TIMELINE: July 2015-June 2016

The programme aims to strengthen the Gram Panchayats in five tribal districts of Chhattisgarh covered under the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA). This is done by empowering the Tribal leadership and facilitating tribal women’s participation in the decision making process through the main vehicle of the provisions of the PESA Act.

GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE: districts of Rajnandgaon, Jashpur, Bastar, Bilaspur and Surguja, covering five Blocks, twenty Panchayats, 44 villages and 33,220beneficiaries.

DEMOGRAPHIC COVERAGE: 16611 Men and 16609 Women


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  • A base of 150 trained community leaders consisting of 74 men and 55 women created, who are well informed on the provisions of the PESA Act and interlinkages with the Forest Rights Act. Legal camps organised for them in association with District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) has generated a sense of collective consciousness and willingness to exercise the powersvested to the gram sabha under PESA Act.
  • 28 micro level plans were developed by the villages based on their prioroities and needs, which varied from installation of electricity, water and irrigation facilities, pucca roads, dam repair, anaganwadi centres to construction of school in the vicinity. These plans received approval from the Gram Sabha. Additionally, 33% quorum of women was achieved in 17 Gram sabhas where the plans were developed with their active participation.
  • Post trainings and awareness drives, the community was able to secure a range of services from different government schemes for the betterment of their lives, such as pucca road, pond renovation, construction of PDS building, community halls and installations of hand pumps andtoilets etc.