Musahar Manch

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1. Education

It is clear that path to prosperity of the community is Education. Towards this Musahar Manch is making following efforts.

  • Holding camps and campaigns (abhiyans) in Musahar dominated villages to encourage the members to send their children to schools. Manch is making efforts to ensure that there is 100 percent enrolment of Musahar children in the schools.
  • Encouraging girl child to go for higher education and making efforts to have them admitted in residential Kasturba Gandhi Schools.
  • Encouraging Musahar parents to play active role in Teachers – Parent meeting forums.

2. Health & Nutrition

It is clear that path to prosperity of the community is Education. Towards this Musahar Manch is making following efforts.

  • Holding camps and campaigns (abhiyans) in Musahar dominated villages to encourage the members to send their children to schools. Manch is making efforts to ensure that there is 100 percent enrolment of Musahar children in the schools.
  • Encouraging girl child to go for higher education and making efforts to have them admitted in residential Kasturba Gandhi Schools.
  • Encouraging Musahar parents to play active role in Teachers – Parent meeting forums.

3. Women Empowerment

Musahar Manch is committed towards gender equality and rights of women and girls. MM is doing following activities to create greater participation of women in all works of life.

  • Manch is forming groups of women into MahilaMandals so that there is a separate forum in the villages. This meets regularly and discusses various issues. Overtime it is expected to become a strong forum for change in the community.
  • Manch ensures participation of women at all levels by reserving atleast one third of all the positions in different forums.

4. Land Rights

The issue of land is a critical problem for the Musahar community, most of the Musahar families are landless. Often they do not have titles for residential land, nor do they have enough land for cultivation. Most Musahar village are settled on forest land. Musahar Manch has taken up the following.

  • Conduct public hearings and protests to get possession of leased land and to get land on lease.
  • Provide financial assistance to Musahar families to fight ongoing cases of land related issues in court
  • Create awareness and capacity building of Musahar families on land rights.

Intervention during Covid-19

Awareness on Covid -19

During Covid lockdown, Musahar Manch spread awareness of safety measures regarding Covid 19 over phone. It reached out to the Musahar families residing in 52 hamlets.

Food Kit Distribution

During the lockdown the Musahar Manch identified 510 families that did not have ration cards and would have been deprived of the government benefit of additional rations. Hence, Musahar Manch approached Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative (APPI) for distribution of food kits. APPI supported very quickly and MM which permission of the district administration provided food kits to these families.

Work under MGNREGA

During the pandemic lockdown government focused on providing wages through MGNREGA works. This was fully utilized by the Manch by mobilizing the members to go for job work. It also coordinated with the block office to ensure that NREGA works were taken up in their villages. Nearly Rs 52 lakhs of wage labour was generated.