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SUCHETANA is grass root level women organization, working with the blessings of almighty since over two decades for the upliftment of rural untouchable women and hapless children to aware them for snatching the basic rights human identity which they deprived since our independence. Suchetana was formed with the groups of women those are themselves harassed and exploited since long time by the community or family. Social activist of SUCHETANA are not forgetting the numbers of rural women those are their colleagues are languishing under the yoke of slavery, prostitution and hazardous work? Due to ignorance, poverty, illiteracy, our deserted women are continuing dwell in condition that are signs no better than the medieval age, why this disparity? To remove this predominant structure of our rural community where a process of victimization exists largely to affect the women and children who are the base of our country. With this realization SUCHETANA has involved with the aspiration of rural women those are harassed, exploited, tortured, in many ways in difference forms in their life situation and it’s journey started with a new initiatives towards the development of oppressed and sufferings women’s. SUCHETANA believes the emancipation of the women is needed very much not only for the development of the women but for the development as a hole. The path chosen by Suchetana’s family cannot be a smooth one and we know that we have to be with this struggle of women, hope to face the vested interest groups causing exploitation and all sorts of shackles of bangles. SUCHETANA has tried to mobilize the backward communities of rural women; those are represent the symbol of bearing the burden of the society but are subjugated in every way. During the considerable period of time and to say over two decades, SUCHETANA has become the symbol and sign to fight for injustices and atrocities, and violence against women and to established their basic human rights and dignity of the community through vocational training & up gradation of traditional skill, awareness campaign and other activities related establishing their identity for their self reliant of the oppressed women and children.

To organize the rural women as a group those are comes from economically weaker sections of the community mainly indigenous women, to aware them about their roles and responsibility of village development programme which they can easily involve themselves to develop their own society, Which from they develop and uplift their are own status through improving their level of income, up gradation of skill, condition of health status, and leadership development aiming at a healthy holistic development.

In the past, they are not aware about their traditional skill, which was a suppressed feeling among them, so they deprived from increasing their knowledge from local level. To this idea SUCHETANA bring absolute transparency to the aspiring people mainly deserted women of our rural community about under lying and true purpose for involve themselves through different training to boost up their self reliant, and also sensitized them about the concept of micro enterprise / micro credit through intensive training like Batik print which we successfully implemented in the previous year under NABARD and usable article from Babui grass under FVTRS through CARITAS INDIA and linkage with the bankers and marketing linkage.

To up gradation of skill development training of SHG members, and encourage them to initiation for starting the way for their self-reliant. To avail the local resource mainly based in forest and agriculture.

Providing the aspiring women with much needed financial and logistic assistance on easier and affordable of habitation. Assisting the women SHG members and SHG under SHPI of NABARD to start and improve their own commercial venture successfully and sustainable, may be with the help of other male members of the families, SUCHETANA is planning to initiate the training programme for up gradation of skill of the tribal women SHG members.

It is the common experience of grass roots level organizations like, ”Suchetana” that in rural hospitals and primary health centers a large number of women and children come every day for treatment when, the ailments take very complicated and critical saves. Sharing with a number of such patience, mainly coming from the economically poorer communities, it reveals that the villagers, by and large, hesitate to go to the primary health centers because, they are afraid of authentic suggestions past by the Govt. Doctors. Instead, the prefer to seek advice from private quacks, which sealdon, leads to radical cure of the patients. Every knowledgeable citizen will agree that normally, suggestions passed by the Govt. Doctors PHCs of or Govt. Hospitals are mostly focused to cure the patients as far as possible radically and in the interests of the patients. In most of the cases the Govt. Healthcare systems do not encourage any underlying personal / monetary interests. Another important aspect to consider is in many cases, the poor patients do not approach the Govt. Healthcare system in primary stages. In the cases when the quack treatment become futile and the condition of the patients are more complicated, they are forced to visit Govt. Healthcare system. Although it is unfortunate, but true that the doctors feel frustrated to make the patients understand that it was easier to manage the ailments by the doctors, had the patients taken to the advice of the doctors in its early stage. This is very true that doctors are indeed, competent to treat their patients with professional skills and knowledge, but may not be that effective to communicate the preventive aspects or other related things to their patients.

Problems of Area
With the ultimate goal for the emergence of the sustainable village development through different activities with gender equality. Suchetana has initiated a programme which primary focus mainly for the poor untouchable rural women and hapless children those are victimized for the community defrauded to obtained their rights and dignity. Suchetana realized the problems in different factors like important of agricultural improvement for their livelihood, but action is in their respect of limited capacity due to non-availability sufficient nutritional foodstuff and lack of purchasing capacity. Unlike else where the land available for cultivation in the target area is mainly dependent on the monsoon and climate condition. Stability of food for the rural populace during the lean period becomes very insignificant and obscured even under normal climate condition due to improper and unregulated public distribution system. While, Suchetana direct intervention of the vast proportion of its mobilized resource and energy of socio economic development, environment and empowerment of village community specially women folk in particular are the most important components of its mission. The poor live in the village under the most arduous circumstances. They have limited access to clean water healthcare services and often deprived or even a square meal a day. Majority of them are landless agricultural labourers attempting to eke-out a living by cultivating small share land and often agriculturally marginal farms “ marginal not merely due to small size” of the holding but due to the absence of inadequate supplementary resource holding, poor families are forced to migrate seasonally in search of employment due to urged by the sting of hunger. This migration disrupt family life and deny children the might of their childhood and education migrants are often compelled to live a squalid circumstances with only minimum of shelter and facilities. Our project area under Jhargram Sub Division is situated under small hilly area and surrounded by the dense of forest. There is no communication to reach the villages. As because there is no pucca road, villagers depends only forest narrow place. There is no health facilities at all, there is no medics or quack doctors in the villages, there is no primary sub centre. Distance from the sub centre to villages 8 to 10 k.m., there is no pure drinking water, villagers used only water falls which comes form hilly and ponds. The main constrains is the problem is Ambulance service for emergency cases specially institutional delivery. It is not possible to arrange for private car of the poor tribal people. There is no communication or kancha roads in the Jungle area of the villages due to distance, the communication gap and other health facilities the poor people are suffer since long time. And pregnant mother suffer for institutional delivery. There is no emergency medicine which distribute in due time due to lack of medicine specially hepatitis -B although we are campaigning for prevention of diseases. Major problem is illiteracy, ignorance due to poverty. Most of them addicted to alcoholism, victims of injustices, and many women are exploited from money lenders, Community leaders. Many women collected firewood’s and sal leaf from forest for their daily living. Through the years of experience SUCHETANA has realized underline causes for not being for ensure quality input to the required extent.

The present knowledge level of the poor rural women about healthcare, nutrition and hygiene is very poor. As for an example, they almost do not know how to derive the nutritional advantages, obtainable from common foodstuff to prevent anemic conditions and other associated problems linked to anemia. The children do not know that, practicing certain simple hygiene in day to day life can prevent many ailments and some of these ailments as deadly. The Project emphasizes an augmentation of the knowledge levels of the women and children in respect to healthcare hygiene and nutrition so that, the spurt of the common diseases are arrested and there is a remarkable improvement in the health status of the women and children living in Jhargram & Jamboni blocks. The project focuses on the development of the knowledge which, in turn will help them to keep themselves more fit and free from ailments.

Socio-economic analysis of the area and the target group
Our area covering the adjacent villages in Jhargram Block under Jhargram sub-division mainly based so called Jungle Mahal in the District of Mughal India in ancient times. Total population of the Sub Division approx - 10,07,930 main sources of income of the people of this area is agriculture and forestry. As Jhargram is an arid area and the forest disappearing rapidly of several development program of West Bengal, the area failed to achieve any remarkable position. The rate of literacy 40% among the tribal and backward women literacy is very low. The health condition of this area is very poor, due to mal nutrition which widely prevalent among the backward people and they are most worst victim.

The target people of our project area comes from tribal and other backward communities. The non-tribal are also very poor and average income is much below. Their work not available when harvesting is over, the people of our project area is composed in different ethnic groups like Santals, Lodha, Sabar, Bhumij and Kurmi. Here people live in mud housed and thatched roof, huts are irregularly built. Our target groups mainly those are helpless needy, and victimize and are exploited by moneylenders. Few of them are collecting firewood from forest, and some of them collect Sal leaf from forest and sell it market for their daily leaving.

Vision of the SUCHETANA
Vision of Suchetana is to raising awareness among the victimized women and children comes from SC/ST and other backward communities for established equal rights through different developmental activities.

Mission of the SUCHETANA
To establish the basic human rights of the untouchable rural women & children, which they deprived since our Independence.


The object of SUCHETANA is to build up better atmosphere for indigenous women who live under awful circumstances.

SUCHETANA advocates the rights of women those are socially victimize by the community.

To organize the women for formation of SHG those are in distress, to aware them of opportunity for their self-reliant.

Viewing education as means of socio economic advancement, Suchetana designed to spread of literacy among the rural illiterate women.

SUCHETANA is wiling to create a women forum as social force with the rural women groups for sharing ideas an experience between the advance and disadvance women in our society.

SUCHETANA is committed to aware the rural women the importance of reproductive child health, health education and needs of health care services to the communities.

SUCHETANA willing to initiative among the rural women for providing information communication technologies to enhance the information flows for women empowerment.

SUCHETANA wiling to enhance the socio economic status of indigenous women for providing different income generating programmes through training for up gradation of skills for their self-dependent.

Swot Analysis of SUCHETANA


Strong women groups for handle the project efficiently.

Strong SHG consisting number is 248 out of them 100 SHG under NABARD, SHPI.

Suchetana has become a platform or an assembly of the oppressed and deserted groups of women in the rural scenario.

It’s commitment towards the establishment of social values and favour of victimized women.

Number of trained women activist.

Number of trained women artisan as master trainer.

Feelings of corporate sharing to understand each other with sisterhood an inter personal relationship based on mutual trust and confidence.

Support service team with professionally qualified and expert personal research scholar, Technologist and such other distinguished personalities from different works of life with varied experience.

Suchetana’s deep-rooted intervention among the women folk has shaped a strong women co-operative (duly registered by the Govt. of West Bengal and recognized by the Govt. of India as center of exchange an exposure) having its network among the women artisan groups developed by it.

Recognized by the Govt. of West Bengal to extend it’s expertise for different groups for their capacitation as also catering services on micro credit an SHG.


Paucity of regular flow of funds.

Lack of linkage with funding agencies.

Lack of Own vehicle for systematic communication to reach the target groups and the beneficiaries as well as resource Institution and the Govt. Institution within stipulated frame of time.


A good rapport with the Central & State Govt. and local Administration.

Registered women handi craft co-operative.

Facilities are available to attend the State and Central Govt. handicraft Exhibition, Fair & Expo, seminar & workshop.

Mutual trust of the target groups and the beneficiaries for promotion of community initiatives to address the women issues.

A member of Child Welfare Committee in the District of Paschim Medinipur nominated by Govt. of West Bengal.

Member of the District Advisory Committee for Prevention of Crime against women.

Threat: Political Intervention

Areas where SUCHETANA Stands

Demographic Data

Total Population

: 1007930 (vide the current census)

Density of Population

: 339 / Sq. km.

Male - Female Ratio

: 47.63 % Women for 52.37 %

Distribution of Rural & Urban Population by Sex

: Rural
  Male: 468538 
  Female: 486234 
Male: 27149
Female: 26009

Literacy Rate (Comprehensive, Separate data for SC / ST not available in census report 2001)

: Rural 
  Male: 76.51% 
  Female: 48.67% 
Male: 91.60%
Female: 79.18%

The Literacy Data often being challenged, alleging the census data very much inflated; by different quarters. All the tribes have their own separate language and cultural practices but Bengali is spoken to communicate with other communities.

Tribal (Called Scheduled Tribes or ST by the Administration while the semi tribal adopted in the Hindu Caste hierarchy at the lower rung called Scheduled Caste or SC by the Administration) consists of 48% of the total population in the pre-independence era ST and SC populace pre-dominated the region. In the Pre-British Colonial age, under the Mughal Emperors, the area was called the Jangal Mahal i.e. the forested area where the various tribal chiefs had their sway while the Central Authorities based in Delhi had a nominal control. 

After the rise of British colonial power, the systematic control by the former, of the region started which the tribes tried to resist through out the 19th Century by staging periodic uprisings (e.g. Santal and Munda rebellions). Even henceafter the area was mainly inhabited by the tribals.

Only after the partition of India leading to the end of the British Regime, the influx of Hindu High or general caste (Non ST and SC) people migrated to the area and gradually they out numbered the indigenous people. 
Because of the lack of education and technical skill, SC / ST people could not occupy the white-collar posts and the lack of opportunity and access to education hindered their progress. 

The mostly the ST people can be classified into two linguistic groups: The Austric Language speaking group - The Santal and others while the post – Dravidian language speaking group, - the Lodha, Sabar, Paharia, etc. The Santals are comparatively developed in education among to the privileges extended to the St’s while the Lodha and Bhumij are still in very under – developed state. There are some special privileges for them but seldom they are realized. 

Economy & Habitat
Although in the post-independent era road and railway facilities have been increased, but not much impact has been observed on the placid economy of the rural region. From time to time light industries like paper mills, oil mills etc. had been incepted, under the private capital but all these industries within several years are becoming the so-called sick industries, retrenching the people who had been employed. In reality the so-called entrepreneurs start their factories in these tribal area because there are a lot of privileges-the Government offers for the initial period. But after the expiry of such period the owners take away their capital to other areas as the privileges are no longer in the vogue. Traditionally it is a one-crope agricultural area because such endeavor depends solely on the monsoon rainfall. Irrigation facilities are minimal while the old bundhs (dams) are rapidly receding owing to the lack re-excavation. Environment-hostile enterprises like the stone-crushing factories are booming in large, as cheaps are required for the building and road making enterprises. Such enterprises not only destroying the natural ecology but also causing deadly diseases like silicosis. More over, in the urban area shops are also spreading like mushrooms as the booming urban middle class (professional people mainly coming from out side) and the contractors, - the ‘novo rich’ are the consumers of modern communities starting from the electronics to the Junk of food packets. 

All these are not improving the common peoples economic progress. The cleavage between the haves and have-nots is increasing and the under development in education, health and road communication, particularly in the tribal areas are in such a down-ward condition and because of the present Maoist violence’s, the media’s headlines are often hit now-a-days, highlighting these features.

The one-crope system of cultivation can not led the people of lower rung to any sustainable livelihood and all these show the stark poverty of the rural people in all its luridness. Of course, the rich farmers using the devices for tapping under ground water and chemical fertilizer are raising three crops in a year, disturbing the ecological balances to a grade extent and benefit goes much to a small social segment. 

There are five main rivers e.g. Kangsabati, Subarnarekha, Dulung, Tarafeni, and Keleghai cannot be harnessed for agricultural purpose to a large extent because apart from the Kangsabati, other rivers are very lean in their volume and only during the monsoon they have some water-flow. Irrigation canals, so far built, are not proved effective for the change of present agricultural condition. 

Health and Education
Both Primary Health Centre (PHC) and primary schools are in a very bad safe through out the Sub Division. PHC’s are seldom run with qualified doctors. Mostly they are controlled by “Compounder” or Health Assistants, as the medical collage qualified M.B.B.S. degree holding doctors do not prefer the remote rural health centers. Infrastructural facilities are very inadequate while the medicines-stock often runs short. The same tale can be told about the primary school. The primary teachers seldom take classes as their busy in other pre occupations but no voice can be raised as their shielded by the political parties. More over the SC/ST peoples suffer from lack of communication with their teachers owing to the language difficulties. In recent study by the renowned economist, professor Amartya Sen has shown how much discriminatory are the teachers to the SC/ST peoples because of their caste bias. Both education and health facilities are very limited, as the transport for the patients is almost un available in the remote villages. When the hospitals are considerably far away from the habitated villages, -many snake - bite cases are the victims of such disadvantages TB, Malaria, Enteric Diseases and mal nutrition are taking the heavy tolls in rural life. In the last year some starvation deaths took place in the rural areas like Amlasole and after much dilly-dallying the Government Authorities had to admit such starvation death. Poverty and inconvenience effect the people’s school attendance- leading finally to their dropping out. Such a lurid scenario shows the real picture of the area where our intervention we want to make.


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