2010-2011

ANNUAL NARRATIVE REPORT – 2010 – 2011

Name of the Organisation: Elgar Pratishthan

Approved by: Secretary, Elgar Pratishthan

  1. Context of the Organization

In the reporting period an important change in the human rights situation has arisen from a writ petition before the High Court, Nagpur in which the court has passed an interim order that local people have right to access and collect bamboo as a minor forest produce under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 but do not have the right to fell bamboo. This has created a situation where people will have to depend on the forest department for supplying bamboo for traditional crafts. However, Gram Sabha in village Lekha Mendha of Gadchiroli district asserted its right to fell and sell bamboo and became the first village in the country to get group rights over forest. There is a tussle over forest produce in the area which will take shape in the next couple of years. 

  1. Internal Organisation

Major Policy Decisions: The major policy decisions during the reporting period are as follows:

  1. The organisation initiated a dairy cooperative linked to the government’s District Dairy Development Office.
  2. The organisation decided to strengthen the anti-liquor campaign in the district.
  3. The organisation started a Children’s Science Centre.

Major Changes in the Organisation’s Formal Structure and/or Decision Making Mechanism: The people’s organisation elected a new executive body with Rajeshwar Sahare as President.  As decided last year, a director was appointed for Elgar Pratishthan from April 2010.

Board Meetings of Elgar Pratishthan: The executive board of Elgar Pratishthan met once every three months. A total of four meetings were held. There was one general body meeting. There were no changes in the board or management level. At the staff level also there were minor changes.

  1. Results

Women’s Programme

Domestic violence: 

Seventy two persons (a majority women) approached the Family Counselling centre run the organization at Mul for help in cases of marital conflicts and land rights cases. Out of these in 20 cases the couples have been helped to work out the differences. In seven cases the woman decided to leave the marital home and the organization helped them to retrieve her possessions with the help of the police. A total of Rs.1,07,000 in cash and Rs.8 lakhs in cheque, 2.5 tolas gold, and Rs. 1,92,000 worth of furniture, household items and utensils were retrieved. In six cases the couples have agreed on mutual divorce. In two cases FIRs were filed in police stations under 498a IPC, against the men. Nine cases of maintenance have been filed in the courts of Judicial Magistrate First Class under section 125 Cr.P.C. 

Women’s Land and Property Rights: 

(a) Marubai Jangu Kulmethe had 24 acres land in village Sondo of Rajura block was dispossessed from her land by nontribals. The land was restored to her through order of the SDO. 

(b) Bhimbai Shankar Shedmake of village Panchgaon of Rajura block had 16 acres of land in the village which was fraudulently ‘bought’ by a nontribal. The SDO ordered in her favour which was challenged by the buyer in civil suit. The organisation helped her to obtain favourable order and the land is in her possession.

On 19th June 2010 Rukminabai Raju Bhutolu was beaten in village Pittiguda No 2 of Jivti block by nontribals who wanted to dispossess her from her land. The PSI  of Pittiguda police station did not take cognizance. The organisation made a complaint to the S.P who registered offence against the nontribals and handed over the investigation to the SDPO  Gadchandur. The tribal lady could retain possession with the help of the organisation and police. 

Kannubai Madavi of village Bambezari of Rajura block was declared protected tenant with the help of the organisation.

Women’s Day: The organisation participated in the women’s day celebration in Chandrapur which was organized by the Bhartiya Stree Sanghatana. 

Anti-liquor Campaign: Although we have been working on the antiliquor issue since several years, we decided to focus on this issue in 2010. On 7th June 2010 we started the campaign from Chandrapur by organizing a demonstration of more than 5000 women. Dr. Rani Bang and other dignitaries joined the demonstration to demand complete prohibition in the district. We organized villages in all 15 blocks of the district against illicit liquor and also against licensed liquor shops. In several villages illicit liquor is controlled because of the action of women and support by the police. On 31st September, women in all 15 blocks sat in protest outside the offices of Tehsildar against the sale of illicit liquor and giving of licenses without consultation with Gram Sabha. On 2nd October women attended Gram Sabhas in large numbers and in 60 Gram Sabhas they passed resolution for prohibition in the district, closing of liquor shops and action against illicit liquor sellers. A delegation of women leaders met Minister Shri. Shivajirao Moghe who is heading the committee for drafting the state policy related to de-addiction. They also met Rural Development Minister Shri. Jayant Patil, Irrigation Minister Shri. Sunil Tatkare and all MLAs of the district with the demand.

Between 4th December to 9th December, more than 6000 women and men walked 130 kms from Chandrapur district to Nagpur assembly to demand prohibition in the district. Home Minister Shri. R.R. Patil met the demonstration and came with the delegation to meet the Chief Minister. The delegation was led by Paromita Goswami, Dr. Rani Bang, Shri. Dnyanesh Wakudkar. At the end of the discussion it was decided that a special committee would be set up to study the issue in detail and make recommendations. Women MLAs across party lines met the people and supported the delegation. The next day BJP state chief Shri. Sudhir Mungantiwar led a discussion in the Assembly and introduced a Private Member’s Bill demanding re-assessment of the Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949 and the demand for dry district in Chandrapur. On 22nd February 2011 the government of Maharashtra notified the committee to look into the liquor issue in Chandrapur district. It is a seven member committee chaired by Shri. Sanjay Deotale, Guardian Minister of Chandrapur. There are no women on the committee against which we protested. Other members of the committee are Shri. Madan Dhankar, Shri. J.A. Shaikh, Shri. Manohar Sapre, Dr. Vikas Amte and Dr. Abhay Bang. The excise superintendent is the ex-officio secretary of the committee. We are conducting signature campaign and also mobiliz women to put demand for prohibition in the district. Several gram panchayats are also passing resolutions with the same demand. In Rajura an all-party public meeting was held in March 2011 attended by several thousands to press for prohibition. In Mul block people formed a Darumukti Committee and in several wards of the town meetings were held. Mul Nagar Palika passed a resolution for prohibition. In Chandrapur the Senior Citizens’ Forum and Chandrapur Bachao Sangharsh Samity organized several meetings on the issue. On women’s day there were several meetings on this issue in the city.

On 28th December 2010 the Government of Maharashtra brought out an order permitting liquor shops to remain open till 5:a.m on 1st January 2011. More than 200 demonstrated against this order outside the Collector’s office in Chandrapur leading to the decision by district administration to close down all shops at 12 midnight on the grounds of law and order. The liquor lobby opposed this move tooth and nail stating that they would lose a business of Rs.5 Crores in the five hours but the administration remained firm in their response to the demands of the women. 

New bars were proposed in Borchandli village of Mul block and in Jivti village. We helped women organize and also file objections with the Excise commissioner, Mumbai and other authorities such that the bars were not sanctioned. There were 45 applications for new licenses in the district and the police took objection on all of these stating law and order as the reason.

A tribal woman Minakshi Tekam was attacked in village Gunjewahi, Taluka Sindewahi for organizing women to propose closing of the village liquor shop. The organisation helped her register offence against the men who had harassed her and they were arrested.

In village Khedi women organized against illicit liquor sold by a local Dhabawala. In village Khadki of Nagbhid block youths and women organized and stopped illicit liquor. In village Lambori of Jivti block women caught illicit liquor and broke the cans. Women of village Bhatala demonstrated outside police station Shegaon demanding  action against illicit liquor sellers. Women in village Antargaon of Saoli block caught illicit liquor sellers and registered offences against them. 

In opposition to our efforts the liquor dealers formed a District Liquor Association and took out a huge rally of 10,000 people demanding that liquor should continue in the district. They collected large sums of money for furthering their demands. The report brought out by Elgar on the impact of liquor was opposed by the liquor lobby who held press conference against the report and threatened legal action against the organisation. But such a case was not registered. The police have asked Elgar to increase security measures of their office premises.

Yavatmal District – On 30th Junuary 2011 Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samity led by Shri. Kishore Tiwari organized a huge rally against liquor in Yavatmal district which women from Chandrapur attended and addressed. There was a follow-up rally outside the Yavatmal District Collectorate led by Ms. Kranti Dhote, Shri. Kishore Tiwari and Paromita Goswami which we attended. Women leaders handed over memorandum to the collector as representative of the government.

  • Bhandara District – On 10th March 2011 there was a news item in ‘Sakal’ that a Dalit woman Meenakshi Dahiwale was killed by liquor sellers in village Golewadi of Bhandara district. We visited the village and handed over memorandum to the collector and excise superintendent. Later a public rally was organized by the women in the area outside the collector office.
  • Wardha District – We made a presentation at the state level meeting on prohibition chaired by Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari at Wardha.Village Ghosari –  The voting of women against licensed liquor shop in village Ghosari was announced for 14th July 2010. The liquor shopowner who was also the Sarpanch of the village forcibly took around 200 women outside the district on 12th July to prevent them from voting. We helped the women leaders to represent the case before the district administration such that the voting was postponed. Thereafter the Gram Panchayat elections were announced in August 2010. In Ghosari the women decided to fight the elections on the issue of closing the liquor shop. They formed a panel and in a tough contest won six out of nine seats. The liquor shop owner lost his seat in more than twenty years. Ms. Kapila Bhasarkar, a Dalit single woman has become the Sarpanch and is leading the antiliquor struggle in the area. The Sarpanch-liquor seller and his musclemen were outraged at losing the elections and attacked women who supported the anti-liquor panel. Two offences were registered in the Mul police station against them. The liquor sellers also took out a rally in Mul against Elgar for helping the women to organize. The new committee has undertaken a revision of the existing electoral list to ensure that voters who are from Andhra Pradesh, who have either died or left the village are deleted and those whose names were left out are included. After the update is over they are preparing for voting against the liquor shop. The new committee has also started revision of BPL list to the extent that 6 rich persons whose names were recorded under BPL have been arrested under section 420 IPC.

Social Security

Applications were filed for social security programmes in various blocks as follows:

Sl.No. Name of Block Applications filed Sanctioned
1. Mul  40 20
2. Sindewahi  25 10
3.  Saoli  49 30 
4. Jivti 35 22
5. Rajura 22 14
6. Pombhurna 30 27
7.  Chamorshi 49 40

Self Help Groups: 

The organization has helped women to form a total of 142 SHGs with a membership as follows:

  1. Chamorshi – 20 groups with 356 members
  2. Saoli-21 groups with 330 members
  3. Jivti-29 groups with 400 members
  4. Mul-42 groups with 548 members,
  5. Pombhurna-33 groups with 495 members

Publications: In the reporting period we brought out 39 newsletters.  We also brought out the following booklets :

Vidhwa, paritakta … phakta darumule’ (A report on the situation of widows and abandoned women due to alcoholism)

Sanghatana, Sahakar ani Dugdha vyavsay (Organising, cooperation and dairy)

Elgar Gite (Songs of Elgar – written by Premdas Uike)

Shramik Elgar – Warshik Ahwal (Annual Report 2010)

Block Level Meetings: Block level meetings of at least four hundred members every month was conducted at Mul, Saoli, Sindewahi, Pombhurna, Jivti, Chamorshi, and Mulchera blocks. A majority of these were women

Trainings:  

A total of 10 training camps were organized throughout the year. Four training camps were held for members of Shramik Elgar in which a total of 85 village level leaders participated. Four camps were organized for women in which a total of 109 women participated. One camp was held for 29 full time volunteers and senior staff members. We also helped SRM College of Social Work, Chandrapur organized their five days rural camp for MSW students at Chitegaon.

Unorganised Rural Labour: 

(a) State Parliamentary Committee on EGS led by MLA Shri. Virendra Jagtap visited the district on 16th, 17th and 18th June. A delegation from the organisation met the committee on 17th morning with memorandum containing complaints regarding the following (a) Not a single irrigation well was sanctioned under MREGA since the initiation of the scheme inspite of applications. (b) In village Karwa work was not given inspite of demanding. (c) In village Ghot the payment was not according to hard work that the labourers had done but soil work according to the estimate. (d) There were inordinate delay in payment in 19 villages. (e) The labour commissioner had not taken cognizance of complaints of labourers from villages Antargaon and Chicholi. (f) The revised estimates not sanctioned by ZP. (g) The formats under the Act were not available in gram panchayats. The committee took serious cognizance of the complaints and the administration was asked for compliance.

(b) The first offence for corruption under MREGS was registered by women members of the organisation on 30th September 2010. More than 100 labourers from villages Chargaon and Dongargaon had worked under MREGS through the agriculture department in Sindewahi block. The work was completed in May 2010 but they were not paid. Finally the labourers demonstrated and demanded that they should be shown the muster rolls. When the muster rolls were read out it was found that names of several persons who had never worked at the site had been included. Women labourers forcibly took the registers and went and deposited the same to Sindewahi police station and also gave their statements that there were false names in the register. However, the police did not register offence and kept the matter for investigation. Meanwhile, the agriculture department registered offence against the women for ‘theft’ of the register and creating ‘obstruction in performance of official duties’. On 30th September the women sat in protest outside the police station. In presence of the Subdivisional police officer, the executive magistrate conducted the preliminary enquiry into the complaint by the women and prima facie it was found that their complaint was correct. Accordingly, an offence (FIR) was registered against the erring officials of the agriculture department by the executive magistrate under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Two officials were arrested on the same day. This incident got wide coverage in the local and state press.

(c ) The organisation helped people get work under MREGA as under:

  1.  Pombhurna block – 147 in Satara Bhonsale
  2. Saoli block – 70 in Pathri, 150 in Nimgaon, and 225 in Khedi
  3. Nagbhid block – 255 in Girgaon

(d) In Brahmapuri block 167 labourers were employed for construction of Indira Sagar Dam. Women were being paid Rs. 50 and men Rs. 90. The organisation helped the labourers to demand for an increase to Rs.110 for women and Rs. 150 for men.

(e) In villages Nandgaon and Yejgaon of Mul block payment under MREGA was delayed because post office was not ready to open accounts. The organisation intervened in both places and helped labourers get payment of Rs. 750000 was given to around 700 workers.

(f) In village Bhejgaon of Mul block construction labourers not paid by contractor and the organisation helped nine labourers get Rs. 36000.

(g) In villages Pethgaon and Bhategaon of Saoli block 38 labourers were not paid at stone quarries. Rs. 28000 paid after the organisation helped them to file complaint to the tehsildar.

(h) Arvind Dadaji Meshram, a labourer died in Shantikunj Solvent company in Mul block. The organisation helped the family get Rs.550000 in compensation.

(i) 45 labourers from Sindewahi block went to A.P. Chittoor district as labourers in a fruit company and they were not paid full wages. The organisation helped them recover Rs. 2.4 lakhs.

Land Rights: During the reporting period the organisation has worked on land issues as follows:

(1) Nontribals in Jivti block have encroached upon tribal land and the restoration process is going on since 2004. Over the years non tribals had filed 27 civil suits in the District Court, Chandrapur seeking injunction against restoration of land to tribals and declaration of the land to be theirs. It is a great achievement that on 9th February 2011 application for injunction was rejected in all the cases. This has opened the way for restoration in all these cases.

(2) Bhimrao Jaitu Madavi’s land in village Nandappa (admeasuring 1.21 ha) was encroached upon by Yadav Chitgire. This was restored with the help of police and revenue departments. 

(3) Lachhu Karnu Madavi of village Dampur Mohda having around 5 acres was stopped by nontribals from cultivating his own land. The organisation helped him to get police protection for cultivation. 

 (4) Nine families in village Bailampur of Rajura block were cultivating forest land since many years. This land was handed over by forest department to the Manikgarh cement factory to build conveyor belt for their captive mines. The farmers demanded compensation but were denied. The organisation helped them to keep possession of the land for five years and finally this year the company negotiated with the farmers and gave Rs. 4 lakhs per acre and employment to one person in the family.

(5) On 1st June 2010 tribals from village Shedwahi in Jivti block called up the organisation seeking urgent help as the non-tribals were planning to forcibly and violently dispossess the tribals the next day by stopping them from coming to their own fields. The organisation informed Home Dy SP, Korpana police station and police control room. The next day the police reached the village by 9:00 a.m. but by that time the nontribals had gathered and started throwing stones at the tribals. A major riot was prevented due to the organisation. Several nontribals were arrested in this case. 

(6) The village of Murti Kolam Guda in Rajura Block was severely damaged due to heavy rains. The organization arranged for the temporary stay of the affected families in the local school. The organization was shocked to learn the slow response of the administration in coming to the aid of the villagers. During the meeting with the villagers we came to learn that not only Murti Kolam Guda is a resettlement village it does not even exist on paper with the administration. The farm lands had not yet been regularized and there was a tussle going on between the Forest and Revenue department for distribution of the land pattas. The consistent meeting and agitation with the administration had led to the recognition of the title rights on land cultivated by the villagers.  

Violence by Police 

PSI of Pittiguda police station beat up five tribals from village Anandguda of Jivti block inspite of there being no offence registered against them and on the mere suspicion that they were dealing with stolen gold. The organisation helped the tribals to register complaint against the officer.

Forest Rights: The work on forest rights has taken several directions. (1) While we were following up on the pending claims we realized that the titles that are being given do not properly document the status of the land. Therefore we procured titles given under the Forest Rights Act in Andhra Pradesh and compared them with those given in Maharashtra. We found that the titles given in Andhra Pradesh are infinitely better. We have had meetings with senior bureaucrats as well as Minister, Tribal Development Department in this regard to persuade Maharashtra government to adopt the same format as Andhra Pradesh.

(2) The High Court, Nagpur has initiated a suo motu writ petition on illicit bamboo felling in the Tadoba Tiger Reserve and the matter in the court proceeded without hearing the side of the local people. One of the issues before the court was whether local communities have right to bamboo as a minor forest produce under the provisions of the Forest Rights Act. After the argument by the state the court concluded in an interim order that indeed people have right to access and collect bamboo but this does not include the right to fell bamboo. At the district level this order translated into the forest department employing home guards to protect the forest from felling by the local people, which in turn adversely affected the livelihood of thousands of tribal and other families dependent on bamboo for making mats and baskets. We rallied traditional bamboo artisans from 32 villages and demonstrated against the forest department for failing to represent the ground realities before the court. We also said that since the court has recognized people’s right to access bamboo but not fell it, the forest department should do the felling and make it available to the people. Then the issue of prices came up. We found that the government of Maharashtra has contracted with the largest paper mill in India, the Ballarpur Paper Mill, and made bamboo available to them at a paltry sum of Rs.650 per metric tonne. This comes to around Rs.0.85 per bamboo on an average for the paper mill whereas the local people are given bamboo at Rs.15 per bamboo. We have demanded that the people should be given bamboo at the same rate. The forest department has agreed to formulate a plan for providing bamboo to the people at a cheap rate and we are following up on this.

(3) Problems in the Buffer Zone – The forest department has recently announced a buffer zone around the core zone of the Tadoba Tiger Reserve. There was a lot of disquiet among the people in the villages included in the buffer zone because they thought it would lead to unnecessary intrusion by the forest department and adverse impact on their livelihoods. We organized a discussion with 16 Sarpanches from the buffer zone and helped to put forward the demand that the microplans should be prepared in consultation with the Gram Sabha and not by NGOs. The sixteen Sarpanches together addressed a press conference with wide coverage leading to the forest department and wildlife department calling several joint meetings to discuss the microplans, ecotourism plans and remove doubts from the minds of the people.

Rajiv Gandhi Housing Scheme – On the fiftieth anniversary of Maharashtra foundation, the state government announced the Rajiv Gandhi Housing Scheme for BPL families. In Chandrapur 512 families were selected for the scheme and they were asked to pull down their existing houses and execute an agreement that they would use the money from the scheme to build new homes. The beneficiaries pulled down their houses and took loan from the market to start building with the hope that they would soon be given money from the scheme. However the state government did not send any money to the district administration (DRDA) and the people were suffering. Elgar helped the people to organize and file writ petition in the Nagpur High Court as a result of which Rs.3,50,00,000 (Rs. Three Crores and Fifty Lakhs) was distributed to the people by the DRDA.

Republic Day Celebration: More than 5000 members of the peoples’ organisation came together to celebrate Republic Day at Rajura. The new executive committee of the peoples’ organisation was declared on this day. The annual report of the peoples’ organisation was released on the occasion and members also addressed the gathering on various issues.

Farmers’ Cooperatives: 

In spite of the severe drought both the cooperatives (in Jivti and Pombhurna blocks) survived, although the paddy farmers in Pombhurna block were worst hit. The good monsoon in 2010 has helped the coops to regain a bit. In Jivti block two cooperative members from villages Markalmeta and Pallezari donated one acre each for collection centre and office of the cooperative. Pombhurna cooperative acted as a facilitator for coops in Mul and Saoli by providing them with agriculture inputs for the season of 2010. We are definitely seeing a change in the areas where the coops are functioning. In Jivti tribals have stopped going to moneylenders and the number of moneylenders coming from Andhra during agriculture season has declined. Members have started dealing with the cooperative as an institution. In Pombhurna the cooperative had an impact that other farm shops could not charge exorbitant rates from farmers.

Two training camps were organised for 40 community leaders in co-operative management. Farmer’s meetings were held regularly at Pombhurna and Jivti as well as in the villages of these blocks to discuss agriculture related issues in connection with cooperatives. In Pombhurna because of the death of the secretary of the cooperative and resignation of the president, a new executive body was elected which is functioning well.

Jivti and Pombhurna Cooperatives also introduced the concept of Farmers’ Groups in their respective areas. The idea is based on self help groups only. The contributions in the Farmers Groups are much higher and the farmers will get seeds and fertilizers equivalent to the money they have contributed in the group. Farmers Groups have encouraged people to put a part of their earnings for the coming agricultural season and at the same time it gives the Cooperatives the much required capital to invest early on in the seeds and fertilizers. The market for fertilizers is highly biased in favour of merchants and businessmen who have the necessary capital to invest early and speculate according to supply. All the local suppliers and even public institutions have to adjust to their pricing mechanisms. To break this cycle Cooperatives need to develop their own pool capital for timely investments in seeds and fertlisers. The table below shows the amount collected by the Cooperatives through Farmers Groups. We think this is one of the ways through which we can move towards self-sustainability in the Cooperatives.

   The details of the cooperatives for the year 2010 – 2011 are as under:

Pombhurna Jivti
No. of villages 11 25
No. of members 245 219
Members (men) 212 165
Members (women) 33 54
Farmers Group 19 38
Members in the Farmers Group 133 438(Non members have been included later to be included as full- fledged members)
Amount deposited by members in the Farmers Group Rs.46,700  Rs. 60,890
Advances Collected for 2011-12 agricultural season Rs.70,000 Rs. 1,94,000

Dairy Cooperative 

This year we started a dairy cooperative Ashirwad Dairy Cooperative which is linked to the District Dairy Development Office and the market is provided by the government’s chilling centre. Farmers from villages Chitegaon and Pimpalkhut are supplying around 80 litres per day. The cooperative is supported by Edelgive Foundation.

Education: This year we started a Children’s Science Centre at Mul which was inaugurated by Shri. Prabhu Rajgadkar, Addl. CEO, Zilla Parishad, Chandrapur. 1468 children between 10 years to 15 years from 24 schools of 10 blocks visited the centre. The centre has various experiments and models of physics, chemistry, geography, biology etc which are not available in the schools in the rural areas. The children come in groups from villages accompanied by volunteers or teachers and spend the day at the centre.

Number of Men and Women Reached Directly and Indirectly

Activity Planned Men Women Direct

Total

Indirect Total Approx Remarks
Filing of Cases – Domestic Violence, Land, Property 50 72 72 200
Legal cases 17 17 50
Grassroots Campaign for Women’s Rights  3000 5000 20000 25000 50000 Total of participants in anti liquor campaigns and women’s day celebrations.
Conducting SHG Meetings 2000 members 2129 2129 4000
Newsletter 40 2000 39 newsletters published
Campaign Materials 5000  5000 Total of reports on women’s status and impact of alcoholism, annual report of peoples’ organisation, Dairy cooperative, pamphlets of various issues
Monthly Block Meetings 400 per month  400  Monthly block meetings were held in Mul, Saoli, Sindewahi, Pombhurna, Jivti, Rajura, Korpana, Chamorshi, and Mulchera blocks. 
Community Level Programmes 6 3000 3000 6000 7000 Total of participants in Republic Day, Ambedkar Jayanti, women’s day
Trainings quarterly 153 195 348 Total of all training programmes (including non-HIVOS).
Strengthening two farmers’ coops 464 377 315 692 700 Women are participating enthusiastically in Farmers Groups.

 

Progress on the Achievement of Objectives

The struggle against liquor – both illicit liquor as well as licensed liquor shops – has intensified. The campaign has led to formation of committee and several organizations in the district have joined the struggle against liquor. Some political leaders have also announced their support to the cause. There is a possibility that this can lead to some major changes in the Bombay Prohibition Act. 

The relief work extended by the organisation to villages suffering natural disasters has led to long term association with these villages. We were able to organize help from Chandrapur city through the help of friends in media and this led to good contacts in the city also.

Reflection

The campaign has generated a lot of energy in the region taking the work of the organisation ahead. The campaign got good support from media and friends in Nagpur and Chandrapur.

We were given the Rukmini Award by the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University at the hands of Shri. Hari Narke, renowned scholar on Phule and Ambedkar. 

  1. Monitoring Performance and Organisational Quality

The board and staff met regularly through out the year for monitoring and planning. The central committee of the people’s organisation, the block level committees, and the board of directors of the cooperatives also met regularly every month for this purpose. 

The organisation monitored the performance by staff reports, field visits, meetings with the peoples’ organisation members, feedback from participants and discussions with key persons in the district like elected representatives and media persons. For example, the major change that we had to make in the programme was to include strengthening of cooperatives instead of expansion to a new district. 

The organisation has shared its progress with beneficiaries and stakeholders through annual report of the people’s organisation which included information about the cooperatives. We separately published the information regarding dairy cooperative in booklet form titled  Sanghatana, Sahakar ani Dugdha Vyavsay. Additionally we published newsletters every week which included all important information about the activities of the organisation. All these publications are in Marathi and widely circulated amongst members, government offices, media offices and general public.

  1. Relationship with Supporters

During the reporting period we corresponded with all our supporters including Hivos, Ajws, Fghr, and Edel Give Foundation as required.

  • Overview of Income Sources

The major income sources have been (a) UUHIP-HIVOS which gave Rs. 19,90,866. 

(b) AJWS also gave $25,000 for livelihood development in tribal areas and educational activities. 

(c) FGHR gave $30,000 in general support which was used for working on issues of land rights, unorganised rural labour and forest rights. 

(d) Edelgive Foundation gave Rs. 6,00,000 for dairy cooperative.

  • List of Publications

1.Vidhwa Paritakta Phakta Darumule – Report on impact of alcoholism on lives of single women.  (Marathi).

  • Shramik Elgar Varshik Ahawal 2010 – Annual report (January 2010 to December 2010) of the peoples’ organisation. (Marathi).
  • 3. Sanghatana, Sahakar ani Dugdha Vyavsay – Booklet on dairy business and its relation to organizing and cooperation. (Marathi)