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JANVIKASC-105, Royal Chinamy Tower, Opp. IOC Petrol Pump, Off. Judges Bungalow Road, Ahmedabad, India, Tel : 079-26856685.
WORK WITH INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE

Since 2002 Janvikas is engaged with the displaced persons and has been trying to work with them on different socio-eco-political issues they are facing. Started from distribution relief material to rehabilitation process; the work has shaped in a form of a long term movement for entitlements and non-discriminatory treatment to Muslim community in
Gujarat. Gujarat violence 2002 had displaced more than 2 lakhs people in first two years. Later, some families returned to their original places of residence, many condemned to a life of permanent compromise and second‐class citizenship. Numerous cases were reported of Muslims being 'allowed' to return only if they withdrew legal
cases, stopped using loudspeakers for the azaan, quietly moved out of certain businesses, and basically learned to live with downcast eyes. Many of these compromises were brokered by public officials carrying out the State's mandate of enforcing 'normalcy' and creating an illusion of public order. At present about 17000 people continue to live in 86
relief colonies (these colonies were built as temporary shelter but now they have become permanent shelter) spread across 7 districts. There are more than approx. 25000 (no survey of the scattered displaced persons has been carried out) displaced persons living in rented houses or have built their own house in some other Muslim locality or have been living in slums.

Janvikas's intervention is focusing on empowering the IDPs, their leadership to access socio-economic rights and advocating for recognition of IDPs and demanding policy for their proper rehabilitation. As part of this, the team of community workers working with IDPs have been engaged in mobilizing and organizing IDPs at grass-root level to access basic amenities and government schemes, developing and capacitating community based leadership, facilitating
ownership of houses by the IDPs living in colonies and empowering leadership of women in taking up community issues and also of women.