha Mehta, Independent, New Delhi
  • Varsha P.
  • Vasudha, Sawaiker Research Scholar, Goa University.
  • Vidyun Sabhaney, New Delhi
  • Vijay Goal, RIHR
  • Vijay Lakshmi Joshi, PUCL
  • Vijaylakshmi, PUCL
  • Vikas Sahyog Kendra
  • Vinay Baindur, Researcher
  • Vinay Jha, Concerned Citizen, Jharkhand
  • Vinay Mahajan, Loknaad, Ahmedabad
  • Vipul Kumar, Odisha
  • Vipul Pinjra
  • Virendra Singh Malik, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan Haryana, Rohtak
  • Virginia Saldanha, Mumbai
  • Vishwambhar Tripathi
  • Vishwanath Singh, State General Secretary
  • Vriti, Bengaluru

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