Friday, June 16, 2017

The 33% !

Affirmative action globally has been a way forward to proactively involve people across the society, thereby ensuring opportunities for the sections of the society and empowering the less privileged. Less privileged would encompass economic, social, gender, regional and is not restricted to a certain category.

In India Affirmative action is identified as Reservation, and there have been many debates for and against Reservation, but the truth remains that Reservations indeed has helped the socially background section of the society to join the main stream seamlessly. But there is still a long way to go to ensure socially backward communities to reach a level playing ground.

Reservation for Women in Panchayats, Municipality, Assembly and Parliament has been a very seriously debated issue, even though at Panchayats and Municipality level there is already Reservation for Women and it has given political identity, women in our Assemblies and Parliament is a rare sight! One would have assumed that with political empowerment at the Panchayat and Municipality women would reach Assemblies and Parliament eventually, but it has not been so.

Hence, Reservation for women in Assemblies and Parliament has now reach a point where it’s not only important but immediate requirement too. The % of women in Assemblies and Parliament has been on a decline and much lesser compared to even our neighboring countries. Empowering women politically is the most important step towards seeking a gender equal society. The push towards 33% Reservation in Assemblies and Parliament was made in 2008, but due to the lack of numbers in the Rajya Sabha the Women Reservation Bill that was passed in Lok Sabha lapsed as it could not sail through the Rajya Sabha.

Now the time has come, when both the national parties has promised the passing of the 33% Women Reservation Bill in their manifesto and both have the numbers in LS & RS so the passing of the bill should be just a formality. Bill or no Bill its time political parties start with more representation for women and also consider more women candidates for Assembly and Parliament elections.

With Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress taking the lead with a signature campaign to put pressure on the BJP lead NDA Govt at the center to table the Bill and create a passage to pass the Bill, we hope to see 33% women in our Assemblies and Parliament.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Launch of BBMP Green App

BBMP Green App an initiative by BBMP to involve Citizens in increasing the Green cover by ordering 15 varieties of saplings using the APP, the BBMP Green App was launched on 21th May 2017 by Minister KJ George. 

BBMP intends to given away over 10 lac sapling to the citizens free of cost, there by increasing citizen participation in making the city Green.

Myself and Anil anchored the event and it's indeed a Great initiative, a 1st of its kind in the country!  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Kaagaz Foundation - CEB CSR Initiative

Bapu's quotes are an inspiration and is relevant for generations, his quote, "Be the change you wish to see in the world" puts the onus on each of us to contribute towards a better society. 

Kaagaz Foundation Initiatives, Campaigns and Programs are inspired by Bapu's idea of being the change, and have collaborated across the spectrum to create a positive message and inspire participation. 

As part of the CSR #GartnerGives of CEB Systems worked with Kaagaz Foundation on two key initiatives Environment & Education. "We are grateful for the Corporates who take up their CSR activities to implement at the ground level, participation along with funding is a something which we have been advocating for all the CSR activities" says Kavitha Reddy Trustee Kaagaz Foundation.  

As part of Environment Hosapalya Nursery was selected - Clean-up, Maintenance of the Trees planted last year, Fixing the broken Fence, Planting new Saplings, Temporary Fencing were the activities taken up and completed by the CEB Systems under the guidance of Kaagaz Foundation Team. The participants tolled in the Sun and brought in not just visible change but also an impactful change, leaving behind a better lung-space for the locality.  

Education is a key focus area for the CSR activities, Thomson Public School which caterers to the aspiration of children from low and very low income group was identified. Painting of the Library, setting up of the Library with book shelves, Donating of 200+Books, Donating a water purifier unit, Beautification of the Schools with Plants, Message Boards, Photos, Fixing a Basketball board, Donating Badminton set, Skipping ropes etc was taken up during the half day event.

Over 100 Employees of CEB Systems participated in both the events with great enthusiasm and called it a day after making positive impact and being part of the change.