After the 2002 riots, thousands of victims were left homeless, hungry, and hurt. Many of these victims received support from NGOs and individuals. However, they were also lost in the disconnected web of these various help groups. SPRAT recognized the need for coordination between all sectors and, as its first major event, organized the Tripartite Convention on May 18th, 2002 in Ahmedabad.
Held less than two months after the riots, the Tripartite Convention provided a venue for organizations to present their services to victims, as well as to fellow relief groups. Additionally, victims, represented by relief camp workers and organizers, expressed their needs and concerns.
Illuminating areas of overlap and areas of continued need, the convention was an integral part of optimizing the breadth of resources available for relief work in Ahmedabad, and Gujaratin general.
The Convention had the endorsement of Citizens’ Initiative, Sarvajanik Relief committee, St. Xaviers’ Social Service Society, dedicated social activists, and community leaders.
Victims: represented by
- Camp organizers: Registered and unregistered camp representatives
- Representatives of non-camp victims and sufferers
- Government departments / authorities entrusted with Relief and Rehabilitation
- The Police
- The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
- NGOs specifically engaged with Riot Relief and Rehabilitation
- Other general Relief and Rehabilitation Agencies
- Support institutions like Housing finance, Infrastructure finance, Insurance
- companies, Commercial banks, RBI
- To help introduce various agencies and their services to the needy
- To help list the problems faced in relief and rehabilitation of camp inmates
- To achieve greater synergy in relief / rehabilitation work
- To inspire institutions to frame conducive and supportive policies
- To introduce camp organizers and agencies to one another
- To acknowledge and applaud the services of the camp organizers
- To help promote communal harmony and improve people-government relations