Seva Mandir

Seva Mandir's mission is to make real the idea of society consisting of free and equal citizens who are able to come together and solve the problems that affect them in their particular contexts. The commitment is to work for a paradigm of development and governance that is democratic and polyarchic. Seva Mandir seeks to institutionalise the idea that development and governance is not only to be left to the State and its formal bodies like the legislature and the bureaucracy, but that citizens and their associations should engage separately and jointly with the State. The mission briefly, is to construct the conditions in which citizens of plural backgrounds and perspectives can come togethe...
Nov 5, 2014

One Farmer Helping The Whole Community

'FARMERS CAN NOW FARM MORE THAN SIX TIMES AS MUCH LAND SINCE THE WATER CAN BE PUMPED UP TO THE HIGHER AREAS'

Narayan from a village in Kotra block had a well in his field, which he let the other farmers use to irrigate their adjoining fields. They paid him for the fuel used to pump the water to the surface and a third of their revenue at harvest time. He was proud that his well could be used to help the rural community. But the area is undulating and the farmers could only irrigate the land that the water could reach through gravity. This meant that for most of the year 85% of their land could not be cultivated.

With Seva Mandir's help, the well was made deeper and a lift pump was installed, with both electric and diesel machines so it could operate even during the numerous power cuts. The farmers now no longer pay fuel costs but give Narayan a quarter of their total production, out of which he pays for diesel and electricity, contributes 50% of the remainder to the village fund, and uses the rest for maintenance of the well and the machinery. So now, thanks to the lift well, they can farm all of their land (more than six times as much as before) as the water can be pumped up to the higher areas.
‘I am very proud that, by allowing my neighbors to use the lift mechanism in my well, I have helped the whole community to be much more prosperous. Seva Mandir has helped us all to live better.’

Thank you Friends for your support to this program.

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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Oct 31, 2014

Women Success Stories For You

Dear Friends,

Sharing with you two stories of our success:

1. In one of the working area of Seva Mandir, there were clashes between the males. Two groups were formed by them. For the past one year, there were no talks neither any social activity took place between these groups.

Seva Mandir comes to know about this and took the initiative. Self Help Groups of women were formed with the aim to provide women economic stability as well as for the regular communication between the members of the village. The women SHG works brilliantly. This resulted into the social interaction and communication among the women and males of these clash groups.

Together with Seva Mandir’s initiative and the women support, the clash groups are now settling down and things started back on tracks.

2. Dhanu from Pareda had to find work outside village to work as a laborer facing the awful prospects of leaving her three children unattended. She took a loan of INR 15,000 from her self help group to open a local ration shop at her home. Within a year she repaid the loan and interest. Now she is very much able to look after her children who attend school regularly.

Thank you for your support.

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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Oct 23, 2014

Dal Mill: Farmers taking Responsibilities

Dear Friends,

It has been 6 years since the formation of Nala Bachat Samiti, a group of 86 tribal farmers who are the real owners of the dal mill. From the day of its inception, Nala Bachat Samiti has taken active responsibility in undertaking operations of the dal mill. Members of Nala Bachat Samiti has played active role in procurement of raw pulses during the procurement seasons. They have also participated in the operations of machinery in the dal mill. Regular meetings have been organized over the years providing information and updates to members of Nala Bachat Samiti. Nala Bachat Samiti has matured enough to undertake the role of conflict resolution in the dal mill. Recently, the workers in the dal mill were heckled and harassed by a tribal villager named Vivek (name changed) who is also a disgruntled alcoholic. There have been quite a number of instances when he has beaten up workers in the dal mill and forcefully taken away dal without paying. In the recent meeting with Nala Bachat Samiti, this incident was brought up and a resolution was asked for from the Samiti (group). The members of the Nala Bachat Samiti, which included a family member of Vivek, unanimously decided to take turns to guard the dal mill from intrusion as also warned Vivek against future misbehavior with employees of the dal mill.

Having said that, the members of Nala Bachat Samiti have agreed to motivate more villagers to deliver their produce in the dal mill to meet the increased target of 80 tonnes of raw pulses. The new procurement centres in the villages will also be manned and monitored by members of Nala Bachat Samiti. Over time, the Nala Bachat Samiti will be empowered enough to take its own responsibilities in the entire operations of the dal mill.

Once again thank you so much for your continuous support to our program.

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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