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  project name ~ Sangtin Community Mobilization/Income Generation

category ~ Livelihood Generation




  Project Name


Sangtin Community Mobilization/Income Generation






Livelihood Generation






Uttar Pradesh

  Budget Approved


Rs 0


  Year Approved







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  Chapter Coordinators


Vidya Venkataramanan


College Park





Day 1 of the Indefinite protest for NREGA unemployment wages. Widely successful protest was organized by Sangtin members in Jan 2009





Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (SKMS) is a peoples movement based in Sitapur dt., Uttar Pradesh.It emerged from Sangtin, a group set up by rural women to enable them to be bigger stakeholders in the processes of development at all levels. In its 2008-09 budget, Sangtin seeks funding for capacity building and ongoing mobilization in its villages; operational expenses; publication costs for its newsletter; startup costs for livelihood initiatives and exposure trips.





- By representing the rural poor and the issues that affect them, SKMS has built its strength to over 3000 members in more than 80 villages in just 3 years. Through SKMS poor women and men, predominantly Dalit, have come together to campaign for access to irrigation waters, employment under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), minimum wages and a fair and lawful implementation of the development policies made by the state. - SKMS campaigned for the revival of a 17 km canal that had been dry for more than 10 years. Village meetings, eventually led by villagers themselves, helped develop understanding and solidarity. Thus mobilized, SKMS put pressure on the Irrigation Department to ensure repair and cleanup of the canal. It took 2 years for water to reach the tail end of the canal and SKMS kept up a sustained campaign throughout. - The people of Sangtin secured unemployment wages for members through a prolonged campaign. This resulted in payment of Rs 15 Lakhs in wages to workers and the district administration becoming accountable to the people.





SKMS is committed to enhancing the ability of the least powerful individuals and groups to challenge and change – in their favor – existing power relationships that place them in subordinate economic, social and political positions. SKMS believes that those who have been pushed to the society’s margins are not actually ‘marginal’ people living outside mainstream society; they are, in fact, the core of society. Rather than thinking of marginalized communities as people who need to be connected with the mainstream, SKMS wants to work towards getting rid of the structures that create the margins in the first place.



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