SSPA is currently in its fourth stage of project implementation.
Considerable rehabilitation has already taken place in a
successful manner for communities from MP,
Gujarat. Communities from each of the three states have, by and
large, been given their own new independent sites (vasahats),
so that people from the same submerged village have the option of
After concerted efforts to resettle communities, SSPA
reflected on the progress that has been made, and has now devised
a multi-pronged approach to make the resettled communities
self-sufficient and self-reliant. The new interventions were
considered after detailed studies of reports, the ground reality,
and success in the already existing initiatives of a similar kind.
Credit: Currently, many of the PAFs cannot access regular
agricultural credit for reasons of lack of information and
instances of defaulting in loan repayments. Since agriculture is
a seasonal activity, it is crucial for the appropriate funds to
be available within a timely framework so that optimum
productivity is possible. With intervention in the field of
credit, SSPA will endeavor to ensure that banks provide prompt
disbursal of crop loans to PAPs.
Efforts are already underway to establish cooperatives in
certain settlements for the pre-production, production and
marketing of crops.
Prior to resettlement there were many PAFs that were
traditionally engaged in animal husbandry and dairying
activities for domestic purposes. They did not use these
activities for commercial purposes. The aim of the SSPA
intervention is to help the PAFs procure milch cattle for income
generation. Efforts will be made to help the families procure
loans, undergo requisite training and forge tie-ups with the
The process for organizing womenís self-help groups have been
initiated to foster savings and micro-credit among them.
This intervention is specifically aimed at addressing the needs
of the second-generation of the resettled communities. Many PAFs
have sons who were under 18 at the time of resettlement. Such
individuals now need training and assistance for setting up
viable micro enterprises.
Club: Around 100 farmerís clubs have been formed. NABARD
contributes Rs.3000/- every year for
a period of 3 years and the sponsoring
Bank also pays Rs.3000/- for two years.
This fund is used for conducting educational
tour programs for farmers, useful
reading material and for arranging
talks for educating them regarding
agriculture and farming.