We submitted a letter requesting them to initiate a joint effort between the citizen groups, NGOs, and NMC to make sure the places that are cleaned get properly illuminated, repaired, and later maintained by NMC’s Garden, PWD, Electrical, Health, and Water Department.
We explained while both administration and civil society organizations are working towards the goal of zero black spots in Nashik, the lack of proper lighting, and maintenance after cleanups make the complete removal of black spots difficult to achieve.
We met Dr. Bharati Pawar – Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare of India for a discussion on River pollution issues in Nashik city.
In August 2016, we had a very productive meeting with BBMP joint commissioner Sarfaraz Khan! We discussed concrete next steps in our #BangaloreIsBurning campaign, including how we can hold ward engineers and contractors accountable. 2 Together we can, must, and will end the toxic practice of open garbage burning in Bangalore.
In July 2016 Mr. Sarfaraz Khan, BBMP Joint Commissioner (SWM/Health), accepted our petition and promised to penalise errant contractors who were violating the law by burning garbage. However, he did say that the BBMP is unable to monitor violations and he wants us to be his “eyes and ears”.
In September 2014 we met with UNESCO. It is always nice to meet the experts and get their opinion, but it is better when we get a positive response from them! Check out this quote from a top UNESCO official we met: “We will make every effort that the integrity of this site(Western Ghats) is maintained”
In January 2014 Jhatkaa.org and petition starters from Change.org delivered petition signatures to the BBMP Commissioner Mr. Laxmi Narayan, asking him to fix the Bangalore potholes. He said that most of the roads will be fixed by May 2014!
In July 2014 we met with Health Minister Harsh Vardhan this morning to discuss the movement to decriminalise homosexuality! He was very cooperative and the meeting was very positive and we’re meeting with him again next week. A big shout out to our membership who made this possible and sent us such encouraging emails.
Our campaigner Keerthana met with Union Minister of Law and Justice Kapil Sibal to submit petition signatures of a joint campaign with Change.org. In response to this, Mr. Kapil Sibal said: “We will continue to fight for your rights and ensure that you’re not discriminated against.”