In 1996, 15 rights-based groups from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka came together to form a network under FEDINA which came to be called Network of Social Action Groups (NSAG).
Gradually more groups joined including groups from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry and we now have 17 groups as part of the Network.
The idea behind the network is to collectively build and work on the emerging new social issues, especially among marginalized communities, organize campaigns, share experiences, discuss and analyze developments in social issues and corresponding policies related to our working priorities and programs.
Two representatives from each of the groups (of which at least one should be a woman) attend a collective meeting once every three months. At this meeting, experiences are shared, discussed, and analyzed. Based on learnings from these experiences, we decide on a course of action for the following months. The meeting is usually preceded by seminars on topics related to the ILO core labour standards and other socio-political issues.
· Joint Voluntary Action for Legal Alternative (JVALA) Kalpetta