Mandla District

  • "If you are to suffer, you should suffer in the interest of the country.” - Jawaharlal Nehru, speaking to villagers who were to be displaced by the Hirakud Dam in 1948.  A resident of Balbaspur in the Sambalpur district in Odisha, 40-year-old Dina Krishna Das puts the onus of his miserable ...
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  • Sukal Singh is 50 years old and is the only earning person of his five-member family. Suresh Barman works as a labourer supporting a 13-member family. Bhagirat and Gorelal Bhavedi are rickshaw-pullers supporting a 7-member family each. What each of these people has in common is that they a...
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  •  Wells are dry, rains are fickle and erratic. Trees have been chopped, forests decimated, and women spend their lives, toiling up and down the slopes, fetching water. The clamour for water continues!
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  • The PAHELI report (Peoples' Audit of Health Education and Livelihoods) is a rapid assessment of the prevailing status of human development in a district and covers four major sectors: life and livelihoods, water and sanitation, mother and child health, and education and literacy. The design and exec...
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Many people have been displaced by major dam projects in the country. A bigger threat, however, lies in the ageing dams waiting to collapse.

"If you are to suffer, you should suffer in the interest of the country.”

- Jawaharlal Nehru, speaking to villagers who were to be displaced by the Hirakud Dam in 1948.

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The MP government is proposing a nuclear project in Mandala district. Villagers are wary about promises to rehabilitate since similar promises are yet unfulfilled to the Bargi dam oustees since 1990.

Sukal Singh is 50 years old and is the only earning person of his five-member family. Suresh Barman works as a labourer supporting a 13-member family. Bhagirat and Gorelal Bhavedi are rickshaw-pullers supporting a 7-member family each. What each of these people has in common is that they are all residents of Patha village in Mandala district, Madhya Pradesh, which is one of the 162 villages affected by the Bargi Dam.

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A film documenting the daily trials and struggles of villagers across the country for water.

 

Wells are dry, rains are fickle and erratic. Trees have been chopped, forests decimated, and women spend their lives, toiling up and down the slopes, fetching water. The clamour for water continues!

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The human development report card is for the assessment of current status of life and livelihoods, water and sanitation, mother and child health, and education and literacy in a district

The PAHELI report (Peoples' Audit of Health Education and Livelihoods) is a rapid assessment of the prevailing status of human development in a district and covers four major sectors: life and livelihoods, water and sanitation, mother and child health, and education and literacy. The design and execution of PAHELI was done by Pratham and PAHELI district partners. It was supported by UNDP with participation from UNICEF.

The 10 districts surveyed are:

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