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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Stories of Change

Instalment for ‘Housing support scheme’ released after checking the online portal status

Debu Bhai of Bapcha village ran from pillars to post to mobilise the release of 2nd instalment of the of an ‘housing support scheme’ called ‘Indira Aws Yojana’ . The scheme provides Rs. 75000 in two installments to poor households for constructing houses. He got first installement and erased his ‘old’house to make way for New ONE. However, the second installment did not come through. He lived under the unconstructed roof and erased walls, visinting officials for release of second installments.

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.

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.

Missing toilets finally constructed after Social audit

Toilets were constructed in several Panchayats across the state by integrating Panchayat funds with the funds of Swacha Bharat MISSION . However missing or ghost toilets are not new. The SOCIAL Audit Campaign in Narainpur block in Mandla found that Panchayat had withdrawn the funds for toilet construction but neither constructed the toilet nor informed the beneficiaries. The Panchayat had simply eaten up the money fraudulently. 

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.