Leveraging NREGA effectively for meeting drinking water needs of the poor and unreached in Rapar block of Kutch district (Phase II)

Project Summary

The families in Kutch district living below poverty line often lack safe, good quality drinking water. In Phase I of this project, Samerth provided drinking water facilities and reduced the salinity content of the lands of poor and marginalized communities. The project was cost effective, transparent, systematic and open to feedback and suggestions.

Phase II was planned to deepen these activities, so that the effectiveness of the water committees was increased in terms of parameters like water quality and water testing facilities. People should have access to water, but also to good quality water and water governance. The key objectives were to leverage water harvesting systems through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), regenerate traditional water management and conservation systems, enable water committees to fix non-democratic, non-consultative decision-making processes, and address the inequitable distribution of available water.


  1. Training and hand-holding the local team and the Gram Panchayats (GPs) to plan and develop a blueprint for the effective implementation of MGNREGA works.
  2. Work with the MGNREGA consortium to make the program effective.
  3. Develop the expertise of Samerth and the GPs at various levels.
  4. Constructing earthen check dams, dug wells, and natural wells.
  5. Mobile water testing facilities.
  6. Forming water committees.
  7. Working with other NGOs in the water sector to undertake policy-level interventions.
  8. Undertaking village sanitation.
  9. Developing a block hydro-geological plan.
  10. Conducting social audits
  11. Influencing block-level officials for effective MGNREGA implementation
*Grant amount & beneficiary figures are as per actuals for completed projects.