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Mega watershed Project Chhattisgarh


Dantewada Block, Dakshin Bastar Dantewada district, Chhattisgarh

Dantewada block is one of the 7 blocks of Dakshin Bastar Kanker district in South Chhattisgarh. It is one of the intensive blocks selected under the High Impact Mega Watershed project which is a joint effort by the Government of Chhattisgarh and the CSOs to improve the income of rural families through water conservation and management.

The block headquarters of Dantewada block is located at district headquarters at Dantewada.  

The block consists of 59 Villages, 33 Gram Panchayats and out of these 22 are under the project. It is spread across an area of 822 Sq Km.

As per SECC 2011, demographic data 81.43 % households belong to Schedule Tribes and 18.9 % households are women headed.

In Dantewda, out of total 13,798 households 12,329 households have been considered under inclusion category and 12,289 are under the deprivation households.10,450 households are under SC/ST deprivation criterion.

Further 18.6 % of households do not have any land for cultivation and of the total land 83.66 % of is unirrigated. Census also shows that 94.74 % of the households have income less than Rs.5000 which depicts the status of widespread poverty in the region.

About the CSO in Dantewada

In Dantewada, Shamayita Math is the Civil Society Organisation implementing the project. Shamayita Math’s team has been engaging with community members specially women in this region and has been active in formation of community-based organisations. The key themes in which organisation are involved are agriculture and farm-based livelihood strengthening, promoting non-farm livelihoods such as Poultry and livestock and planning and implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

Shamayita Math team has been actively involved in community mobilisation, providing training to various stakeholders on watershed principles and ensuring that plans are made on a participatory basis. They are also involved with MGNREGA block and district functionaries to ensure that plans get sanctioned and are implemented in a quality way.




About Us

Chhattisgarh Mega Watershed Project is a joint initiative of the Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation and Axis Bank Foundation. This four-year project aspires to enhance the income of 100,000 small and marginal farmers on a sustainable basis, more than 40 percent of whom belong to the Scheduled Tribes through a consortium of 13 CSOs


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