A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) is an initiative of GREEN formed with a view to monitor, guide and assist effective intervention through the MKSP program. Made up of members from within the community itself, the CCCs encourage ownership of women’s empowerment within a locality, and like in all of GREEN’s work, employ a collaborative, participatory approach to effective intervention. The CCC members were chosen from the local community itself(9 panchayats in Ramnagar district and 18 panchayats in Chitradurga district) and trained to fulfill their roles and responsibilities.
Roles and responsibilities of CCCs
While there are several government regulations and schemes aimed at benefiting farmers, we have found that there is little awareness of them among community members. This, coupled with poor education levels, is often one of the key reasons why entitlements do not always reach those in need. This is particularly true of women farmers, many of whom are often unsure of what procedures to follow or even what is their due according to government regulations and schemes.
As autonomous units of self-government present within each community, the CCCs were initiated by GREEN to champion the cause of farmers and help bridge this gap; through the committees, farmers are empowered with the correct information and wherewithal to acquire their entitlements.The CCCs are responsible for addressing community concerns by fostering linkages with GREEN staff and officials of government departments. This ‘convergence’ of various key players and government programs to ensure that farmers, particularly vulnerable women farmers, receive necessary assistance is a very important responsibility of the CCCs. The committees act, in essence, as pressure groups, facilitating the application process that community members often find challenging when applying for government entitlements. Heavily involved in MKSP implementation, they monitor project activities and follow-up on action plans, giving valuable feedback to GREEN on community challenges.
Structure of CCCs
Acting, in essence, as complimentary bodies to government administrative units at panchayath and taluk levels, the community consultative committees have a hierarchal structure originating in the Self Help Groups (SHGs) present in an area. The CCC members at various levels are determined in separate meetings held for the purpose of committee selection.
At the panchayath level (the smallest unit of the government’s administrative arm), one member from every SHG in the region is chosen to represent that SHG; a committee of 5 members is then determined from among these representatives. This is done such that each panchayath of a taluk is represented by a 5-member Panchayath Level CCC (PLCCC).
All members of every PLCCC in a taluk are considered candidates for the taluk level CCC (TLCCC). Constituted of 5 members, the TLCCCs are also determined in a meeting held for the purpose.