SHG meeting in Pipalner in SehoreCommunity Awareness Meetings in Rajpur Block, BarwaniAwareness Meeting for "Gram Sabha Chalo Abhiyaan" in Sehore DistrictState Release of Civil Society Report on Sustainable Development Goals at Samarthan's Head Office, BhopalWomen's Training for Conducting Social Audits as "Village Social Animators" in Rajpur, BarwaniSanitation Initiatives Taken in Government Schools in Kanker District, Chattisgarh

SHG meeting in Pipalner in Sehore

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

Mangal Diwas under School Swachhta Karyakram-Mission Sunhara Kal

Community Awareness Meetings in Rajpur Block, Barwani

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

Social Audit conducted by Women SHG, Raisen

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

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

2 days workshop on Panchayat and Participatory Village Planning

Sanitation Initiatives Taken in Government Schools in Kanker District, Chattisgarh

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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

Hand-pump repaired after engaging with local media

Agnora is a village in Datia district. The severe drought in the region had dried up all the hand pumps in the village and there was a severe situation forcing a large scale migration. Two-three hand pumps were sole sources of water, however despite them, the the situation was grave. One of the hand-pump  had sufficient water but the pipeline had decayed and broken down. The hand-pump was not functional consequently despite the water in the bore the community did not access water due to problem in water pipe of the hand-pump.  

Suspension and punitive action against Panchayat secretaries

Jan Sunvai was held in Nainpur block for the Social audits undertaken in 70 Panchayats of the block. Samarthan facilitated fact finding and  building of records & data  for the Jan Sunvai. The Jan Sunvai was attended by a large gathering including , media and government officials. 

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.

Online application though information kiosks facilitates ‘widow pension for Kamla and Sharda’

kamla and sharda bai’s from Jasmat village in Sehore district of lost their respective husbands, two brothers in an local tragedy. Extremely Poor , and now widowed, the two women of the same family gave an apllication to local Panchayat secretary for start of ‘widow pension’. Wait of several months and repeted enquiries with the Panchayat secretary were in vain, till they came across Oracle’s information volunteer. He checked the online status and told them that Panchayat secertary has been fooling them and ‘Panchayat ‘ has not made any application for them.

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.