Mr. Deepak Khandla run an NGO named OTLO ROTLO Foundation for social empowerment of people.
OTLO ROTLO Foundation works to address root causes of poverty and inequality. We see poverty as a problem where people are deprived of opportunities, choices, resources, knowledge and protection. Poverty is something more than mere lack of income, health and education. It is also people’s frustration on being excluded from decision-making. While the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the guiding framework under which OTLO ROTLO Foundation functions, we also derive our mandate from the Constitutional Rights promised to every citizen of the country.
Persistent poverty and inequality are not just a violation of basic human rights of the people but it also undermines economic growth of a nation by wasting talents and human resources. It leads to a skewed society where power and decision-making remain in the hands of a few, leading to greater conflicts and undermining social cohesion.
OTLO ROTLO Foundation seeks to address this through a Rights Based Approach where people are seen as the bearers of civil, political and social and economic rights. At the same time, institutions, both state and non-state, are seen as duty bearers to guarantee and provide those rights to the people. It is also important to underline that without augmenting people’s ability to exercise them, the rights would be meaningless.