Pragati Grameen Vikas Samiti (PGVS)
Districts:Araria, Banka, Bhojpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Jehanabad, Katihar, Nalanda
Theme :Non-discriminatory access to livelihood rights through revenue land.
Non-discriminatory access to the right to basic services through health.
The purpose of the Pragati Grameen Vikas Samiti project is to empower marginalised and excluded communities to raise issues of discrimination and land entitlement through action and advocacy.
The project will achieve this by ensuring effective implementation of various provisions under the Forest Rights Act.
The project will work in 483 villages of the Araria, Banka, Bhojpur, Gaya, Jahanabad, Nalanda, Darbhanga and Katihar districts of Bihar. The project is supported by PACS for four years of implementation.
Building community-based organisations (CBOs) in each village. Examples include Bhu Adihkar Samity for land rights, Ajivika Shuraksha Samity for livelihood security and Mahila Samity for women's rights.
Developing Ajivika Sahayta Kendra (ASK - Livelihood Assistance Centres) to enable CBOs to operate more effectively.
Organise public meetings at block and district level to submit memorandums, grievances and petitions.
Pragati Grameen Vikas Samiti (PGVS) works for the rights and empowerment of the Musahar community in the Patna district. The mission of PGVS is to work with the most marginalised and vulnerable sections of society to ensure their dignity, equality, rights and justice.
PGVS firmly believes in the empowerment of communities through organisation building around the principles of non-violent peoples' action, self-reliance and local governance.
The organisation concentrates on skill and knowledge enhancement as a means to build the capacity of excluded communities to first analyse and understand issues affecting their lives and then responsibly manage community-based development processes and programmes.
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