One important dimension of poverty in tribal Chhattisgarh was found to be the situation of chronic hunger and food insecurity. The major brunt of these problems is borne by women and children.
With a view to help communities get information about 15 different government welfare and development schemes at their doorstep. Samerth through its trained Jaldoots has set up 14 Information Resource centers in Gagodar, Kanmer, Dhabda, Desalpur, Balasar, Sanva, Sai, Padampar, Khodiyar Vandh ( Bela GP), Shanpar, Lakhagadh, Badalpar- Pichana, Mangadh and Govindpar villages.
Printed forms of 21 different schemes required to be submitted to government to avail the benefits under the schemes so that people do not have to wait for Gram Sevak or Talathi or go to the government offices to collect forms are kept in the centres.
From the 14 operational ICs, 327 individuals have received job cards, 153 have received election cards; 623 people made the Adhar cards; 525 smart cards were prepared for accessing MGNREGS; 145 BPL and 156 APL cards applicaitons were put forward, and 19 Identity cards for handicap were prepared. Due to this intervention 39 persons have received electricity connection at home. These are important documents for proof for availing government entitlements. Most people cannot access government entitlements as they do not have a base documents for availing it.
Due to the information Centres being accessible to the poor and farflung hamlets of arid district of Rapar block 36 widows and 64 elderly people are now getting their pensions regularly.
Apart from the basic entitlements - the Jaldoots are also providing technical inputs in villages on water structures, discussing minimum 'water protocols' to be maintained to keep the village water secured collectively.