Jaswanti Devi,the prime accused in the Rohtak-based shelter home Apna Ghar abuse case,was not only the recipient of the Haryana governments largesse,but the Centre has also been rather courteous to the home incharge and her NGO,Bharat Vikas Sangh (BVS).
In a span of two years (2009-11),the Centre had given BVS a grant of over Rs 26 lakh for running a welfare project,Swadhar. The NGO also received over Rs 28 lakh in the last decade for other projects and was assisted by the Centre to run short stay homes.
All this,because Jaswanti was nominated as a member of the consultative group on Womens Agency and Child Rights under the 11th Five-year Plan (2007-2012) by the Planning Commissions women and child development division. Interestingly,one cannot become a member of such a high-profile group without strong recommendation from the state government.
The documents (with The Indian Express) show how BVS got central grants of over Rs 26 lakh in 2009-11 for Swadhar Rs 10,58,125 in 2009-10 and Rs 16,37,770 in 2010-11. For another scheme on welfare of destitute children,Jaswanti got a grant of Rs 28.019 lakh (1998-2011),including over Rs 11 lakh in two years. For this project also,the maximum amount of grant was released during 2009-11 Rs 5.08 lakh in 2009-10 and Rs 5.83 lakh in 2010-11.
The state also gave grants worth lakhs to BVS. For running a project on nutrition training and purse making,BVS was given a grant of around Rs 1.60 lakh (2009-2010) and for purse making and cutting,tailoring,it received Rs 1.70 lakh (2010-11).
Jaswanti,while applying for such grants,claimed to have been vastly experienced in the field of social service. In one of her applications,Jaswanti claimed: I have 18 years of vast experience in the field of social development sector like women empowerment,child development,community service,health services,educational development,project formulation and management. I have a rich experience in implementation of the different programs of Centre/state governments under various schemes. I have also attended various state and national level exchange workshops,seminars,meetings on development sector aspects and also gave representations,documentation,lectures,group-discussions,experience sharing etc.
When contacted,Sumita Mishra,Director General (woman and child development department) said: Jaswanti Devi is no longer a member of any board or working committee in Haryana. We had already written to the Centre in this regard and the same will be applied there as well.
Who is JASWANTI?
A post-graduate from Kurukshetra university,Jaswanti did her Bachelor of Law from Nehru Memorial Law College,Bikaner. She was also pursuing her masters in Business Administration from Sikkims Manipal University.
Born on May 1,1965 in Rohtak district,Jaswanti got married to a widower at 20. The marriage did not last. In 1994,she started Bharat Vikas Sangh.
Nominated as members of district-level committee of Jagriti Mahila Pramarsh Kendra,complaints committee for prevention of sexual harassment of women at work place and district-level monitoring and vigilance committee.