23 January 2021


Communities, NGOs, frontline workers and activists will mobilize in India this January to fight against inequality and ask for a pro-people recovery package from COVID-19. People will demand an end tocorporate greed and unfair concentration of power in the hands of a few.

The Government of India will announce its first union budget after the COVID 19 pandemic destroyed its economy on February 1, 2020. The announcements by India’s finance ministry are bound to affect everyone in the world’s second most populous country, making it crucial for FIA in India to mobilize around the budget session. Government of India’s previous COVID recovery packages failed to invest in public health, education and other essential services during the pandemic. Therefore, it is crucial that upcoming budget should serve the interests of all, not just the privileged.

Fight Inequality Alliance (FIA) India will organize gatherings, protests, art performances and discussions across India to ask the Finance Minister for a union budget which works for all. As a part of the Global Protest against Inequality, FIA India will organize actions in five states. Preparation for this has started with a survey underway to collect peoples’ aspirations from the budget.

How you can participate?
Join us on social media
Follow FIA India on Facebook and Twitter to join #FightInequality online!
Stay tuned for updates on pre-budget tweetstorm - #BudgetForEquality

Join FIA India mobilization in your state
We are organizing events and solidarity gatherings in states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh and though our member networks nationally. Actions being planned simultaneously across the country include:
23rd January: On occasion of Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose birth anniversary, we will release of Inequality anthem by band Indian Ocean and its singing as part of street plays and popular mobilization
24th January: Mobilization on education and issues of girls on occasion of International Day of Education and National Girl Child Day
26th January: On occasion of India’s Republic Day, reading the Preamble of the Indian
constitution in several localities reflecting country’s commitment towards equality

28th January: Release of pre-union budget survey results through webinars, events and consultations to create wider awareness on people’s expectations from the Finance Ministry
29th January: Tweetstorm #BudgetForEquality to urge government for people’s budget
1st Feb: Union budget will be presented in India’s parliament

Please feel free to get in touch with us via social media or Akshay.consultant@oxfamindia.org for more
information on how to join these gatherings.