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

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.

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. 

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.

Unfinished dug wells completed after social audit

Nayan Panchayat of Bajna Block in Ratlam district had social audits in June 2015. The construction for dug wells was commissioned in the farm land of  Dheerji and Kalu under the individually targeted scheme of NREGS. However the wages were not paid to labourers for 15 days of work, and work had stopped consequently. The dug well lied unfinished , and the land was wasted too.