IMPLEMENTING ORGANIZATION: People’s Rural Education Movement (PREM)
GRANT AMOUNT: $35,000
THEME: Public Works Programs
The state of Odisha, with a high tribal and dalit population, represents extreme backwardness in terms of human development indicators. In general, government institutions, designed for service delivery to the poorest of the poor, hardly function efficiently in a corruption-free manner thereby doubly affecting the marginalized sections residing in the state. In addition to that, the project location i.e. the Nuagada and Gumma blocks are situated in the Gajapati district of Odisha characterised by inaccessible, hill and hillocks where majority of the population belong to schedule tribe (Soura) and schedule caste. Extreme poverty, illiteracy and lack of awareness and information lead to high levels of corruption and low usage of public services by the citizens. During Phase 1 of the initiative, it was seen that corruption, in general and especially in MGNREGS was a gigantic issue and needed detailed intervention to bring about accountability and transparency in the whole system. While working in Phase 1 it was also realized that PDS is also affected by the clutches of deep-rooted corruption in the block. As a result, Phase 2 of the CAC project has been designed to address both MGNREGS as well as PDS in Nuagada and Gumma blockswith the aim to bring out accountability and transparency in service delivery related to such schemes.