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The idea of the CFT – Cluster Facilitation Team was conceived by the Govt. Of India (GOI) to synergize Mahatma Gandhi NREGS and National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM), run by the GOI through state governments and central agencies like Rural Development Department and implemented by community institutions like gram panchayats. The main objective of the CFT project is to substantially enhance the quality of assets being created in the Mahatma Gandhi NREGS with the assistance of civil society organizations and thereby address the issue of rural livelihoods diligently. The Cluster Facilitation Team, deployed in the Block, plays critical facilitation and capacity-building roles at the grassroots level to mobilize community-based organizations CBOs and Gram Panchayats. Under the CFT scheme, we at CARD broadly function as a technical secretariat to the more than 500-gram panchayats.CARD is implementing partner of NREGS with the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh in 8 blocks of Dindori, Mandla, Chhindwara, Dhar, and Ujjain distts, covering around more than 1000 villages and 75 employees, facilitating the development of and positively impacting around 30000 rural lives.

Rural Tourism Promotion

Under the Rural Tourism Project, 100 villages across MP have been identified with the goal of developing them as Tourism Villages. As per the scheme, the state has been divided into six key cultural experience regions. Baghelkhand, Bundelkhand and Chambal in the north and northeast apart from their cultural specialities, also showcase the essence of village life and culture. On the other hand, Malwa, Nimar and Mahakaushal in the west and south showcase the unique culture of their tribal and indigenous communities. The Rural Tourism Programme is being implemented in 60 villages in the first phase and 40 in the second phase over three years, totalling 100 villages in all. This project gives the tourist the most authentic and ground-breaking rural experience through activities like bullock cart rides, farming and cultural experiences and the opportunity to stay in homestays in rural areas to generate employment and alternative business opportunities for rural communities.

CARD, in partnership with Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board is promoting Rural Tourism in Madhya Pradesh in villages of Dhar, Ujjain and Mandla districts. More than 30 beneficiaries have been identified for this initiative.


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