Pragati Abhiyan has helped build awareness on MGNREGA amongst the tribal villages of Igatpuri, Peith, and Tarimbakeshwar blocks of Nashik district in order to ensure proper implementation of MGNREGA in their villages.
Pragati Abhiyan trains youth of the villages. These training programmes provide information and skills and build confidence of the youth to engage with the local administration and if need be the District administration too. We have been engaged in providing training to more organization across Maharashtra.
- Articles in state Marathi dailies, national dailies and magazines to discuss issues and build arguments about MGNREGA.
- The experiences of monitoring by the village volunteers can give insights for advocacy. Based on these experiences, documents are prepared for advocacy of required changes in policy.
- This year we published a very useful manual for Gram Rozgar Sevaks in Marathi. This describes each activity in detail which can help the GRS to understand his/her role and responsibility. The relevant Government documents have all been put together for ready reference.
Working with the State Government
- Government of India made it mandatory for all State Governments to do Social Audits of all MGNREGA work in the villages.
- When Government of Maharashtra started planning these social audits. it invited Pragati Abhiyan to initiate the process. Pragati Abhiyan formed a team of Civil Society Organisations, social work colleges and government officers to conceptualise, plan and conduct pilot social audits.
- Pragati Abhiyan was the nodal agency in this entire effort. It prepared the manual to conduct social audits, It also prepared the training design and manual for the village social auditors who are meant to be people from the community. The Pragati Abhiyan team conducted pilots in 6 Gram Panchayats each of 6 different districts across the State.
Records – Forms and Registers
- Some forms to collect data from the wage seekers are used for the programme. And there are some registers which are supposed to be maintained at various levels of administration for putting the information in order.
- A committee was formed by the Government of Maharashtra to study the present forms and registers being used by different districts and prepare a standard set for the entire State. Ashwini Kulkarni was part of this committee and contributed very actively and could bring in some good changes in favour of the labourers.
- This new set is now deployed across Maharashtra.
E-learning Module for Gram Rozgar Sevaks
- A Village level part time Worker – Gram Rozgar Sevak (GRS) is to be appointed by each Gram Panchayat to assist the Gram Sevak in managing this programme in the village. This means there will be thousands of GRSs, so training these is a challenge.
- To address the challenge a novel idea has been tried – E learning method. An audio-visual method has been prepared which is deployed in the computer centres run by a government agency (Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd.) even in remote rural areas.
- The young boys and girls who are working as GRS have taken up this training and are able to do it quite well though this is the first time they are handling a computer. MKCL has been responsible for the technical part and Pragati Abhiyan has been the domain expert in preparing the entire training design and learning modules.
Working with Central Government
New Operational Guidelines
Ashwini Kulkarni, Director, Pragati Abhiyan was of the committee constituted by the Ministry of Rural Development, GoI under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Mihir Shah, Member, Planning Commission, for the revamp of the MGNREGA Operational Guidelines