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

About Us

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

Levelling of a playground was undertaken under NREGS in Gram Panchayat Jamunia Khurd in Chindwara district of Madhya Pradesh.

A play ground was levelled under the scheme in the Panchayat . However levelling was done very poorly. The Social audit in Chindwara revealed that  first the material for levelling was not laid and road rollers worked only for half a day. The payment however, was much more material and roller –days. The Gram Sabha objected to the bills. The resolution was passed that the secretary who has fraudulently siphoned off the money should redo the levelling work or formal complaint will be lodged against him. The secretary agreed to do the work.

Rejected FTOs worth 55 lakhs resolved, restored and payment disbursed in Bagli

Rejected FTOs worth 55 lakhs resolved, restored and payment disbursed in Bagli

Pending instalments for rural housing scheme ‘Indira Aawas Yojna’ released

Community across Panchayats and  districts stated that several ‘Indira Aawas scheme’ beneficiaries received only first instalment for the house construction. As most of beneficiaries  had erased their old houses to construct new houses under the scheme, it was critical for beneficiaries that the new construction takes place fast. However a large number of beneficiaries received only 1st instalments, they borrowed money from informal money lenders at high rate of interest to complete the house while repeatedly asking the Panchayat to expedite the release of the subsequent instalment.

Rejected FTOs worth 55 lakhs resolved , restored and payment disbursed in Bagli

Bagli is block in Dewas district. The Social audit campaign was conducted in August 2016. It was reported at the level of Gram Sabha that payments for wages as well material was pending. It was taken up with the district administration. The Project Officer of the DISTRICT Archana was contacted and she confirmed that that  the financial transaction orders ( FTO)  worth Rs. 55 lakh were rejected and the district system operator accounts this rejection to some technical snag in the system/MIS.

Dug well construction in the drought provides needed cash and water in Pichor in Shivpuri district

Devri Panchayat like rest of the Bundelkhand was reeling under drought. The Panchayat president were making all out efforts to somehow provide the water. It was proposed by the community that a dug well can solve the problem, but it will be difficult to dig a well so fast and in this severe heat. Give the situation, it was proposed by the Panchayat that a well that could not be completed as delayed wages forced the Panchayat to stop the work, and this work can be restarted. The Panchayat assured that it  will follow up the payment.