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Direct Bank Transfer

PACS India

State Bank of India
A/c No: 0000123456789
IFSC Code: SB0001234

The poorest area civil society (PACS) program, is conceptualized and funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID). It aims to reduce poverty in the poorest regions of the country through a long-term and sustainable process.
The program aims to strengthen the capacities of the poor so that they can advocate their rights, influence politics, demand their entitlements, overcome social and economic barriers, and create opportunities to make a better life for themselves.

Title: Access to Livelihood Rights and basic health & nutrition for marginalized communities of Uttar Dinajpur

Coverage: 100 villages of three blocks (Raiganj, Kaliyaganj and Itahar) of Uttar Dinajpur district in West Bengal.

Theme(s):

A. Livelihood Rights-(MGNREGA)
B. Basic Services (Health &Nutrition)

The focus of the Project:

  • Non-discriminatory access to the socially excluded communities (socially excluded group, Schedule Caste, Tribes and Muslims, particularly the tribal communities) to access 100 days of NREGS work and also seeks to prioritize the participation of tribal women in NREGS.
  • Health and Nutritional status of the communities, the SC, ST and Minority in particular are at a grim stage. The service provision by the providers to the target population, is not regular and complete. The coverage of the Government health services relating to promotive, preventive and the curative aspects remains dismally low. Regarding ICDS, the tribal children are the last ones to receive food from the AWC. Hence, this project aims to accessing the rights by reducing the gap between the service providers and socially excluded communities through different strategies.
  • The program will try to build up the capacity, leadership of the deprived SC, ST and Minority population of Uttar Dinajpur, with a special focus on the Santhal communities. It will try to reform the local governance institution and system responsive, accountable to ensure social inclusion of hitherto excluded citizens of the region, particularly under the proposed themes of NREGS, health and nutrition.

Process wise Activity:

  • Aware the community people by informing them the provisions of Laws on the Theme of the project with the help of the existing SHG or by forming new SHG through different training and meeting.
  • Provide a platform to the community women known as PRATYA who basically tuned themselves into leaders having leadership quality and they advocate in different government bodies and service provider.
  • Make the PRATYA members strong so that they can come on behalf of the community people to entitle their rights.
  • Place these leaders into different government committees in different levels from the Gram Panchayat to Block to District level.
  • Make a good link between community people and service providers, including government officials and bodies so that the entitlements should be given to the community people in a smooth way.

Purpose of the project: Reduction of the socio-economic gap between socially excluded communities, particularly the Santhal tribal community and the general population through non discriminatory access to livelihood, health and nutrition by bringing into a sustainable, participatory and inclusive process.

Outcomes:

  • People, especially Santhal women from excluded communities/families will have alternative livelihood options – Through this project, the non discriminatory access of the excluded communities to MGNREGA will be strengthened so that it becomes a viable and dignified livelihood option for them.
  • Increase in receiving all ANC and PNC services - The ANC and PNC services for the pregnant and lactating mothers of the Tribal communities are the prime components in the reduction of maternal and child’s death.
  • Increase in institutional delivery – This project will create the awareness and sensitizations which will change the behavior of the community to get necessary services to enhance the accessibility for institutional delivery and accessing JSY scheme.
  • Children breast fed (exclusively) during the first six months and timely introduction of complementary feeding - The project will aware the people about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months which should be practiced by all women to combat malnutrition among children.
  • Discrimination free access to nutrition and health services from ICDS centres – The project will ensure convergence of services for women, and children from one outlet, improved health coverage and better performance of the children in primary education. 100% of the eligible children, pregnant women and lactating mothers received supplementary nutritional food regularly in the PACS targeted areas.