Community Awareness Meetings in Rajpur Block, BarwaniAwareness Meeting for "Gram Sabha Chalo Abhiyaan" in Sehore DistrictBBC Radio programmeState Release of Civil Society Report on Sustainable Development Goals at Samarthan's Head Office, BhopalBBC radio programme at PannaStrengthening governance on tribal rightsSanitation Initiatives Taken in Government Schools in Kanker District, ChattisgarhWomen's Training for Conducting Social Audits as "Village Social Animators" in Rajpur, Barwani

Consultation on 25 years of PRIs held on 24 April at Samarthan

Community Awareness Meetings in Rajpur Block, Barwani

Mangal Diwas under School Swachhta Karyakram-Mission Sunhara Kal

Social Audit conducted by Women SHG, Raisen

Awareness Meeting for "Gram Sabha Chalo Abhiyaan" in Sehore District

BBC Radio programme

2 days workshop on Panchayat and Participatory Village Planning

State Release of Civil Society Report on Sustainable Development Goals at Samarthan's Head Office, Bhopal

Sanitation Initiatives Taken in Government Schools in Kanker District, Chattisgarh

Women's Training for Conducting Social Audits as "Village Social Animators" in Rajpur, Barwani

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Samarthan-Centre for Development Support  is a leading non-profit organisation working in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh since 1995. We believe that good governance is foundation for sustained and equitable development and effective participation by all stakeholders, especially the marginalised, socially excluded and disadvantaged groups, is necessary for promoting good governance.

Stories of Change

Panchayat secretary punished for swindling funds for poultry shed construction

Manpur Panchayat in Thandla Block of Jhabua district , seventeen beneficiaries was shown as beneficiaries for goat /poultry sheds under NREGS and had received funds totalling 3 lakh fifteen thousand. The social audits revealed that no such construction has taken place and none of the  beneficiaries have received any  money for the same. In fact  none of the beneficiary was even aware of the same. The Panchayat and the secretary together had unscrupulously  withdrawn money from their account and swindled the same in connivance with  the engineer. 

Return of the Bribe by the Panchayat secretary

Mugdara is Panchayat in Nainpur bock of Mandla district. Social audit in the Panchayat was conducted 8th June 2015. It was reported in the special Gram Sabha that secretary of Panchayat demanded bribe for initiating work for individually targeted scheme. While some paid a bribe of Rs. 500 some paid as much as Rs. 15000 for getting a water well under the scheme. The Social audit in the village revealed this unscrupulous practise of the Gram –Panchayat secretary. 

Panchayat’s authority restored after Social Audits in Berasia

Social Audits in the Barasia block of Bhopal district-Madhya Pradesh was conducted in Feb- 2016.  It was observed that there was rampant use of machines and mass corruption in the implementation of the NREGS in the block , which was also one of the block of the state capital. After the social audit campaign was over , a workshop was called at Bhopal by Samarthan where different related stakeholders like Panchayat presidents, secretaries , district and block executive , state MIS  officers and chief engineer of the NREGS department.

Streamlining the functioning of PDS ( Public Distribution Shops)

The social audit in Kundai Panchayat in Chindwara revealed that that PDS coupons have been issued to Panchayats so long the new cards are made. The beneficiaries can access coupons from the Panchayat  to get ration from the PDS shops at the subsidised rates. The coupons are supposed to be given free of cost to the targeted beneficiaries by the Panchayat. However, Panchayat secretary was asking for bribe for providing the coupons. He was also giving it to other non-mandated beneficiaries.