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  project name ~ Protection of natural resources

category ~ Community Empowerment




  Project Name


Protection of natural resources



SPS (Samaj Parivartana Samudaya)



Community Empowerment



Bellary, Chitradurga, Tumkur




  Budget Approved


Rs 400000


  Year Approved







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  Chapter Coordinators


Parvathy Prem
Nishikant Deshmukh


Johns Hopkins





A Self-Help Group (SHG) meeting in Siddapura, Bellary.





Samaj Parivartana Samudaya (SPS) is a voluntary organization that has been working in rural and tribal areas of India for over 25 years, focusing on empowerment of the rural poor.

This project aims tackle the problems associated with illegal mining in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur (Karnataka) and Anantapur (AP) by strengthening local self-rule and community control over natural resources (water, forest, land, minerals and seed) for the protection, development and judicious utilization of these natural resources with a focus on meeting the livelihood needs of the marginalized.





After two years of working with the people in Bellary and Anantapur, SPS filed a Public Interest Litigation before the Supreme Court of India on the problem of illegal mining in these districts. As a result of the PIL and subsequent Supreme Court orders, illegal mining in Bellary has come to a grinding halt and extensive investigations into irregularities and illegalities surrounding mining operations are in progress.





The ultimate aim is to develop people''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s capacity to own and manage common property resources. Specific goals include: i) Empowering grassroots organizations, village-level and state-level federations. ii) Building the capacity and confidence of people through providing Non Violent Direct Action training, media campaigning and organizing jathas and workshops. iii) Providing income generating activities to local people''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s organizations and youths and encouraging them to take up NREGA alternatives to illegal mining.



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