Naya Sawera Vikas Kendra
Naya Sawera Vikas Kendra (NSVK) is a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) that focuses on the rights of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities. In their work with PACS, NSVK are working in 516 villages in the Bokaro, Chatra, Giridih, Gumla and Palamu districts of Jharkhand to mobilise and empower excluded and marginalised communities to access their employment and forest land rights through effective advocacy.
NSVK and PACS
NSVK’s project with PACS involves:
- Forming Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to monitor land entitlements, livelihood security and women's participation at the village level, specifically relating to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and the Forest Rights Act (FRA).
- Supporting leaders from excluded communities to be included in block and district-level committees.
- Helping CBOs to advocate for the inclusion of community representatives, especially women, in FRA and MGNREGA committees at different levels.
Impact so far…
NSVK’s project with PACS started in September 2011. So far the following results have been achieved:
- 128 issue-based CBOs called Gram Ekai (Village Units) have been formed. 43 of these (34%) are led by people from socially excluded groups.
- The Gram Ekai have helped to prepare 257 village development plans to benefit their communities.
- 2520 households have been supported to apply for MGNREGA job cards. 1491 of these households (59%) are from socially excluded groups
- 1659 households have demanded and been given work under MGNREGA. 1342 of these (81%) are from socially excluded groups.
- 611 Community Forest Rights titles have been applied for under the FRA, of which 51 (8%) have so far been approved.
- 217 Individual Forest Rights titles have also been applied for under the FRA, but so far none of these have been approved.
NB – these are figures from December 2014.
Naya Sawera Vikas Kendra (NSVK) was founded in 1999. The organisation works on people's rights, justice and livelihood issues with SC and ST communities.
Since its inception, NSVK has been operating in more than 150 villages in the districts of Giridhi, Koderma and Hazaribagh in Jharkhand. In early 2000 the organisation widened its network to work with people's movements in Bihar and in 2003 NVSK increased its coverage to nine more districts in Jharkhand.
Find out more about NSVK’s work on their website (www.nsvk.in), which was built as part of the CSO website project (funded by PACS).