India is the largest democracy open for all of her citizens belong to different cultures, climates, faiths, languages and regions like any rainbow but at the same time she faces dark clouds looming large over here as sluggish governance, violation of human rights and discrimination for common people. Lok Samiti, a non-political and non-religious people’s group founded by the veteran Sarvodaya leader Jai Prakash Narayan and further strengthened by NBJK and likeminded VOs is working like an advocacy platform active upon issues like local self-governance, women empowerment, rights of PWDs & PWMIEs, community awareness for disaster management, environment, agriculture, government schemes and their delivery mechanism in greater interest. It is active in 26 districts of Jharkhand and Bihar with around 15000 members.
Lok Samiti has many feathers in its cap which brought major changes in our policy set-up like right to work, establishment of women police stations, panchayat election, initiation of outreach mental health camps and entitlements for PWDs etc. Many public figures like Kuldip Nayar, Acharya Rama Murti and V M Tarkunde have supported Lok Samiti due to its strong ideological base, rural linkage and commitment for common people.
Considering social deterioration, Lok Samiti has decided to advocate with people against Liquor and Superstition while promoted Communal Harmony and Policy Reform. This activism resulted as liquor prohibition in Bihar from April’16 and mobilized SHG women as well as women representatives of PRIs in Jharkhand to oppose liquor. Lok Samiti has expanded organizational structure in Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Chandigarh also and proposed a comprehensive 24 points suggestion for policy reform during it’s Executive Committee meeting at Sarnath on 16-17 January, 2016.