Working With Government

Pragati Abhiyan has been a member in following Government Committees at the State and National levels

  • Member of Technical Committee advisor to Government of Maharashtra EGS Department since January 2013.
  • Member of Committee “Revision of Operational Guidelines of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act” of Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. (2011-2013)
  • Member of Team working on improving implementation mechanisms of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act – Maharashtra constituted by Government of Maharashtra. (2011-2014)
  • Member of Working Group on Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act constituted by the then Planning Commission for preparation of 12th Five Year plan perspective.   (2011)
  • Member of Social Audit Panel of Government of Maharashtra. (2011-2015)

CFT Project

Pragati Abhiyan is working as Cluster Facilitation Team in Traimbakeshwar block of Nashik district.
Cluster Facilitation Teams

One of the impediments in implementation of MGNREGA has been lack of availability of staff at GP level with expertise in soil and moisture conservation measures, decentralized planning, community mobilization etc. While it may some take time to build a cadre of such professionals for all GPs, it is proposed to start building capacities in required areas of expertise following a cluster approach. States should establish Cluster Facilitation Teams (CFTs) for a cluster of GPs. To begin with, these teams could be established in those blocks that require a more intensive approach to be adopted for successfully meeting the objectives of MGNREGA. These areas would typically be pockets where the population of landless agriculture labourers, SCs, STs and other vulnerable groups is very high. Based on an objective criterion that the Ministry will decide, States will identify blocks for intensive interventions.

Each such identified block will mandatorily have at least three Cluster Facilitation Teams (CFT), each of which will serve a cluster of Gram Panchayats , being accountable to each GP within their own cluster. A cluster will cover around 15,000 JC or an area of about 15,000 ha., broadly corresponding to the boundaries of a milli-watershed and local aquifer. The CFT will comprise a fully dedicated, three-member professional support team for MGNREGA.