The Managing Committee comprises of minimum seven members to implement the decisions of TOM General Body. The General Body elects the Managing Committee once in two years. The life of the Managing Committee is two years. The office bearers include: a) The President, b) The Vice-President, c) The General Secretary and d) The Treasurer. The General Body appoints from time to time, Sub-committees to assist the Managing Committee in programme planning, finance, selection of staff etc., members of the Sub-committees are specialized groups and are purely in an advisory capacity.

Managing Committee



The General Body is constituted of members representing a cross-section of society especially members representing people’s organizations and movements, civil society initiatives, individual activists, artists, professionals, academics and intellectuals. This body is a constitutional authority to evolve policies and make policy decisions, to elect the office bearers to the organization and appoint the Managing Committee. General Body usually meets once a year to receive reports, audited statement of accounts, to appoint auditors and discuss the general policy frame work of the organization and review it if necessary.

Members of the General Body

Dr. Syeda Hameed
Mr. N.P. Samy
Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty
Mr. Ashok Agrwaal
Dr. David Selvaraj
Mr. Mohan Mani
Ms. Gabriele Detrich
Mr. Sukendu Debbarma
Mr. Leo Fernandes
Mr. C.R. Bijoy
Ms. Rashida Bee
Ms. Champa Devi Shukla
Ms. Parveen Ahangar
Mr. M. Subbu
Ms. Rachna Dhingra
Mr. D. Thankappan
Ms. Anjali Diamari
Mr. P. Chennaiah
Mr. Pradip Prabhu
Mr. Joyson Mazamo
Ms. Neikensanuo Sorhie
Mr. Nikunj Bhutia
Ms. Madhumitha Dutta
Ms. Swetha Narayan
Mr. Rohit Jain
Mr. Rohit Prajapathi and Jayanthi Bhai
Mr. Paul Leo
Ms. Bela Bhatia
Mr. Akum Longchari
Mr. Santhosh Kumar. K.C.
Mr. Tapan K Bose
Mr. Ravi Hemadri
Ms. Jajo Aier
Mr. Samir Bhat
MR. Philip Jadhav
Mr. Ramesh Jerai
Mr. Sanjay Basu Mullick
Ms. Ningrechon Tungshang
Ms. Achan Mungleng

Up until March 2003, the General Secretary of the Managing Committee doubled up as the Executive head. In an attempt to make the functioning of the organisation more effective and towards decentralization and to consolidate the organizational processes the General Body decided to enhance the potential with the appointment of an Executive Director and Co-coordinators for Desks viz., Civil Society Initiatives (CSI), Documentation, Research and Publication (DRP) & Campaign, Advocacy and Lobbying(CAL) and Refugee Desk, areas in which TOM have consistent activities; necessitating and restructuring.

However this structure is now being revised and on an experimental basis with some re-structuring being done now, based on the recommendations of the Evaluation Team in January 2010. The Evaluation Team has submitted its report to the General Body and a series of discussions have taken place at the Core Group level appointed by the Managing Committee.

The area of Governance would have Finance and Administration, Human Resources and Development, induction program for staff and regular orientation to the organizational perspectives and programs.

This could come directly under the General Secretary. The overall responsibility would be with the MC.

Evaluation: detailed Report, recommendations, ongoing discussions and restructuring of TOM:

An Evaluation Team was constituted in 2008 to do a comprehensive evaluation, which happened to be seven years after the first Evaluation was constituted in 2002. The Evaluation lasted nearly two years. A report and recommendations was submitted to the General Body. The General Body then asked the Managing Committee to discuss the Evaluation and recommendations in detail and submit its own recommendations to the General Body when it meets the next time.

Based on this decision a series of meetings of the Core Committee appointed by the Managing Committee were held and the Core Committee identified four important areas of work which have been the focus of the Evaluation report and its recommendations. They are:
TOM perspectives, priorities and strategies
Governance structure of the organization
Human resources
Finance and Finance management

These above four areas were discussed in depth, debated and to a larger extent crystallized. The objectives and perspectives of the organization was re-affirmed by the Core Committee reiterating that the perspectives are evolving and that it cannot be static, and it was recognized that the perspective of the organization has also grown since the time of its inception. This perspective is being discussed and probably by another three months would clearly be defined.

However, in the changed context, the priorities and strategies would have to be re-worked. Keeping in perspective the recommendations of the Evaluation Team, steps have been taken to prepare the Project Proposals or planned activities or interventions in response to the current social reality especially, areas or regions in which TOM has been involved and which it considers as focus areas of work..

Based on the discussions, thematic or region-wise work is being taken up on a priority basis. TOM will not have civil society initiatives desk anymore. Similarly, the desks with regard to campaigns and advocacy, Research and Documentation, Dissemination desk and finance desk will not be there anymore. However, Campaigns, Advocacy, Research, study, Dissemination and Documentation aspects of the work will be linked to the proposal Initiatives and interventions in politically restive (Conflict) regions in India, (‘IIPRI’), and other programs.

TOM will have program of governance under which finance, administration, human resource and development, induction, internship and secretarial work will come. We will have programs directly coming under Managing Committee such as core support, fund-raising and South Asia Media and Communication Resource Centre (SAMCRC). There will be a new program called ‘out-reach program’, under which Corporate Accountability program, Community Environmental Monitoring program, International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal(ICJB), Status report of Adivasi/ Indigenous issues and struggles(SAIP), Peace initiatives in South Asia and other continuing support to emerging movement and movements with whom TOM has traditional relationships.

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