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1000 village integrated development program, Maharashtra

 
 

Organization : Village Social Transformation Foundation

 
 

Location : Maharashtra

 
 

Project Description

Current Geography of Operations:

The districts and further Gram Panchayats have been selected based on those with low HDI indicators and thus are concentrated in the Marathwada and Vidharba regions. The implementation in these villages was conducted in phases, the aim is to transform 1000 villages as a demonstration for holistically developed “model villages”. The program is currently running in 905 villages across 25 districts of Maharashtra.

 

Process: 

Enabling the last-mile coverage & monitoring of development activities through partnership & sustainability focus

  • Needs Assessment: CMRDFs stay at the village and assess the development needs of the individual and community level. 
  • Gram Panchayat Development Planning and Approval: Development activities planned and developed in consultation with Sarpanch, Gram Sevak, Corporate  Partners and approved at Gram Sabha and District mission council including the needs spread across all 16 thematic indicators - Sustainable Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Dairy, Soil & Water Conservation, Rural Housing, Women & Child Development, Health, Quality Education, Water & Sanitation for all, Affordable and CLean energy, Skilling and Entrepreneurship, Environment & Bio-diversity, Livelihood & MGNREGA, Financial inclusion & Market Access, Community Infra & MGNREGA, Social Behaviour, Innovation. 
  • Quality & Timely Implementation: CMRDF ensures final implementation through the convergence of funds of all the available sources at GP level - 14th Finance Commission, Government Schemes, PESA fund, GP own funds, Other sources and VSTF-CSR provided gap funding) 
  • Reviews of District & State level: Monthly reviews headed by District Collector at the district level and Director, RDD at the state level to assess the progress, review the action plans and timelines, address and mitigate bottlenecks. 
  • Exit Strategy/ Sustainability Plan: Empowering the villages to be self-reliant & equipped with the Government Department support to carry forward the development goals in a sustainable manner. 


I. Chief Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship – Ensuring quality and timely implementation at village level:

Chief Minister’s Rural development fellows (CMRDFs) are young qualified and motivated professionals, trained and placed in Gram panchayats to assess development needs through intensive public participation, facilitate government convergence by creating a comprehensive Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) which includes multi-thematic development activities to be conducted in the village. This comprehensive plan will include under 14th Finance commission, PESA, Gram panchayat funds, central & state government individual and community level schemes through extensive public participation and stakeholder consultations. 

CMRDFs are recruited through a competitive process and are contracted with the foundation for 11 months which includes 1 month of training. This is a compulsory residential fellowship program, where the fellow has to mandatorily reside in an assigned gram panchayat. Depending on performance and developments achieved in gram panchayat, the fellowship contract can be extended maximum up to 33 months. 

Since the inception of Village Social Transformation Foundation in August 2017, VSTF has expanded in a phase-wise manner from 11 districts, 140 GPs, 280 villages in 2017 to 19 districts, 315 GPs, 650 villages in 2018 and till date VSTF is operational in 25 districts, 484 GPs and 905 villages. Correspondingly, from the total strength of 88 fellows in year 1 to 134 in year 2, we are at a total capacity of 450 fellows. 


II. Multi-thematic development of villages 

VSTF brings about wide-scale behavioural change across 16 focus areas in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), ensuring self-sustainability of the villages (Sustainable Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Dairy, Soil & Water Conservation, Rural Housing, Women & Child Development, Health, Quality Education, Water & Sanitation for all, Affordable & Clean Energy, Skilling & Entrepreneurship, Environment & Biodiversity, Livelihood & MGNREGA, Financial Inclusion & Market Access, Community Infrastructure, Social Behaviour and Innovation). Each village and geographical area have different needs and issues thematically based on various socio-economic parameters, availability of natural resources, etc. 

The fellows are trained to assess the needs across all the thematic areas while they are simultaneously emphasising on the access to the primary needs like Water, Sanitation, Health, etc. 

There are over 300 central and state-level government schemes across all these development indicators, many of which often do not receive the awareness generation and momentum building to increase their access. VSTF ensures that the initial activities planned in the villages aim to maximise the convergence with existing government schemes and facilities; further to which the gaps and additional development needs could be implemented through VSTF and partner support. 


III. Funding to Gram panchayats

The foundation provides a flexible grant not exceeding Rs. 10 lakh per revenue village to each Gram panchayat under the program as gap funding for the activities planned under the comprehensive Gram Panchayat Development Plan that would not be covered by existing government schemes. This grant is termed as Gram Kosh, which is provided to an independent ring-fenced account operated by Gram Sevak and Sarpanch. Gram Kosh funds are to be spent as per resolution and village development plan passed in Gram Sabhas.


IV. District Mission Councils

In order to facilitate the convergence of government schemes and accelerate the implementation of the development activities on the ground, District Mission Councils (DMCs) have been constituted in each district. DMCs are chaired by District Collector and include CEO ZP, heads of departments and other district officers, VSTF District Executives, CMRDFs, NGO representatives and corporate partners working in the district. DMC meetings are convened on a monthly basis and reviewed from the Chief Minister’s office on a quarterly basis.

Development plans which are approved by Gram Sabhas are presented to DMC for approval of activities to be executed through government schemes and funds. Once plans are approved by DMC, VSTF provides Gram Kosh funding to Gram panchayats following which the DMCs conduct monthly reviews of the progress and address any bottlenecks in implementation. 

Current Geography of Operations:
The districts and further Gram Panchayats have been selected based on those with low HDI indicators and thus are concentrated in the Marathwada and Vidharba regions. The implementation in these villages was conducted in phases, the aim is to transform 1000 villages as a demonstration for holistically developed “model villages”. The program is currently running in 905 villages across 25 districts of Maharashtra.
 
 
 
 

Project Type : CSR

 
 

Special Features of Project

  • Chief Ministers Rural Development Fellows based at the village level and ensuring planning and implementation of development activities.
  • Convergence to the tune of 13x at village level from all sources of funds available to villages through a comprehensive village development plan. VSTF support through gap funding. 
  • Buy-in of the entire length and breadth of the state government machinery. 
  • Adarsh Gram (Model Village) proposals and competition in the state of Maharashtra. 
  • Scale (Government) + Skill (Corporates, philanthropies, etc.) = maximised impact. 
  • The bottom-up approach of village-level planning for specific development needs to be generated through community participation. 
  • Localising Sustainable Development Goals at the village level on a wider scale.
Chief Ministers Rural Development Fellows based at the village level and ensuring planning and implementation of development activities.
Convergence to the tune of 13x at village level from all sources of funds available to villages through a comprehensive village development plan. VSTF support through gap funding. 
Buy-in of the entire length and breadth of the state government machinery. 
Adarsh Gram (Model Village) proposals and competition in the state of Maharashtra. 
Scale (Government) + Skill (Corporates, philanthropies, etc.) = maximised impact. 
The bottom-up approach of village-level planning for specific development needs to be generated through community participation. 
Localising Sustainable Development Goals at the village level on a wider scale.
 
 

Project Donors and Partners

Tata Trusts,RF,Mahindra,Axis Bank,HT Parekh,HUL,JSW Foundation,PlanIndia,ReckittBenckiser,HansFoundation,Syngenta,Idea,Deutsche Bank,Shri Siddhivinayak,ATE Chandra Foundation,Wildlife Conservation Trust,SwadesFoundation,Enam,UNICEF,D-MART,Rare Enterprises,Textbook Bureau,GoM,SYSKA Led
 
 
 

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