Jan Chetna Sansthan, Abu Road, Sirohi, Rajasthan


1. Village Groups: Village groups are formed in 60 villages, which take collective decisions on village matters.
2. Block Level Forum: A forum is already formed at the Block level for taking up village developmental activities, but attempts are made to extend it with appropriate representations from 60 tribal villages.
3. Saving & Credit Groups: At present, there are 425 saving and credit groups of men and women. Efforts are being made to strengthen their activities with NABARD schemes.
4. Release of Mortgaged Ornaments: The tribal people used to pawn their gold and silver jewelry for small loans from the money-lenders at a very high rate of interest ranging from 60 to 120 % rate. From 1990 to 1993, the organization helped the people retrieve ornaments worth Rs. 6,50,000.
5. Release of Bonded Laborers: The system of getting the tribal bonded, as laborer in return of small loans was very common here. Through sustained efforts and moral support, JCS succeeded in getting 42 families released from the bondage.
6. Tendu Leaf Collectors Struggle for Wages: In 1992, JCS started working on the issue of procuring better remuneration for the tendu leaf collectors by organizing the workers to stop the collection pending better remuneration. The collective force has succeeded in getting a better price every year.
7. Promotion of Tribal Tendu Leaf Collectors Cooperative Society: Tendu leaf collectors' Cooperative Society was formed and registered in 1993 which has been bidding and procuring contracts for the sale of the tendu leaves which has proved to be beneficial to the tribal people.
8. Right over the Forest Land: The struggle is going on for obtaining the right of occupancy for 1600 families in Abu Road who are in danger of getting evicted from the forest land on which they have been residing for many generations. The Tribal Commissioner has given order not to disturb the tribal until proofs are obtained that the families have indeed been staying there prior to 1981.
9. Non Formal Primary Education: NFPE Centers were started in 1997 in the villages with no educational facilities within a radius of 4-5 kms. There was a very good response with 210 children benefiting from the 07 centers.
10. District Primary Education Program (DPEP): Two units of twenty children (8-14 age group) each started in June 2003. It is a residential bridge course for six month.
11. Drought proofing:
To provide safe drinking water in the areas we have deepened 20 wells with the help of CAPART where there are no water resources.
12.Since Jan Chetna Sansthan has a right-based approach in its work, so it ensures that all the SHG members take active part in dharnas and rallies to strongly advocate their rights on a higher platform.
13. The organization also worked on Sector Investment Programme in Abu Road block. The main objective under this programme was to monitor whether the nutritional requirement of infants, children below six years is met or not.

Health Interventions in Abu Road

S. No




Number of village



Number of Anganwadi



Nutrition and Health Days



Adolescent Girls' Group



Women Groups



Social Mapping

30 villages


RCH Awareness programmes

30 villages

Drought proofing

Drought proofing

Past Intervention


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