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  1. 1. Generated by Foxit PDF Creator © Foxit Software http://www.foxitsoftware.com For evaluation only. About FORPI Federation of Rickshaw Pullers of India fondly known as “FORPI” is more than an ordinary unionization of rickshaw pullers. It’s a dream, a thought to be free from shackles of poverty and neglect. The campaign is brainchild of ‘PATH’, founded with the objective for the upliftment of vulnerable sections for their livelihood, especially in Unorganized Urban sector in the city; the organization has initiated a small forum / federation of Rickshaw pullers called “FORPI” (Federation of Rickshaw Pullers of India). Through this federation, PATH has attempted to work in the field of social justice through economic & social empowerment. Proletarians And Tinkers Horde (PATH) is a social enterprise; a voluntary youth Organization founded in the year 2000, and is registered under Societies Registration Act of 1860. Since its inception, the organization has given its contribution in the field of sustainable development over and above sustainable livelihood. With a cluster of like-minded professionals, especially from the field of development sector, the organization has tried to empower the people to become the carrier of their own development as well as the development of the community. It intends to create a network of such individuals in order to maximize the impact of their efforts. We trust that we can make a positive contribution in the holistic development and empowerment of needy section of society through our strong commitment and value driven steps. Recognition of day to day need and subsequent care of the same is primary mandate of this campaign. With the strength of 40 rickshaw pullers the campaign became vocal on 11th of May 2009. The work of FORPI is centered on capacity building instead of charity. FORPI believes that a uniform platform for like minded people with common objectives and issues would enable them to work for the maximum benefit of the target groups. At present, FORPI is active in five states across India, namely, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar with members numbering approximately 2000 while alone in Delhi is 1000 (Approx.). FORPI volunteers hold weekly meeting with Rickshaw Pullers. With these meetings and interaction outside the meeting the volunteers try to know their most common problems. The meetings of FORPI are based on mutual interaction and Rickshaw Pullers are considered as the most integral part of the whole exercise. The emphasis is on unity and zeal to work for common welfare. The meeting includes planning and formulation of strategies to tackle the adverse situations which emerge due to issues related to Injustice, Basic Human rights and the Influence of rich people on the policy makers and local authorities, Insensible costumers and somewhere the self Rickshaw owners also. 1
  2. 2. Generated by Foxit PDF Creator © Foxit Software http://www.foxitsoftware.com For evaluation only. In a nutshell mandate of FORPI includes: 1. Organizing individual as well as small unions of Rickshaw Pullers of India and create a legitimate umbrella for them. 2. Assist organized beneficiaries to get identified officially by Government machinery. 3. Advocacy for their Right to Livelihood, climate justice and deserving human status in the society. 4. Creating co-ordination between Policy Makers, Enforcement Agencies, Municipal Bodies, Tourism and other departments with the representatives of Cycle Rickshaw Pullers. 5. Providing them a helpline Number in every city. 6. Evolving a procedure of three layer identification of migrant’s rickshaw pullers to ensure mutual security. 7. To facilitate patronage to make advance and less effort taking rickshaws available for them. 8. Arrange day and night shelters for rickshaw pullers with the help of Govt. and Municipal Bodies. 9. To use Micro-Credit as a tool for Economic Empowerment of rickshaw pullers, linking them with financial institutions. 10. To ensure them social and financial security. 11. To regularize fares as per distance. 12. To train them for well behavior and motivate them to charge fare as per the standards. 13. To arrange their traffic training and make them proverbial of all traffic rules as well as their certification or licensing. 14. Facilitate augmentation of their financial resources in the process of enabling them to return their debts through various creative means. 15. To introduce ‘Shops on Wheel’ (Chalti – Firti Dukaan) with the help of commercial establishments under Corporate Social Responsibility. 16. With the above vision FORPI has taken a step towards mass attempt for the welfare of Cycle Rickshaw Pullers and for this FORPI has relied on the mutual dialogue between Government and Corporate bodies and Cycle Rickshaw Pullers at the grass root level up till now. 2
  3. 3. Generated by Foxit PDF Creator © Foxit Software http://www.foxitsoftware.com For evaluation only. Spots of intercession of FORPI Each and every resident of India uses Cycle Rickshaws for their means of transport for the short journeys. "Cycle rickshaws are now plying in Oxford, London, Paris and Singapore. In our model project city Delhi the consumers need them for transport; the pullers need them as a source of income, Therefore, we need to ponder about the balance between the chaos get created by the rickshaw pullers and the traffic management system but simultaneously about their unnecessary persecution and financial torture by many including licensing authority. Amongst our several concerns following are those, which is mandatory to be looked after instantaneously: • Review of the licenses, which have already been issued to the Rickshaw Pullers, because most of the licenses belong to the middlemen who rent out Rickshaws. • Issuing the licenses to those rickshaw pullers, who are the citizen of NCT of Delhi for many years and carry Rickshaws from many years. • Use of the transparent methods for the identification of the Licensed Rickshaw Pullers and issuing them the Identity Proof, so that the differentiations could be made easily between the Licensed and Unlicensed. • Regular and proper renewal of the licenses and timely collection of the fee from rickshaw pullers, so that the illegal bribes could not be collected from them, whereas all amount must go to the treasury of the Municipal Corporation. • Develop a dialogue between the Rickshaw Pullers of Delhi and Municipal Corporation of Delhi through FORPI (Federation of Rickshaw Pullers of India). • Traffic Training as well as the Certification of licensed Rickshaw Pullers, so that the chaos on the roads could be minimized and a better Eco Friendly Traffic System could be developed. • Formation of a ‘Core-Committee’ to look after the issues related to the cycle rickshaw pullers with the representation of Municipal Commission of Delhi (MCD), FORPI (Federation of Rickshaw Pullers of India), Ministry of Urban Development, Metro Rail Corporation and Delhi Traffic Police. • Issuing License to those at least who are carrying rickshaw from more than two years, so that their livelihood does not get affected. • Assistance of FORPI to the MCD on maintaining strict implementation of not entering rickshaws in the identified 119 Non Rickshaw Zones of Delhi. • Locate the appropriate space as Rickshaw Stands in the residential locations. • Look after their needs empathetically with preference to the no hindrance traffic system. 3
  4. 4. Generated by Foxit PDF Creator © Foxit Software http://www.foxitsoftware.com For evaluation only. Members Identity: Getting membership of FORPI is a three layer procedure for beneficiary cycle rickshaw pullers:  Producing a local identity proof duly attested by local public representative  Producing an identity proof of permanent residence duly attested by public representative of their permanent residence or current location  Reference by an old member of FORPI An outline of FORPI’s structure: Federation Of Rickshaw Pullers of India Headquarter National Governing Core Committee Council State Governing State Programme Council Manager Zonal Governing Programme Coordinator Council Sector Governing Senior Researcher Council Stand Governing Researcher Council Level – 4 ( 5 – 20 Level – 3 ( 20 – 50 Level – 2 ( 10 – 20 Level – 1 ( 20 – 50 Zones ) Sectors / Colonies) Stands ) Rickshaw Pullers) 4
  5. 5. Generated by Foxit PDF Creator © Foxit Software http://www.foxitsoftware.com For evaluation only. Previous activities of FORPI at a glance: VOLUNTEERS OF FORPI WITH RICKSHAW PULLERS: AN INTERACTION Mandate of FORPI weekly meetings: Trust Unity Participation FORPI volunteers hold weekly meeting with Rickshaw Pullers. With these meetings and interaction outside the meeting the volunteers try to know their most common problems. The meetings of FORPI are based on mutual interaction and Rickshaw Pullers are considered as the most integral part of the whole exercise. The emphasis is on unity and zeal to work for common welfare. Rickshaw Pullers shouts for Green While, the changing mindset of poor rickshaw pullers gives a wake up call to those, who enjoys climate annihilation at the cost of their luxury also hints planners and makers of the world to notice have not class and their environmental rights as well as to think over climate justice. The awakening call of rickshaw pullers was also an alarm to the local administration and municipal bodies, who instead of promoting eco friendly mode of short distance travel, planning to make the millions of them bereft of their livelihood in the process of increasing the comfort of luxury personal vehicle driver in the city. The march of environmental activists demanding Copenhagen Deal in favour of Climate Protection, accompanied by the rickshaw pullers, “Rickshaw Chalao – Dharti Bachao, Climate Ke liye … Bajaao” demanding climate justice, Started from Ramleela Unbelievable but true. Rickshaw Ground at 11.30 and reached Jantar Mantar at Pullers of Delhi, who belongs to FORPI approximately 1.30 pm for final demonstration. (Federation of Rickshaw Pullers of India), has joined hands with the activists of Greenpeace Foundation and other noted organization to raise their voices for pro climate deal of Copenhagen on 12th December 2009 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. Save Rickshaw ... Save Environment Around thousand sanctuaries less Rickshaw pullers, who have been organized under the sunshade of FORPI, now been lively to shelter their mother earth, and ashamed billions of so called educated people, who claims to be elegant citizen and not bothered about the climate threat on human kind over and above all the existing belongings on the Earth. In the answer to a question of local radio channel, Pawan Yadav, a rickshaw puller, states that if educated and civilized populace of our country remains unconcerned to the changing climate scenario, we will have to face major consequences. While Munna Singh, another rickshaw driver speaks about climate justice and says that he and most of his friends are not ready to inhale harmful gases of luxury vehicle for free. 5

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