Maha PECOnet 2.0: A Vision for the Future
Maha PECOnet 2.0 emerged as the second-wave of COVID-19 ravaged through Maharashtra. In the first year of the pandemic UNICEF Maharashtra had facilitated the Jeevan Rath Programme, with the main purpose of curbing the effects felt by the migrant population hit by the dual forces of the health emergency and a loss of livelihood. In 2021, this network of volunteers, corporates, government bodies, and over 85+ civil society organisations was formalised to work together and streamline the efforts and services amid lockdown and unlock frenzy.
The network, officially called MahaPECONet 2.0, focussed on ensuring the dignity and rights of marginalised groups, with the aim of providing assistance and building resilience during, before and after emergencies. Convened by UNICEF Maharashtra, the platform was managed by a Secretariat comprising Rise Infinity Foundation (RIF) and Youth For Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA), in the first year.