Om Prakash

Name of Organization :Sangtin Mazdoor Kisan Sangathan, Uttar Pradesh

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I had a difficult childhood due to extreme poverty and very little education. After a lot of difficulties, I could only get educated till the 9th standard. After some unfortunate incidents, at a very young age, I started working as a rickshaw-puller in Kanpur. After getting married also I kept working as a rickshaw-puller. I did that for about five years. While still in Kanpur, my wife fell ill and whatever money I had was spent on her treatment. Empty-handed, I returned to my village with my family and started working as a labourer. I survived through some odd-jobs in my village and in Kanpur. And then one day I got a message from an acquaintance about a meeting and I got in touch with Richa Singh of Sangtin Mazdoor Kisan Sangathan. I was immediately drawn to the things they talked about and the work the Sangathan did for marginalised people like me. Having not much luck with formal education, I looked at this exposure as a kind of education and I started working for the organization. I was also getting tired of my individual struggle and the Sangathan gave me strength and support.

I have been working with the Sangathan for several years now. There is a district level core and awareness team, of which I am a member. We all take our decisions collectively. I am a part of the awareness team. I coordinate the Sangtin Kala Manch as well. Earlier, I was working in Mishrikh block. Now, I have also taken up the responsibility of Aliya block. Food Security, MNREGA, agriculture, health, education, women’s issues etc. are some of the issues we work on.

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