Rehnuma” is an intervention, anchored by National Foundation for India (“NFI”) and Centre for Social Justice (“CSJ”). It was started in 2013 with a vision to address exclusion and discrimination against vulnerable groups in India, particularly religious minorities. Rehnuma follows a model of entitlement centres, focused on implementation of the Prime Minister’s 15 point programme, involving a combination of outreach to increase awareness, facilitating access, and advocacy to remove systemic bottlenecks. It was launched across 11 states and touched the lives of more than 100,000 people through its 11 entitlement centres, responding to over 60,000 requests for legal advice, filing over 28,000 applications for entitlements, and providing legal aid in more than 27, 500 cases.
In Jan 2016, scope of the Rehnuma intervention was expanded beyond the 15 point program and religious minorities to a more comprehensive framework of addressing vulnerability, fighting discrimination, and moving towards a more inclusive, just and equitable society. As part of this, we are addressing additional issues, including religious freedom, communal violence, land rights, labour rights, and ensuring gender equity and justice through reform of personal laws.
This expansion was carried out in the 7 minority concentrated districts that Rehnuma was already operative in. These districts are Gumla (Jharkhand), Gulbarga (Karnataka), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Ranga Reddy District (Telangana) and Hawrah (West Bengal), Kandmal(Orissa) in addition to a centre at Modasa in Arravalli District in Gujarat.
Law Centres in Orissa, Telangana and Karnataka are funded by both UN Women and European Union; rest of the 5 centres operates on the European Union funds.
Presently, Rehnuma is jointly handled by IDEAL Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), National Foundation of India, Human and Institutional Development Forum (HIDF) and Gender at Work, Drishti. Other partners include Nari O Shishu Kalyan Kendra (NOSKK), NALSAR University of Law, Institute of Law, Nirma University and Swati Organisation.