Trainee from the field

Prageesh E.P S4 MSW writing his personal experience of internship in Jehanabad, Bihar

Photographs: Vishnuraj S4 MSW

I did my internship in Jehanabad district at Bihar as a part of our block fieldwork. It was one of the best experiences for me, because Jehanabad is one of the IAP (Integrated Action Plan) districts in India and this has added to my experience as a budding social worker. So, it was an opportunity to know about the condition of IAP district and the reason behind Jehanabad being selected as an IAP district. My internship practice was directly controlled by District Collector Mr. Balamurugan D and guided by Mr. P K Anand(Prime Ministers Rural Development fellowship program officer, Jehanabad).The major objective of the internship program was to enhance “Mahadalit” & women participation298308_347753508662338_97950596_n in the scheme of MNREGA and to ensure that they get the maximum benefit out of it. This involved sensitizing all stakeholders towards “the demand driven legal entitlements” enshrined in the act. This was mainly done by working towards community ownership of the MGNREGS through strengthening of Self Help Groups / labour groups, anchoring grassroots level planning, implementation and monitoring and  hands-on & continuous capacity building trainings to all stakeholders involved in MGNREGS implementation.

Jehanabad district consists of 7 blocks such as Makhdampur, Hulasganj, Ghoshi, Kako, Modanganj, Jehanabad, Ratni Faridpur. Kako is one of the worse performing block in MNREGA implementation at Jehanabad district. So we selected Kako block and Dedh Saiya Panchayath for field work. We visited Mahadalit tolas in Dedh Saiya Panchayath. Firstly, we visited Thithaai Bigha tola, which is a manji tola. Manji group is one of the backward group in Mahadalit. There we found and realised many problems like poverty, open defecation, early marriage, poor housing condition women issues and etc. We focused in the implementation of MNREGA there and we could find lots of issues in the implementation of MNREGA. People had not been getting any employment opportunity since 2008 and we found only 14 job cards there. Thus we understood why kako block is performing worse in the implem481761_347755275328828_1789128086_nentation of MNREGA. So we made arrangements for providing job cards for those who need job card. In the limited time of  one month, we could visit only five tolas in Dedh Saiya Panchayath. But we could realise lots of issues happening in the implementation of MNREGA.

Activities done at Thithai Bigha Manji tolla

  • Prepared village profile for Thithaai Bigha.
  • Awareness creation about MNREGA scheme.
  • Collected details of job card holders and those who need job card.
  • Collected details of bank account holders and those who need bank account.
  • Took photograph of job card holders and applicants.
  • Visited nearest school, APHC and Anganwadi.
  • Group activity with children.
  • Found inadequate job card number

Activities done at Dakshini, Lodhipur, Sivraj Bigha, Narayanpur

  • Collected details of job card holders and those who need job card.
  • Collected details of bank account holders and those who need bank account.
  • Collected demand for job.
  • Affixed name and phone number of PRS and PO
  • Awareness creation about scheme.
  • Link between community and staffs.
  •  Make them aware that there are no intermediaries in the scheme.

Being a budding social worker, it was good experience in my life and  I clearly understood the importance of  MNREGA program in those areas.