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Why Access to Entitlements?

There is an intrinsic relationship between Indian development story and the understanding of human rights, citizenship rights and collective rights and entitlements. In any society, conceptually rights and entitlements are the two sides of the same coin, one overlapping with the other. Still the history of development of human rights favoured rights to entitlements and individual rights and entitlements over collective rights and entitlements. While citizenship rights are choked by procedural and judicial hassles, entitlements are largely left to the good sense of the elected representatives. Consequently, the political parties use entitlements, in a limited sense, to gain political mileage. Rarely entitlements are understood or implemented as rights of the citizens or communities. Despite the growth of civil society organizations and people’s movements, to a large extent entitlements remain as magnanimous gestures of the state, lacking perspective, accountability and transparency though the framers of the Constitution envisaged and gave due importance to promotion of economic, social and cultural rights and collective rights and entitlements of vulnerable communities.

A critical analysis of acclaimed entitlements like NFSA, SCSP/TSP, WASH, etc shows that they fail to fulfil collective rights and entitlement framework. It is the need of the hour to recapture the importance of collective rights and entitlements with new approaches and strategies to promote inclusive development.