HISTORY

The Programme for Social Action (PSA) was initiated in 1975. The network aimed to be a catalyst for deepening interactions and convergence between various persons and action groups. Extending solidarity and support to ground movements and people’s struggles and facilitating critical cooperation was central to these engagements. Our founding principles are derived from movements from the mid-70s such as Liberation Theology from Latin America and the Philippines.

PSA’s vision of the world is based upon principles of economic equality, social justice and sustainable co-existence. We firmly believe that the above can only be achieved through the assertion and rights of traditional natural resource based communities. Our current work engagements are divided along the following thematic areas:

  • Democratic Governance
  • Human Rights for the oppressed communities
  • Fighting climate change through community empowerment and environmental justice approach
  • Corporate Accountability- against crimes and resource grab
  • Conflict Transformation through Dialogue

ORGANIZATION MANDATE

“To undertake and promote education and awareness of the public to the need for the development of the poor, backward, needy, underprivileged and handicapped by printing and publishing books, journals, periodicals, papers, reports, lectures, pamphlets, magazines and other documents and by other means for the promotion, benefit and other advancement of the people irrespective of religion, caste and class, colour, sex or community”. 

REGISTRATION

PSA’s mandate is to help further processes for a just and humane society.

PSA was registered in 1981 under Societies Registration Act and under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act in 1984. The organization is a membership-based network and has a General Body and a Constitution, which guide its work. The General Body involves all constituent member organizations and other allied groups who appoint the PSA General Secretary for a five-year term.

The PSA Governing Body members are elected from the PSA General Body for a two-year period. PSA has organization and partner presence in 21 out of the 29 states of the country.

GOVERNING BOARD

Details about the Governing board of PSA: Total Membership – 26 (including Chief Functionary)

Members of the Board as per constitution – 11 + General Secretary

Special Invitees to the Governing Board (During term of Board) – 10

Ex-officio Members invited – 4

Women participation in the Board: 5 out of 11 elected members (45 percent)

BOARD MEMBERS (OFFICE-HOLDING MEMBERS)

Xavier Dias (Chairperson) is an accomplished writer, activist and founder of the Bindrai Institute for Research and Social Action (BIRSA), based in Ranchi, Jharkhand. He has been part of the Jharkhand movement since the mid-70s. He has been an ideologue and mentor for multiple movements in Jharkhand. He is currently the Editor of Khan, Khaneej aur Adhikar (Mines, Minerals and Rights).

Philip George (Treasurer) was amongst the initial staff members of PSA. He was the coordinator of Partners in Justice Concerns– India (PJC-I) for 20 years and is presently associated with multiple movements in South India. He is also on the advisory board of Dynamic Action.

Vijayan MJ (General Secretary) is a Delhi based activist, analyst and writer. He has formerly worked in journalism with both print and television media. Vijayan is also a guest faculty in various mass communication and social work universities. He was formerly the National Executive Secretary of Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy and currently serves as National Committee member of the same. He has been and is on the board of various Non- Governmental Organisations.

Other board members are-

·         Ashok Choudhary

·         Munnilal

·         Suma

·         Alice Cherowa

·         Mamta Kujur

·         Mohan Rao

·         Magline Peter

·         Biranchi Bariha

·         Shyamala Baby

 

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