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From 2009-2016, the Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) programme worked in 90 districts, 517 blocks and 22,404 villages across seven Indian States - Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal - to help socially excluded communities to claim their rights and entitlements more effectively. Since April 2016, PACS has consolidated its work in 5  of these states - Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.

The 90 selected districts were chosen because they had the following characteristics:

  • Poverty levels that are higher than the average for rural India (Planning Commission of India 2004-05)
  • A substantial proportion of the district's total population who belong to socially excluded groups (Census 2001)

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