The day began with an optional Eucharist presided over by Father Godfrey D’Souza, Salesian Provincial Mumbai after which the participants proceeded to the auditorium, for the introductions and the welcome address. Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Director of DBDS) welcomed the gathering and also thanked all of them for taking time-out and being present for the capacity building workshop. Father Godfrey then gave a motivating inaugural address and welcomed the main facilitator for the workshop Father Thomas Pallithanam, National Convenor of the “Wada Na Todo Abhiyan”, an internationally renowned Rights Activist for over 3 decades.
Father Thomas thereafter presented the ‘Sustainable Development Goals: A Constitutional Perspective’ interspersed with experiential nuggets and personal reminiscences. He expounded the 17 goals as promulgated with 169 targets to be achieved by 2030, with a 5-P plan of people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. The post-break session witnessed a group interaction with participants proposing newer avenues that could be explored for future implementation.
Post-Lunch, each of the partner agencies presented their ‘Comprehensive Activity Reports’ dwelling on the actual working towards the achieving of the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ thus far. The reports showcased the identification of various Central Government Schemes, namely, the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, the Atal Pension Yojana, the Targeted Public Distribution System, the Integrated Child Development Service, the National Food Security Act, the Indira Awaas Yojana, the MGNREGA, the National Skill Development Mission, the SWADHAR 2011, the Janani Suraksha Yojana, the NRLM, the NULM, the RTE and the RTI among many others.
The evening’s focus was an enlighteningly interactive session dealing with the understanding of the ‘Needs Based Approach’ and the ‘Rights Based Approach’. Father Thomas explained, differentiated and clarified queries that arose from the floor drawing from his varied and vast repertoire of grassroot activism. He concluded with encouragement and a promise to help in every possible each participant involved in the social uplift of the marginalized and the societally abandoned.
The post tea-session focused on the ‘Restructuring of the Mumbai Province Development Works’ according to the variety of works engaged in, wherein the participants sought to clarify and employ better intervention strategies for holistic development of the urban poor and the rural marginalized.
The daylong workshop-cum-seminar culminated post-dusk with each participant determined that ‘the show must go on’ in a more focused ‘rights based’ manner to realize the 5-P plan as emphasized by Father Thomas.