High impact Mega-Watershed project in partnership with Department of Rural Development, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation and CSO partners:

This project was formally launched on 5th October 2018 between Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Cell, Department of Panchayat and Rural Development, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation and Axis Bank Foundation. It is estimated that a total of 1 lakh families would be benefitted through land and water treatment measures in 7.29 lakhs hectares of catchments area in 28 blocks of 13 districts (Sarguja, Surajpur, Raigarh, Korba, Koriya, Dhamtari, Balrampur, Kanker, Narayanpur, Sukma, Bastar, Dantewada and Kawardha) in Chhattisgarh state. Along with this, the project aims to build capacities of front-line functionaries, PRIs, community members and CSOs on ridge to valley principles of watershed implementation.

The cost of this four years project is estimated as Rs. 1190.58 crores out of which MGNREGA cell, Department of Panchayat and Rural Development, Govt. of Chhattisgarh will ensure availability of funds for the implementation of approximately 1458 micro-watersheds to be treated with an estimated sum of Rs. 1166.40 crores over a period of four years. BRLF will invest Rs. 24.18 crores through its own resources or through co-financing mainly with Axis Bank Foundation to support the project cost mainly in meeting CSO facilitation cost, setting up of project management unit, capacity building, research and monitoring cost. CSOs involved in the project are:

  • Chaupal Gramin Vikas Prashikshan Avam Shodh Sansthan
  • Agrocrats Society for Rural Development (ASORD)
  • Bastar Sewak Mandal (BSM)
  • Centre for Action Research and Management for Developing Attitude, Knowledge and Skills in Human Resources (CARMDAKSH)
  • Lok Shakti Samiti (LSS)
  • PRADAN: Lead Partner
  • Sahabhagi Samaj Sevi Sanstha
  • Samarthan- Centre for Development Support
  • Samerth Charitable Trust (SCT)
  • Sangata Sahabhagi Gramin Vikas Sansthan
  • Sarguja Gramin Vikas Sansthan (SGVS)
  • Shamayita Math (SM)
  • Self- Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN)

Apart from these, BRLF has also been invited by Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand government to join hands with them and replicate the established models in these three states.