District Jhajjar came into being as a result of bifurcation of Rohtak District on 15th July 1997.The district having a population about 956,907. Population of Jhajjar town is 48447. The other towns are Bahadurgarh with population of 170426 & Beri with population of 16162 Total area of the district is 1897750 Hectare. There are 265 villages having a cultivable area of 161836 Hectare and uncultivated land is about 24000 Hectare. About 41000 Hectors of land is irrigated by canal and 74794 Hectare by tube wells. The crop intensity of the District is 140% which various year to year because the ground water is faulty. The main crop of the district in Kharif are Bajra, Jawar for fodder, Guar, Arhar, Paddy, Cotton and Sugarcane and in Rabi are Wheat, Berly, Season, Gram etc. The deep rooted caste system, that have been in place for the last so many centuries have divided the people into various classes and placed them at different altitudes of the social ladder. It has become part of culture that the marginalized are still under the conception that they are second class citizens doomed to be ruled by those in the upper classes. Despite the fact that a number of legislations have been made in the last sixty years of India as a republic, these divisions still exist, even though at a diluted intensity. These people, mainly of the scheduled caste, the scheduled tribe and other backward sessions are given many privileges and reservations as a constitutional mechanism to compensate for the centuries long deprivation and exploitations they had under gone. But these people are not aware and united to ask for their rights. The opportunistic, vote bank oriented political system woes these uneducated and poverty stricken masses with some election gimmicks and the one with the support of the mighty and influential upper class manages to win. The voices and concerns of these poor are muted or vanished from the local governance. Even though the Panchayati raj system envisages the participation of all sections of the population in the administration and planning, the unorganized poor, more often than not, skip the Gram Sabhas, etc. Even where the seats are reserved for them, the elected ones become mere puppets in the hands of the powerful. The economic conditions of the people are also affected by the caste system. The member of a particular caste does only one type of job and hence there is no freedom of choice. The division of labour among the members of the community, as envisaged centuries ago, no longer hold relevance. The times have changed and the livelihood options are now different, but the caste system does not allow the flexibility of adapting a trade or a career of their own. The state of Haryana has one of the lowest male female ratios in India. The Jhajjar district has even worse rates. Of all the social evils and social problems, gender discrimination is the worst and the most important to be addressed.
Chetanalaya has been reaching out to people of Jhajjar since last 6 years. We have reached out to 56 villages of Jhajjar and made a difference through our programmes. We have formed different Community Based Organizations like Self Help Groups, Children Parliament, Mahila Mandals, Kisan Clubs etc. Through capacity building programmes of Chetanalaya, the community developed insight about education, health & hygiene, gender equity
HIGHLIGHTS AS ON 31ST MARCH 2013
- 112 SHGs with 1389 members.
- 55 women attending cutting & tailoring courses
- 22 women attending cloth bag trainings
- Periodic training on gender and development
- Association with NABARD and DRDA programmes
- Initiation of VDP schemes and making the villages avail the benefits of it.
- 6 Women elected as PANCH (Leader) in the village body in 6 different villages.