Mahatma Gandhi says, ‘India lives in its villages.’ Though the urbanization of India is on fast-forward mode, according to the census 2011, 69% of Indian Population lives in the rural areas. In fact, the real development of the country would depend upon the rural development. Chetanalaya, true to its name, has not compromised its commitment to rural development in the eight districts of Haryana. In the budget year, 2011-12, Chetanalaya has undertaken number of interventions in promoting rural development and nation building. The interventions could be categorized into SHGs and Women Empowerment, Gram Sabha and Self-Governance, Skill Development Initiatives, Micro-Entrepreneurship Development Programme, Rural Health Development, Rural Youth Development

SHGs and Women Empowerment:

Self Help Groups are one of the means to women empowerment and Chetanalaya has more than 350 SHGs to its credit in the 8 districts of Haryana. Trainings on management and maintenance of SHGs, refresher trainings, training on credit-linkage and many more provided.

Grass-root Governance:

73rd Amendment Act of the Constitution brought a sea-change in the governing of the country in the form of Panchayat Raj Act, 1992 emphasizing village level self governance. Chetanalaya makes its best in the proper implementation of the Act. Particularly Chetanalaya motivates the rural men and women to actively participate in the Gram Sabha and ensure their rights. A good number of women in different panchayats participates in the open-Gram Sabha, raises issues concerning women and children and get the things done. The number of women participating in the Gram Sabha has increased considerably.

Skill Development Initiatives:

Besides cutting and tailoring, Skill Development Initiatives (SDI) on Candle Making for the rural mentally challenged persons with the support of NABARD at Bahu Akbarpur, Rohtak District is organized. Two SDIs on Beauty Culture for the rural women at villages Patwapur and Dattaur, Rohtak Districts with the support of NABARD is scheduled to enhance the mobility in the economic status.

Micro-Entrepreneurship Development Programme (MEDP):

In order to sustain the matured group (groups that have received two or more loans from the bank), MEDPs on Jute Bag Making is organized for the rural women at Meham and Sampla (Rohtak District) and Jhajjar (Jhajjar District) with the support of NABARD. More than 90 women and their families benefitted out of this training by mobilizing themselves into units.

Rural Health Development:

Health camps are organized regularly by Chetanalaya in the rural areas like Samargopalpur Khurd, Dattaur, Indra Colony (Rohtak District) and Chuchukkwas (Jhajjar District) and different villages of Nuh Block (Mewat District) and so on. More than 6000 villagers are benefitting of Chetanalaya’s Rural Health Mission every year.

Rural Youth Development:

Chetanalaya makes an effort to tap the resource from the rural youth. Personality development programmes, career guidance, formation of youth groups in different villages, are conducted. Chetanalaya envisages to form a youth group in every village that Chetanalaya works in.

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