EMPOWERING RURAL INDIA .

RURAL INDIA .

• According to the Planning Commission. • The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) defines ‘rural’ as follows: >An area with a population density of up to 400 per square kilometre. (1. > Villages with clear surveyed boundaries but no municipal board. corporation. Urban India is defined as: > All statutory places with municipality. mile) *At least 75% of male working population engaged in non-agricultural activities .000 *Density of population of at least 400 per sq. a town with a maximum population of 15. The Census of India 2001 defines urban India but rural India is left for guesswork. >A minimum of 75% of male working population involved in agriculture and allied activities.000 is considered rural in nature. km.000 per sq. cantonment board or notified town area committee > A place which satisfies the three criteria * Minimum population of 5.

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. or the level of contact with local officials concerning issues that are of concern/interest to the local community. Communication & Co-operation: attendance at meetings.g. preparation of group strategies and action plans. meeting with officials and talks to local schools.Indicators of Empowerment • • Confidence & Understanding: examples of people taking on new responsibilities e. or keeping clear records and good accounts. organising regular breast cancer screening or visits by specialists in healthcare. letter writing. running small businesses. organising events and initiating new activities. and contributions to local group newsletters. youth work. and use made of the Internet. perhaps held in the local library or resource centre. Caring & Tolerance: evidence of the delegation of responsibility within the group. • • • . initiatives that encourage open debate and represent minority interests. new joint ventures. law or community development. local group newsletters. Skills in Analysis & Communication: development and refinement of group aims and objectives. evidence of links developing between villages/communities. chairing meetings. Trust. development of a database of contacts.g. planning. providing additional facilities for members of the community e. legislation etc. initiatives by groups to involve/contact disadvantaged or vulnerable people in the community. telephone trees established for alerting members to important events/developments. and Access to Information: acquisition of material on group development.

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EDUCATIONAL EMPOWERMENT .

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT .

SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT .

TECHNOLOGICAL EMPOWERMENT .

FINANCIAL INCLUSION .

USAGE OF NON-CULTIVABLE LAND .

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