Demand for Implementation of Government Schemes
Sampark views panchayats as a vehicle of grassroots development. It visualises panchayats as a forum for removing obstacles in implementation of government schemes like social security pensions, national family assistance scheme, national maternity assistance scheme, public distribution system, anganwadi, antyodaya scheme, total rural employment scheme, food for work, etc.
To enable the people to benefit from these schemes, they were provided with detailed information. Lists of stakeholders who were left out from the purview of schemes were prepared and their demands were put before the gram sabha. When sufficient response would not come from gram sabha, the matter could taken to higher levels like village secretariat, sub-divisional secretariat and divisional secretariat. When responses would not come from the divisional secretariat too, the matter could raised before the District Collector.
If all these avenues failed to deliver, the matter could be taken to court. Attempts have been made to raise 115 issues related to the developmental schemes of the villages toSupreme Court too.
While working on people’s rights, it was always kept in mind that local people were associated and they would controll the entire process and it would taken forward by them only. The role of Sampark was confined to provide information and work as a facilitator only.
Read Report: Madhya Pradesh Jankaravan 2005