Madhya Pradesh

Partners

  • Niswarth Sarthak Prayas Evam Parivar Kalyan Samiti working in Shivpuri district
  • Sambhav Social Service Organization working in Tikamgarh district
  • Parhit Samaj Sewi Sanstha working in Shivpuri district
  • Gram Sudhar Samiti (GSS) working in Sidhi district
  • Holistic Action Research Development (HARD) working in Anuppur district
  • Foundation for Ecological Security and Nirmaan working in Mandla district
  • Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS) working in Dewas district
  • Spandan Samaj Sewa Samiti working in Khandwa district

Achievements come after prolonged and sustained effort and Madhya Pradesh has been no exception to this. Despite the passage of the Act, partners found that there were several areas where their interventions were crucial. Prime among these was the activation of those for whom the act was meant.

To achieve this several modes of awareness generation were adopted by different partners. These included padyatras, door-to-door campaigns, village meetings, posters, leaflets, pamphlets, exposures and training programmes. For instance,

  • Training of vigilance committee members conducted by Niswarth

    Training of vigilance committee members conducted by Niswarth

    team members of Niswarth offered themselves to the Gram Panchayats so that they functioned for several months as de-facto “staff” of the GPs to ensure that the entire ground work and preparation for bringing the Act out of the statute book and onto the ground was done. Niswarth held a total of 360 meetings attended by more than 9,000 persons in its chosen panchayats. The agenda of these meetings ranged from creating awareness about the provisions of the Act to conducting participatory PRA exercises with village communities to facilitate planning, to identifying sites for construction work, creating job applications and so on.

  • Spandan carried out a month-long drive across 50 villages of its area to tell people about the Act, collect job applications and pressurize the administration to open works.

  • Parhit organized more than 240 village meetings attended by 6,248 people. These meetings were inspired as much by the desire to learn about the status of NREGA on the ground as to create awareness about NREGA. The meetings were also occasions for cultural programmes and collection of job applications. It also carried out wall writings across 20 remote villages where the administrative machinery had not yet begun to reach.

  • Several meetings were conducted by FES in its gram panchayats to spread awareness about NREGA, the importance of NRM based action plans under MGNREGA and the need for panchayats to participate in these action plans. These meetings, numbering 72 in all, were attended by 2,747 persons. The meetings provided the platform on which interventions could be planned participatively with the people.

A public hearing (jan sunwayi) organized by  SPS to bring MGNREGA beneiciaries face to face with the PRI leadership and government.

A public hearing (jan sunwayi) organized by SPS to bring MGNREGA beneiciaries face to face with the PRI leadership and government.

  • In a massive drive in its area, GSS was able to cover more than 7,000 people, informing them about MGNREGA, their entitlements and building their confidence to demand what is their due

  • In the panchayats where Niswarth is working, 3,177 fresh job applications were created. What is more remarkable is that before interventions there was not a single job card application made by any wage-seeker in all 18 villages where it has worked intensively.

  • Sambhav created 483 fresh job applications with the number of such applications rising from 189 before their interventions to 672 after.

  • Spandan was able to generated 467 fresh applications. Here again, there were no formal applications for work before their interventions began. In its more extensive campaign covering 50 villages, Spandan estimates that job applications which had the potential to create work worth Rs.9 crores (in terms of the number of wage seekers, the days they wanted to work for and the minimum wages) were created

  • Across all its villages of work, Parhit’s efforts led to additional 3,565 job applications being created. The total number of job applications after their interventions rose to 11,866

  • In the panchayats where GSS is working, 39 new works worth Rs.76 lakhs were sanctioned and implemented as a result of sustained campaigns. The value of works implemented before interventions was zero.

  • In Niswarth’s panchayats, before their interventions, sanctioned works numbered 55 and were worth Rs. 95 lakhs. Their number rose to 90 as a result of their interventions and the value Rs.1.82 crores. In terms of work implementation, 15 of the sanctioned 55 works worth about Rs.30 lakhs were executed before their interventions. These rose to 30 works worth Rs.85.9 lakhs actually being implemented as a result of their interventions.

  • In HARD’s panchayats, there were 30 works worth Rs.25 lakhs sanctioned before interventions, of which 20 (worth Rs. 6 lakhs) had seen the light of the implementation day. After their interventions, works sanctioned rose to 80 and their value rose to Rs.59 lakhs. Works implemented rose to 63 and their value to Rs.18 lakhs.

  • In Sambhav’s panchayats, there were only 9 sanctioned works worth Rs. 21.88 lakhs before they began their campaign. As a result of their campaign, sanctioned works rose to 22 and their value to Rs.40.96 lakhs. 6 of the sanctioned works valued at Rs.16.84 lakhs were actually taken up for implementation before Sambhav’s work. As a result of their efforts, the number of implemented works rose to 14 and their value to Rs.38 lakhs.

  • In Spandan’s work area, the rise was very dramatic. Since their panchayats were part of NREGA from Phase I and the organization also began its work soon after the passage of the Act, they got a headstart in terms of mobilizing the people and the state machinery. While there were no sanctioned works before they began work, 221 works worth Rs.41 lakhs were sanctioned after their interventions and of these 195 were implemented.

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