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Mega watershed Project Chhattisgarh


Magarlod block, Dhamtari district, Chhattisgarh

Magarlod block is one of the 4 blocks of Dhamtari district in Central 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 Magarlod is located 45 Km from district headquarters at Dhamtari. The block consists of 114 villages and 64 Gram Panchayats, and out of these 45 are under the project. It is spread across an area of 744 Sq Km.

As per SECC 2011, demographic data indicates that 94.78 % households are rural with 26.88 % belonging to Schedule Tribes and 13.48 % households are women headed. In Bharatpur, out of total 26410 households 19369 households have been considered under inclusion category and 18790 re under the deprivation households.6470 households are under SC/ST deprivation criterion.

Further 44.54 % of households do not have any land for cultivation and of the total land 40.63 % of is unirrigated. The census data also shows that 88.88% of families have a monthly income of less than Rs. 5000. which depicts the status of widespread poverty in the region.

About the CSO in Magarlod

In Bharatpur, Agrocrats Society of Rural Development (ASORD)) is the Civil Society Organisation implementing the project. ASORD team has been engaging with community members specially women in this region and has been active in formation and nurturing of women self-help groups and 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.

ASORD 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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