BBAVM is working actively with the tribals in Abu Road Block of Sirohi
Dist. During this period main focus was given to systematize the structure
of the forum. It helped in proper handling of the issue from micro level
to macro level. A core committee of BBAVM was formed at the block level,
which guides the different issue based committees. The whole area is geographically
divided in 7 clusters, which comprises 8-10 villages each. Village wise
representatives come in these cluster meetings. Cluster level representatives
bring all village level issues (with cluster meetings minutes) in block
level meetings. The block level core committee decides the strategy and
give responsibility to respective issue based committee.
BBAVM raised various issues like demand of drought relief work, empowering
Gram Sabha, empowerment of women through SHGs & Dekhbhal Samiti (monitoring
committee), assuring health and education facilities at village level etc.
There are 2200 members of Bhakhar Bhitrot Adivasi Vikas Manch.
Jan Chetna Sansthan is also working towards promoting Elected Women PRI
Forum in Abu Road. Every woman who has been elected under Panchayati Raj
Institution has been contacted and they are told about their roles and
responsibilities as people's representative. A forum is in the making so
that they can put forth their demands and address a vital issue on a bigger
and higher platform, which is in the interest of tribals/villagers in general.
Jan Chetna Sansthan has also promoted Adivasi Tendupatta Sangrahan Sahkari
Samiti, which is run and governed by the tribals and it works on the collection
of tendupatta and bargain for a higher price with the contractors of this
minor forest produce. Thus it helps in protection of exploitation of tribals
in the hands of rich contractors and businessmen. In the same lines, it
has facilitated the formation of Adivasi Bachat Evam Saakh Sahkari Samiti
Ltd, again a cooperative of the tribals, by the tribals and for the tribals.
Its main objective is to encourage saving and thrift among the tribals
and in the long run it will venture into providing alternative livelihood
options to the tribals.