Central India

The central India belt is rich in natural resources, yet the poorest region of the country, and home to many tribal populations. Agricultural practices followed by the tribals, who form 90% of the population, are quite primitive and productivity is low. This has resulted in the tribal populations progressively slipping deeper into poverty.

The Tata Trusts interventions in the region to improve the quality of life focus on fighting poverty through water and land resources management and a livelihood-centred approach, besides education and health initiatives. They are spread across the states of Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Programmes Key interventions States
Tata Water Mission Water and sanitation Odisha, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan
South Odisha Initiative Health, education, skill building, natural resource management  Odisha
Central India Initiative Livelihoods Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat
Madrasa Initiative Education West Bengal
Sukhi Baliraja Initiative Education, livelihoods, health Maharashtra
Kharash Vistarotthan Yojana Education, water and sanitation, natural resource management, health Gujarat
Sakh Se Vikas Livelihoods, education, health, nutrition, skill building Rajasthan