The Hunger Project | How the women found their voice4 min read 01 Nov 2013, 07:45 PM IST
Through training and support, this organization is helping women in panchayats to have their say
Chandrama Karji is the sarpanch of a panchayat in Odisha’s Gajapati district. She may be illiterate but she knows she has rights. Earlier this year, she steadfastly refused permission to open a liquor shop in her area, despite all kinds of persuasion and intimidation. “Four times the excise department officials came, the brewers came, even the police came," says Karji. “The brewers offered ₹ 1 lakh. The policeman said the government gives you rice and grains at ₹ 1 or ₹ 2 a kilogram, how do you think they will keep that up if you don’t let them earn some money through the alcohol shop? But I did not budge."
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