Elgar Pratishthan; Shramik Elgar
Paromita seeks to empower some of India’s poorest and most marginalized citizens: the residents of the Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts of the state of Maharashtra. To protect their rights and help them access justice, she has created several non-profit organizations including Elgar Pratishthan, which concentrates on the economic and educational development of rural communities, and Shramik Elgar, a 10,000-member union of rural workers. Trained as a lawyer, Paromita has brought legal challenges on behalf of these members to India’s Supreme Court. Regarded as one of the top labor organizers in the region, she built a training center for rural community organizers. She is also involved in strengthening elected representatives of local self governance, organizing women against violence and implementation of social justice legislation. Paromita is pursuing Ph.D. at Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.