District:- South Garo Hills
Chokpotgre village is located in the South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, India. It is situated 2 km away from the Civil Sub-Division and Chokpot C&RD Offices, and is 54 km away from the district headquarter of Baghmara. The latitude 25.57 and longitude 91.87 are the coordinates of the Chokpotgre village. This village was established in the year 1921.
The village has 5 numbers of springs/ water source and 3 numbers of streams within the village area. There are lots of households which are facing problems for drinking water. There are few households who use river water for drinking purpose and the water is not suitable for drinking purpose. Villages also have some open wells of which some are private and public ownership which is used for drinking and bathing purposes. The village has 5 ponds which are used for their livestock.
According to the villagers, the fertility of the soil is not good because of which yield per hectare is very less.
1. Sensitization Programme
Dated: 5th January 2019
The DPMU team of South Garo Hills District took the first step to make social contact with the village leaders and visited the village for ground truthing. After this, an Awareness and Sensitization Programme about the CLLMP project was conducted on the 5th of January 2019. A total of 60 villagers attended the programme including the Nokma, the village secretary, and the VEC secretary.
2. Formation of VNRMC
Dated: 8th January 2019
Chaired by the acting Nokma, a general meeting of the village was called and the VNRMC of the Chokpotgre village was formed on the 8th of January 2019 in the presence of the Nokma and the DPMU staff. The VNRMC members were explained about the role of the VNRMC in implementing the day-to-day activities of the project. On the same day the community also elected the EC members for their VNRMC.
Following this, the VNRMC also selected the Village Community Facilitators (VCF). Six VCFs were selected, of which three were kept on standby.
3. Signing of Documents
Dated: 15th January 2019
On the 15th January 2019, the VNRMC EC members of Chokpotgre signed the Citizen’s Green Charter, the Village Grant Agreement (VGA) and Expression of Interest (EOI) in the presence of Shri. Dolrich G. Momin, SDO as well as BDO of Chokpot Civil sub-Division at his office in the Chokpot C&RD Block Office. Officials from the DPMU were also present to facilitate the programme.
4. PRA Exercise
Dated: 13th February 2019
PRA is one of the effective and most commonly used methods for data collection, particularly when it comes to planning process in the village. It is a method where planning is done with the community’s participation. The community comes together to identify all the resources available within their village and find out their own problems and look for the solution.
The PRA exercise at Chokpotgre village was conducted on the 13th February 2019.
5. Development of the Community Natural Resource Management Plan (CNRMP)
Dated: 22nd February 2019
The objective of the CNRMP is to prepare a roadmap of the future course of action on the management of Natural Resources within the village and adjoining areas through effective and timely implementation of the project. Also the VNRMC intends to draw the technical and financial support by way of Convergence with different line departments other than the CLLMP Project, which are having similar approach related to NRM and allied activities, so that the planning is holistic and is a plan which will balance all round social, economic, and Environmental development in the village. The people of Chokpotgre, including the VNRMC members, gathered together on the 22nd February 2019 to prepare their CNRMP.
6. Opening of Bank Account
Dated: 13th March 2019
For implementing the various activities under the project, the bank account for Chokpotgre VNRMC was opened on the 13th March 2019.
7. Project Implementation