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Mega watershed Project Chhattisgarh


Paali block, Korba district, Chhattisgarh

Paali block is one of the 5 blocks of Korba district in North 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 Paali is located 50 Km from district headquarters at Korba. The block consists of 141 villages and 91 Gram Panchayats, and out of these 60 are under the project. It is spread across an area of 1657 Sq Km.

As per SECC 2011, demographic data indicates that 97.51 % households are rural with 54.14 % belonging to Schedule Tribes and 13.73 % households are women headed. In Pali block, 47306 out of total households 40890 households have been considered under inclusion category and 39091 are under the deprivation households. 24934 households are under SC/ST deprivation criterion.

Further 56.7 % of households do not have any land for cultivation and of the total land 80.81 % of is unirrigated. The census data also shows that 93.28 % 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 Pali

In Pali, Centre for Action Research and Management in developing Attitudes, Knowledge and Skills in Human Resources (Carm-Daksh) is the Civil Society Organisation implementing the project. Carm-Daksh 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.

Carm-Daksh 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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