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...
Aug 5, 2014

Initiative against corruption: Kaucha

Dear Friends,

Here is a story of the initiative of village development committee against corruption in Kaucha village:

Kaucha is situated in the Kotra block. Pastureland work is ongoing in Kaucha under MGNREGA (a government scheme). Names of 22 laborers—12 women and 10 men—were enlisted in the muster rolls for pit digging activity. After completion of the fortnight the measurement was taken by the engineer but the wage rate came to only Rs. 75 per day, which is much less than the stipulated minimum wage. Each laborer’s payment came to Rs. 750. The postmaster of the local post office was authorized to pay the laborers their wage. He gave each laborer Rs. 700 and kept Rs. 50 for himself as his own commission. The postmaster had no right taking a Rs. 50 commission from each laborer’s wage.

When the GVC (Village Development Committee) heard of the matter, they approached Seva Mandir’s Zonal Worker. Together with the Zonal Worker, the GVC leaders approached the postmaster who in the beginning denied having siphoned off Rs. 50 from each labor. Subsequently, the Zonal worker as well as the GVC leaders informed the post master that they would have to take up with matter to higher officials. It was in this instance that the postmaster, perhaps out of fear as well as guilt, owned up to his mistake and returned Rs. 50 to each of the laborers. The laborers were very thankful to the GVC and Seva Mandir and as a token of their gratitude and as way to reinforce their faith in the institution, decided to contribute Rs. 50 to their Village Development Fund.

Thank you so much friends for your continuous support to this program.

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

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Jul 31, 2014

Story of Rodi

Dear Friends,

Rodi lives in a village of our Jhadol block. Rodi is 60 years old and she is a member of a self help group of this village since March, 2011. She has 3 sons among whom one is married and a daughter.

Rodi started saving with Rs. 25 per month through the self help group and now her saving has increased up to Rs.50 per month. Before joining the group, her economical status wasn’t very good as her husband was the sole breadwinner of the family and he also didn’t earn enough.

With support of the self help group, she thought of starting her traditional business of pottery but she didn’t have the initial capital. The savings collected by her group wasn’t sufficient to meet production needs of members therefore her group applied for a bank loan under SGSY scheme of government. The group was successful in getting a loan of Rs.3,12,500 from bank.

Rodi was provided a loan of Rs.50,000 from the bank loan for starting pottery business by her group. Today Rodi and her husband make and sell pots in the local as well as in Udaipur market. She earns Rs.60,000 annually from this business. Till date she has repaid more than half of her loan. Rodi has become a role model for her group members and other self help groups.

Thank you so much for your continuous support to this program.

Regards

Atul Lekhra 

 

 

 

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Jul 22, 2014

Dal Mill: Moving Forward in Leaps and Bounds

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Seva Mandir.

It has been six years since the inception of dal mill. From a mere procurement of 65 quintals to the current procurement of 282 quintals. From simply procuring from farmers to processing and selling of dal through intervention at all stages of the value chain, the dal mill has seen it all. We started selling small quantities of dal to staff of Seva Mandir. From there to tapping clients to the likes of Hotel Taj Lake Palace, Hotel Laxmi Vilas, Banyan Roots and Sahakari Ubhokta Bhandar, the growth has been phenomenal. Last week, the Annual General Meeting of Sadhna (a women enterprise) was held. The chief guest of that meeting was Mr. William, the CEO of Fabindia. He was offered a sample of the dal produced by Nala Bachat Samiti. He cooked it at his home and liked its taste to the extent that he has expressed interest to purchase all the dal in whatever quantities we can provide him for his newly acquired India Organics. This once again testifies to the superior quality of the dal. Now that the dal mill is slowly coming to a sustainable mode, we have decided to massively scale up its capacity. The targeted procurement for next financial year is a phenomenal 800 quintals. Going by the progress its making every year, its not long before dal from Nala Bachat Samiti becomes a household name.

Thank you so much for your support.

Atul Lekhra

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