Description/achievement of initiative
‘Structured Non – Polluting Last Mile Public Connectivity’ is an important part of ‘Sustainable Transportation’, which could be a major contributor in the move of combating ‘Air & Noise Pollution’ of India and the World. While this sector provides employment to more than 20 million natives as per hypothetical estimation, every rickshaw heaver conserves minimum 2.07 ton carbon dioxide according to the study conducted by Center of Science & Environment, India.
We received pledge of organizations in network to replicate livelihood support practices of sculpt project, which could be implemented using method, found feasible in the same, i.e. – identity of stakeholder community, financial inclusion, social-security covers, cooperative activities, collective bargain, up gradation of cart, capacity building through soft skill & life skill training etcetera but many common and inventive practices requires to be area specific, due to difference in municipal policies, geographical and social arrangement, such as – arrangement of rickshaw stands, rickshaw – parking & night shelter of haulers, solar battery charging kiosks, battery recycling units, rickshaw cab service (using their cooperative), grievance centers etcetera.
This is relevant to mention here that the ‘District Secretariat’ and “District Governing Council” jointly shall be the prime decision making authority as far as implementation of project on ground and dialogue with local authorities are concerned. “State Governing Council” shall look after dialogues, provincial policies and reforms on provincial level, while “National Secretariat” takes care of advocacy for an “Integrated National Policy”, procedural & technological experiments and innovations to be replicated other than monitoring & evaluation.
An sculpt project, has been carried-out for almost eight years, using trial and error method’ to develop apt structure of action to create ‘replicable model’ in a locate, known as ‘Rohini’, which is a sub city of Delhi.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
We are quite hopeful of bringing difference not only in the lives of rickshaw puller and driver community, but also pledge more comfort to passengers and save carbon omission by making this mode of last mile connectivity more comfortable and popular. Creation of various prototypes of ‘rickshaws’, such as – electric and muscle pulled hybrid, solar rickshaws, conversion of muscle pulled in to electric etcetera. The most exceptional experiment was rickshaw sculpt, which have been created by us named as ‘Saur- Hans’. Those solar powered electric rickshaws have also been equipped with facilities. i.e.– LED lights, mobile charging points, food & beverage Box etcetera other than advertizing space on rickshaw to increase income of heaver or driver.
Proposed activities, such as - setting up ‘call-center’ for providing rickshaws on demand, addressing complaint of voyagers, communicating about successful experiments or new innovation and most importantly maintain coordination with rickshaw-pullers through an app, which indicates need through lights and images (most of the rickshaw pullers are either not literate or semi literate) shall be based upon technology.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Formation of ‘Federation of Rickshaw Puller’s Association, popularly and previously known as ‘Federation of Rickshaw Pullers of India’ in itself is a part of projected pattern of coordination mechanism. The members of ‘Governing Council of Federation’ are registered social or community based organization. Federation is a registered unification of NGOs, CBOs, Trade Unions & Cooperatives, who either works or desire to work with ‘Rickshaw Heaver Community’.
Prime carter of proposed and to some extent implemented coordination mechanism are community of ‘rickshaw pullers & drivers’ themselves. The primary integration point is their rickshaw stands and a committee communicates and acts on their behalf. Second integration point is part of the city, called ‘mohalla’ or the whole village which get managed jointly through the leaders of different ‘Stand Governing Council’. We have named them ‘Mohalla or Village Governing Council’. Third integration point is District, get coordinated through ‘District Governing Council’ Jointly with the organization, which has been identified as ‘District Secretariat’ of Federation to maintain coordination with District Administration, Municipal Body and other departments over and above bearing responsibility of maintaining coordination & transparency. ‘District Secretariats’ jointly form ‘State Secretariats’ while they form ‘National Secretariat’ of Federation.
Other than founding organization, which is PATH and other founding partners, such as - Voluntary Health Association of Punjab, Arunoday Sarweshwari Lok Kalyan Samiti, Aai - Baba Bahuudyeshyeey Vyayam Kendra, Sahyogi Sewa Sansthan, Akhil Bhartiya Magasargiya Vikas Mandal, Bal Mandir Samiti, Rashtriya Ekta Evam Vikas Sansthan 350 working and aspiring partners are part of our network.