• Chief Minister's visit at Sanitary Park kanker-Chhatisgarh
    Chief Minister's visit at Sanitary Park kanker-Chhatisgarh (Technical support provided by Samarthan in preparation of the Sanitary Park)
  • Community lead total Sanitation book in Hindi released by ChiefMinister Chhatisgarh
    Community lead total Sanitation book in Hindi released by ChiefMinister Chhatisgarh (Book prepared by Samarthan and printed by district administration kanker)
  • Bundelkhan CSs meeting in Jahani
  • Identifying the rights of migrants and their families
  • Bundelkhan CSs meeting in Jahani MNREGA

Research and Advocacy

Monitoring Municipal Services Through Report Card Survey in Bhopal

To deepen the engagement with the citizens as well as the municipality, citizen report card is being prepared in the three of the intervened towns. The questionnaire has been designed and the data collection has been initiated. A sample of about 900 citizens living in different wards/ locality representing varying income categories has been collected. The report will be taken up with the municipal bodies and the residents to take up joint corrective actions to improve the situation.

Municipal Finance Study

Status of Municipal Finance was examined using the data from five municipalities namely- Sidhi, Sehore, Ajaygarh, Mandsaur and Icchawar. Three of the towns are Nagar Palika while Ajaygarh and Icchawar are Nagar Panchayat. Financial heads were analyzed on the basis of the data of the last 5 years. Main trends that were visible were excessive dependence on the grants, poor tax collection especially the property tax (nearly 5 to 7 percent of the total tax revenue), very high (48% to 55%), establishment cost and a very high revenue expenditure on supply of water.

Formation of Citizens’ forum on Urban Governance

The poor quality roads, scarcity of drinking water, poor sanitary conditions in wards and neighborhoods, polluted water bodies, non functioning schools and irrelevant public distribution systems for the poor and needy are common but chronic problems that have plagued our cities for many decades. The situation of public services worsen, if we move from larger cities to smaller towns. The quality of urban governance, irrespective of the size of the town, has remained a neglected area from the citizen’s as well as Government’s point of view.

Citizen engagement with local bodies to facilitate better governance has been the continued focus of our intervention in the last one year. Citizen collectives were formed to address local problems in a formal and collective manner.