JEEVAN- Life in fullness with sustainable livelihood


TIMELINE: February-October 2015

Tribal communities are empowered to self-governance and decision making in districtscoverered under the PESA Act. The programme strives to accelerate with active facilitation and information the participation of communities and groups left out of the decision making processes in self-governance system towards greater realization of rights and entitlements.

GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE: 72 villages across five districts, namely Sindhdurg, Satara, Palghar, Kalyan and Beed in Maharashtra

DEMOGRAPHIC COVERAGE: Tribal population covering 20, 204 persons, (9,204 men and 11,000 women)

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Revival of community farming : JEEVAN has revived the hopes of the distressed farmers in agriculture by enabling collective farming aided by successful administration of organic farming which are hazard resistant and traditional agricultural practices including for soil testing and management of fertilizers.

Strengthening the implementation of MGNREGA : The flagship employment generation programme has tremendous potential to offer livelihood and wage security to people in times of crisis and livelihood insecurity. The communities have been informed about the provisions of the schemes and facilitated on procuring job cards, demanding work and submitting applications for work in their own villages. This creates a supply pressure on the administration resulting in effective implementation of the schemes.

Enhanced Participation in Gram Sabhas : there is a remarkable improvement in the participation of people in the gram sabha as was obscure at the start of the programme. More importantly, 55% attendance and participation of women was secured in the sabhas. Their motivation levels are high after learning about the importance of active participation, as opposed to silent representation (which also lacked before) to bring about the changes they want to see in their lives.

Alternative livelihood enhanced income : As a result of regular impetus and support provided to the communities for diversifying livelihood options during the lean seasons, families that had grown vegetables in their kitchen gardens and those manufacturing products of the forest produce were able to earn an extra income by selling the produce and goods.

9 months- 5 districts, 72 villages

Tribal population: 20, 204 persons (9,204 men and 11,000 women) | Secured:

  • 55% women participation in the Gram Sabhas
  • Development, submission and approval of five micro-plans in the Gram Sabhas
  • Construction of protection wall to the temple; a concrete road in the village and sludge hole for improved drainage secured
  • Access to entitlements and benefits under the government schemes by 424 households
  • Alternative livelihood opportunities such as bamboo plantation and selling of forest products for 135 families
  • Technical support from Krishi Vikas Kendra and NABARD in the form of trainings, soil testing, and learning visits for 244 farmers
  • Adoption of organic farming practices by 216 farmers
  • Sanction for private toilets and houses under Indira Awas Yojana to 27 families
  • A total credit of INR 25,97,500 to 46 farmers under Kisan Credit Card scheme
  • Change in mindset of 15 families that were contemplating migration