What do NGOs do?
It’s not just strikes and demonstrations that NGOs get involved in to ensure that rights of the people particularly marginalized ones are not violated and justice is given to them, but they also indulge in several other related activities which promise a better place to live in for all, specially the downtrodden ones. Lets just explore the various ways they undertake to do so.
Primarily NGOs or Civil Society Organizations engage in activities that aim to give every person a right to live with dignity which in turn gives way to score of initiatives that are undertaken to ensure the former objective. Firstly, NGOs try to create awareness among the masses or more-so-often the underprivileged about their rights and means to exercise them, the various schemes run by the government for their good and attached legalities. Secondly, they conduct surveys on various issues to assess the ground realities which help not only to get glimpse of the real condition but also acts as a tool for awareness as while giving their answers respondents get to know various rights they are entitled to. Thirdly, they make efforts to give the people from neglected sections of the society a say in the larger political processes and thus give them their much deserved decision-making powers mainly by collecting views of people in form of case studies to make them part of policy advocacy.
Right to Information Act and Right to Food are the best examples of such a movement being run across the country which also helped in consolidating the trust in democratic processes. They put in their immense efforts in making room for effective and efficient implementation of government programmes as well as in monitoring to curb the corruption wherein they pitch in for enhanced community participation and a bottom-up approach. They conduct workshops, regular meetings, training programs, held street plays and conventions to espouse their cause. They encourage the people who otherwise don’t interact with other sections of the society much to raise their voices against any injustice being done. Another major aspect has been to increasing stress being put on for an effective and people-friendly grievance redressal mechanism in place.