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Pararth Samiti: Working to Create a Society Free of Social and Economic Uncertainties

Rural development appears to be a simple project, but it is not so in reality. Various five-year plans have implemented many rural development programs in the post-independence era. Despite these efforts, rural poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, and other concerns persist. Basic facilities such as livelihood security, sanitation issues, education, medical facilities, roads, and so forth are still being sought. In terms of infrastructure, there is a significant gap between urban and rural communities. Along with the panchayat raj, local village Govt. bodies, and some NGOs have also been involved with the government or independently strengthening the democracy at a grassroots level.

With a mission to work for the comprehensive development of the poor, Dalit, and people living on the margins, Pararth Samiti is promoting inclusive development processes and strengthening people’s institutions. Pararth Samiti is a Madhya Pradesh-based non-governmental organisation founded by like-minded youths from Chhindwara to contribute to rural development. The organization began its work in the district with a large number of tribal populations.

 





Pararth Samiti works in the district's tribal blocks, implementing a number of initiatives with the help of leading organisations. The firm has a dedicated staff with extensive development project implementation expertise. Because most of the team members are natives of the area, they have an added advantage in awareness of the village background.

A tribal village in Tamia Block named Ghatlinga which is 10 kilometres into the forest from Highway 10 and 30 kilometres from the block headquarters of Tamia, Chhindwara district in Madhya Pradesh, this community has 130 total houses and is governed by the "Bhariya" (PTG) tribes. The major dependency of the people is on agriculture as it is the major source of revenue. The economic condition remains poor of the people in the village due to low yield from agriculture as the land is very undulated with less fertile soil and a lack of irrigation facilities.

Anganwadi services were not as frequent and efficient in this area as in many other parts of the country. Immunization, weight monitoring of little children, and nutritional food delivery were all irregular, and nobody in the community seemed to care. Pregnant women, small children, and those with recent child deliveries were not visiting Anganwadi and getting its services. Pararth Samiti established six women's group in 2017 in the village and took this subject seriously and discussed it with the members of the women's group. Now the number of members in the group is increased to 66.

Through regular several meetings and personal contact with the families and Anganwadi workers, women get motivated to understand the importance of Anganwadi services which are mainly for women and children provided by the government. Now the women of the village started going to Anganwadi along with their small children and Anganwadi workers also got motivated to render their best services to them. With good coordination and cooperation, women started active participation by attending the VHND and “Mangal Day”. Through organizing “Vajan Mela” in the village, they together identified the underweight children. Then through regular monitoring and nutritional inputs, 50% children of total underweight children, were brought to normal weight. Previously only 15-20 children were attending Anganwadi, but after motivation just increased to double of numbers.

Anganwadi became active and the people of the village started being informed of facilities as a result of regular discussions and dialogues on health and nutrition. The number of children visiting Anganwadi increased and also started receiving nutritious food items regularly. Pregnant and lactating women also started getting the necessary Anganwadi services. Women's leadership is encouraged, and immunisation and polio vaccination campaigns are now a regular and successful service. The women have built a positive relationship with the government block office and the ICDS department to receive better and more consistent health and nutrition services. This could all have been possible under the leadership of Sakarwati, an active SHG member of the community.

Currently, the organisation is working with 11 Bocks in the Chhindwara district with a specific focus on tribal blocks. The major areas of work are- Health and Nutrition, Education, Approaches to Livelihoods & Education. Pararth Samiti works with underprivileged groups in general, as well as SC/ST communities, women, and children in particular. Implement a livelihood programme that is sustainable via group formation. In 56 Tamia Block villages, the organisation has supported 165 SHGs, 30 adolescent groups, 35 youth groups, and 15 farmer groups.

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Smita Singh

Smita currently finished her Masters in Economics Major. Being an introvert personality, writing suits best to her. She has vivid experience in the content area from writing research papers to writing content for various websites, blogs & stories. Smita has worked for a Patna based digital marketing company named DigiwaleBabu.