Programme Summary -

The Programme area will include the six distressed districts in the Vidharbha region, namely Akola, Amravati, Buldhana, Wardha, Washim and Yavatmal with a population of 11.2 million persons, of which nearly 45% are below the poverty line. Rural households account for about 75% of all households. There are about 1.4 million farmers operating with an average farm size of 2.6 ha each. More than half of landholdings are in the smallholders’ size group of less than 2 ha. Overall SC, ST and other Backward Class communities constitute two-thirds of the rural poor. Some 27% of them faced food insecurity. About 75% of the poor are landless; some 14% of them hold land less than 1 ha, mostly rain fed.

The CAIM Programme is designed to contribute to the restoration and improvement of the ecological balance in the target areas. The range of menu on NRM related issues include soil and water conservation, improving soil health for agriculture, rain water harvesting, restoration of traditional agro biodiversity, livestock, and so on.


Government of Maharashtra in the Department of Co-operation, Marketing & Textiles (DCMT) will be responsible for the oversight of the Programme. This will, inter alia, include overall policy support, guidance and supervision. It will provide all technical and financial resources through the PMU and DPMTs to the contracted/partner organizations. The MSAMB under the DCMT will be the Lead Programme Agency (LPA). At Programme level the PMU set up under the MSAMB will have overall responsibility of implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation, fund administration, etc. At district level, the DPMTs under the ATMA will be responsible. The SHG and CMRC development subcomponent will be the overall responsibility of MAVIM through its respective district offices. Private sector agencies such as ITC, Arvind Mills, Jayant Mills, Praj Industries, Tata Chemicals, Reliance, Banks, NABARD, Urban Co-operative credit societies, NGOs etc will be encouraged to associate with the Programme interventions and offer market support to the beneficiaries.


The Programme coordination at state level will be ensured through a specially constituted State Programme Steering Committee (SPSC) under the Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra. The SPSC will be composed of Secretaries of Finance Department, Planning Department, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries Department, Rural Development & Water Conservation Department, Revenue & Forest Department (Relief and Rehabilitation), Women and Child Development Department, DCMT, representatives of the SRTT and such other members as deemed necessary by the State. A Programme Steering Committee (PSC) under the co-chairmanship of the Divisional Commissioners of Amravati and Nagpur will be established at Amravati and the PMU Programme Director as its member- Secretary. A District Programme Coordination Committee (DPCC) will be set up in each Programme district and the respective District Collector as Chairman and the CEO the vice-chairman. The other concerned officers including district level officers of line departments, will be members of the committee. Representatives of SRTT, NGOs and private sector companies that are partners in the Programme, selected Chairpersons of VDCs, JLGs/SHGs/CMRC, DCO, MAVIM, etc will also be members of the DPCC. The DPMT Manager will function as the Member-Secretary of the Committee.




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IFAD Country Programme Officer for INDIA Dr.Vincent Dorlong addressing at the time of political launch programme of CAIM.