Madhya Pradesh

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PACS worked in 17 districts in Madhya Pradesh with 16 Civil Society Organisation (CSO) partners and 18 network partners. PACS projects covered 90 blocks, 3727 villages and reached 1,830,951 people.

Map of PACS districts in Madhya Pradesh

Impact: overall

  • 2693 Community Based Organisations (CBOs) were formed or re-formed. 95% of the CBOs were led by people from socially excluded groups. Membership of these CBOs totalled 53,053 people, 98% of whom were from socially excluded groups. 
  • 2154 training and sensitisation events were conducted and, through these, 165,064 individuals (including CSO staff, service providers, CBO members and community members) were trained.
  • 221 of the 226 identified discrimination cases were addressed.
  • 145 Right to Information (RTI) applications were submitted and 120 RTI applications were responded to.
  • 513 advocacy meetings with government officials were held, along with another 259 advocacy meetings with other stakeholders.
  • 55 recommendations were made to remove barriers and constraints in service delivery.
  • 259 social audits and public hearings were organised involving 17,698 participants from 2111 villages.

Impact: by theme


  • 69,340 people were supported to apply for MGNREGA work under the PACS Kaam Mango Abhiyan (Work Demand Campaign) and 59,514 people received MGNREGA work.
  • The PACS inclusive Intensive Participatory Planning Exercise (IPPE) and Social Audit models were carried out in 340 Gram Panchayats across 14 districts. Thanks to improved inclusion of socially excluded groups, assets created under MGNREGA benefitted 911 Scheduled Caste households, 2162 Scheduled Tribe households, 132 people with disabilities, 36 Muslim households and 27 women-headed households.

Land and Forest Rights

  • 16,459 Individual Forest Rights (IFR) and 758 Community Forest Rights (CFR) were applied for under the Forest Rights Act (FRA). 3815 IFR claims and 238 CFR claims were approved. 
  • Also under the FRA, 2664 homestead land claims and 13,795 agricultural land claims were applied for. 158 of the homestead land claims and 3657 of the agricultural land claims were received.
  • Under State Revenue Land Rights legislation, 5683 homestead land rights and 6799 agricultural land rights were applied for and 3146 homestead land rights and 966 agricultural land rights were received.
  • The land claim and land demarcation process was stengthened under the FRA by introducing Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping. GPS mapping was carried out by 281 trained community members and Forest Rights Committee members in 11 districts covering 22 blocks

Health and Nutrition

  • 40,431 institutional deliveries were facilitated and 37,642 women were supported to receive full benefits under the JSY maternal health scheme
  • 21,401 children received the supplementary nutrition rations they are entitled to under the ICDS scheme and 548 Anganwadi centres were supported to improve their functioning and effectiveness under ICDS.
  • Village Health Plans were prepared in a pilot scheme with 70 village Gram Sabhas

Impact: photo gallery

Find more Madhya Pradesh case studies and resources on the PACS Learning Zone.

Lessons learnt

  • CSOs can lead the social inclusion agenda provided they are given appropriate tools and support. They can also play a catalytic role in improving the performance of social security schemes and ensuring their benefits reach socially excluded groups.
  • CBOs are effective instruments in leading social change at the community level. They provide platforms for socially excluded groups to voice their rights and entitlements.
  • Evidence-based advocacy/engagement makes service providers responsive and accountable.

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