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This book is a compilation of articles published in different newspapers and magazines on issues relating to the marginalised communities of Odisha. Manas Jena has been part of people’s movements, rights based work and policy advocacy for building and inclusive Odisha by including the historically marginalised communities in the bottom of socio-economic strata who are left out in the ongoing development process and further pushed into the periphery. Their issues and problems get a very minimal space in media and state policy making process in spite of constitutional mandate to establish equality and ensure equal opportunity in all spear of social, economic and political life. He has tried to highlight the gaps at a different level from policy to programme implementation and also suggested for possible intervention by state and other concern.
The book is divided into three sections which includes towards building economic inclusiveness (access to land, forest, water, credit, budget, wage, and employment, social security and basic services) strengthen inclusive governance and towards social inclusion these three are interconnected and very much require for inclusive development of Odisha.
We hope this book will be used as an instrument in the realisation of the basic rights of the marginalised in Odisha by strengthening people’s movements and struggles and contribute to the process of building of an inclusive, democratic and vibrant Odisha.
Manas Jena, rights based activist, researcher and a democratic voice of Odisha. He has studied major issues affecting common people and he has been strongly advocating for the people's right based on the constitutional mandate of the state.
The focus on concrete issues affecting the poor and the marginalised is a distinct feature of this book. Cases of Dalit Atrocities, problems faced by school kids, insecurity of women workers, livelihood rights of fisher people, rural housing, the ground reality of Public Distribution System, conditions of Adivasis in the mining area, the flawed rehabilitation policy are some of the examples.
The reader will get a closer view of the actual situation of Odisha from this book.