Village groups are formed in 55 villages, which take collective decisions on village matters.
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 55 tribal villages.
Saving & Credit Groups
At present, there are 250 saving and credit groups of men and women. Efforts are being made to strengthen their activities with NABARD schemes.
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 Organisation helped the people retrieve ornaments worth Rs. 16,50,000.
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.
Tendu Leaf Collectors Struggle for Wages
In 1992, JCS started working on the issue of procuring better remuneration for the tendu leaf collectors by organising the workers to stop the collection pending better remuneration. The collective force has succeeded in getting a better price every year.
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.
At present we are involved to provide safe drinking water in the areas where there is no water resources with the help of CAPART.
Sampradayik sadbhavana Abhiyan (communal harmony issue)
Last year we have started working on this issue. Presently there are 30 Aman kendra in the area and leaders of these Aman Kendras are Aman Pathiks.
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.
Non Formal Primary Education
The initiative of NFPE Centers was started in 1997 in the villages with no educational facilities around the radius of more than a radius of 4-5 kilometers. Some of these NFPE were being operated in remotely located locations and where education was almost a dream for the children. This NFPE project supported by CRY made their dream come true. Around 20 educational centers were established in various villages having no educational facilities. These centers were established with broader objectives of providing education and facilitating mobilisation of the communities to demand for establishing government schools through Gram Sabha’s.
Out of these 20 NFPE centers, 18 educational centers were directly converted to Government Schools (Rajiv Gandhi Pathshala). These schools are being monitored by communities till date.
District Primary Education Program (DPEP)
This intervention included a residential bridge course supported by D.P.E.P. run by Jan Chetna Sansthan for six months for tribal children. Two units of twenty children of 8-14 age groups were started in June 2003 for children who never attended primary schools. It was another success story at Jan Chetna Sansthan as all the children of these units were then directly admitted to class 5th in government schools.