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An Integrated Development Approach Towards the Tribals of Ten Villages of Melghat

Integral development of the Tribal Community through the process of a systematic and qualitative approach
Formation and strengthening of Community Development Organization which would take part in promotion of sustainable development of their respective villages

The Project site is ten villages(Bodhara, Chithri, Ghota, Kawadaziri, Khidki, Malur, Nardu, Rehatya, Shiwaziri, Sosokheda) of Melghat Region. These villages are located in the Dharni Block of  Amravati District, Maharashtra. It is at the foot of the Satpura mountain ranges which run East-west across the Indian sub-continent by the northern border of Maharashtra State. The entire Melghat region in which these ten villages are located is a forest area.


Dharni is the Taluka Head Quarters of these ten villages which are situated 05 km away from here. The nearest railway station is Tukaithed, which is 36 km away from here. The well-known Melghat area consists of Chikalda and Dharni Talukas and is covered with hills, valleys, and dense forests. There are around 320 villages, which come under this area out of which 150 falls under Dharni Taluka. All these villages are inhabited by tribals known as Korkus, Gonds, and Gaulans.

Direct Beneficiaries      -  nearly 1000 people
Indirect Beneficiaries   - nearly 11000 people

The Project focuses on integrated development of 10 villages of Melghat by forming and strengthening of Community Development Organization of Farmers, Women,     Youth and Children through various programs as follows:

  • Through this project we aim at Sustainable agricultural practices which will increase the yield of food crops, promotion of organic method for farming, introduce better soil and water conservation structures, improvement in the livestock management systems, helping the farmers to prepare their own manure with various botanical preparations like composts, azola, nutrient solutions and effective Micro-organism techniques which can be used beside chemical fertilizer especially for vegetable cultivation.

  • The growing of fodder will improve the health of the livestock which each farmer possesses.

  • Off-farm income Generation Programme like nutrition gardening, livestock rearing, aqua culture as a means of improving household food and nutritional and income security for widows, migrants, poor, and the marginalized.

  • Sensitize and prepare the next generation of mothers about the causative factors and manifestations of malnutrition and inform them about both institutional and home-based remedies for malnutrition and initiating the nutrition garden & Kitchen garden in the Aganwadis (Child Care Centres of the Villages) of the target villages and in the households which have backyards or in the boundaries of the agricultural fields.

  • Proper guidance to the adolescents to choose their career and prepare them for professional courses through coaching classes, guidance and to assist them to obtain all the required documents to get scholarship and other grants for education

  • Formation of Children’s Group and training them in cluster level to know their rights , to improve their talents and to encourage them to become responsible citizens by giving the responsibility of the Aganwadi nutrition garden

  • To take up measures like education, health, nutrition,  sports to enhance the quality of life of the tribal children of the target villages. This would involve taking care of children for 4-5 hours in CCCS, teaching songs, dances, drawings, action play, etc in the local tribal dialect,quarterly health check up of children below six years of age, provision of treatment for the sick children, monthly weighing for growth monitoring of children below 36 months from the second year of the Project 

  • Vocational Training Programme for the youth like tailoring & Basic computers from the second year of the Project

  • Conducting Base-line survey of the 10 target villages

  • Formation of Community Development Organizations (Farmer’s Group, Women’s Group, Adolescent’s Group of boys & Girls and Children’s Club)

  • Organizing regular village level meetings of Community Development Organizations

  • Conducting training on sustainable agricultural practices -various organic manures, pesticides, use of better quality seeds, and improved farming methods

  • Conducting training on Alternative and profitable cropping Systems.

  • Conducting  training on Value Addition of Agricultural produces

  • Conducting  training on seed grow and preservative techniques

  • Conducting training on soil and water conservation structures, importance, and measurements

  • Capacity building of the Staff

  • Construction of water and soil conservation structures

  • Supporting the selected farmers to set up vermicompost pit and azola pit

  • Providing better quality seeds to selected farmers

  • Linking various Government Schemes to the Farmers from Integrated Tribal Development Project, Agriculture Department, Local Government Body/Panchayat Samiti & Forest

  • Exposure visit to similar Project Site

  • Planting grass and promotion of fodder cultivation to feed the livestock

  • Promotion of rearing of  livestock, aquaculture, poultry unit, etc for IGP

  • Organizing   training programs for women groups on SHG Formation & various schemes

  • Organizing training program for women on Health & Hygiene

  • Setting up of Nutrition Garden & Kitchen garden at Aganwadis, the backyard of the houses or at the boundaries of the agricultural field

  • Organizing Annual Day of Women SHGs in view of celebrating International Women’s Day.

  • Career guidance & coaching class for those preparing for professional courses and assisting them to obtain required documents to appear for the entrance exam and get the scholarship and assist them to get admission for their higher studies.

  • Vocational training program –Tailoring & Basic Computers for youth at Dayasagar Social Centre and sending youth for Motor binding and mobile repairing at Roman Catholic Church, Duni. 

  • Organizing training programs for youth on various issues pertaining to their life especially in view of equipping them to become responsible Parents in future and to differ their marriage-age etc.

  • Organizing  training programs for Children on moral classes, child rights, general knowledge, protection of the environment, child abuse, etc

  • Motivating children to take responsibility for the Aganwadi Nutrition garden.

  • Arranging Annual sports, talent competitions and giving prizes

  • Setting up Child Care Centres (CCC) in the10 target villages

  • Taking care of children for 4-5 hours in CCCS, teaching songs, dances, drawings, action play, etc in the local tribal dialect.

  • Training local CCC teachers

  • Regular medical check-ups and treatment

  • Giving a set of uniforms  & study materials for CCC children

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