Empowerment of SC/ST Communities Through Watershed Activities in Rayalaseema Region

PVRM Reddy, B Janardhan Reddy, BV Ramana Kumar
2020 Acta Scientific Agriculture  
Semi-arid regions like Rayalaseema of Andhra Pradesh were adopted by programmes like Integrated Watershed Management Program in order to improve productivity and livelihoods especially marginalized sections such as SC/STs. These are poor, asset less, socially depressed, and economically backward. With this aim, IWMP provided financial assistance to improve their lives by engaging them through farm-based and non-farm based activities under the components of Natural Resources Management,
more » ... anagement, Productivity Support Improvements and Livelihoods for the period 2017-2020. To evaluate their performance and improvement, the study carried out a detailed field-based study with extensive field surveys; in-depth interviews focused group discussions, case studies and also collected secondary data for effective analysis. The results can be seen in the target-based activities of financial assistance and works provided to develop their land and livelihoods. This further led them to move towards sustainable development in all spheres of life especially, their self-esteem and social imagery. Rayalaseema of Andhra Pradesh with the common guidelines provided in 2008 which were revised again in 2011 [3,4]. So far, 432 projects were implemented under the programme which is spread over 9607 villages and 17.6 lakh hectares in 11 districts of Andhra Pradesh. The Department of Rural Development implemented watersheds through different programmes viz. Integrated Wastelands
doi:10.31080/asag.2020.04.0891 fatcat:6nnbj6gbxngwjfpcpnxquib44q