The Fourth Phase 2018 - PRESENT

The current phase of JMS, starting from 2018, marks a further rejuveration in the membership base of JMS which had dwindled in the thrid phase owing to several reasons. Though there was migration and wages had gone up, NREGA still continued to be the steady life-line for people. During this phase JMS took a strategic decision to expand the membership base beyond the Dalit community to include other daily wage based-landless communities by organising them into labour groups in villages. JMS has currently expanded its membership to 3500 households and its intervention in 75 villages in 30 Gram Panchayats, stretching across 4 blocks. Two new blocks have been carved out in Raichur district and some of the villages of JMS constituency are now in Sirwar and Maski talukas (blocks). This makes the presence of JMS now live in 4 of the 7 blocks in Raichur. Gaining from the experience of almost 20 years, the JMS leaders are at the forefront to navigating through the maze of government bureaucracy. They have gained skills in using smart-phones, social media such as whatsapp and have been aided by others in using emails to document and communicate with authorities. The digitisation of accounts, direct payment, linkage with adhar cards has given a new twist to corruption which workers cannot see or understand. Wrong bank account numbers are attached to the adhar cards and job cards of workers which divert funds to othes. JMS is at the forefront of getting justice in work to each and everyone. During this phase, JMS is focusing on the gender-lens in NREGA, viz. providing women-friendly works, equal wages for women, women-child friendly work conditions, sanitation etc. This is a work in progress, along with the massive amount of work undertaken and crores of rupees that JMS facilitated reach each and every household.


Reaching the unreached:

MS focused on in the remote villages of four talukas (Manvi, Sindhanur,Maski,Sirwar) where people had not received work under MNREGA even after 12 years. Their Job cards were in the control of panchayat members who used them to siphon off the money. Despite of facing partriacal challenges from Grampanchayat members and landlords in the villages JMS ensured 100 days of work in five new villages (Jutlapura camp, Chimalapura,Lakkamdinni, Buddinni, Basapura). Through this relentless work JMS stopped people from migrating in few villages by creating a hope in the villages. JMS inspired many neo/semi literate youth to take up the work under NREGA.

Public Hearing:

JMS organised a public dialogue on Right to work and Equal wageswith the authorities at Manvi to resolve the NREGAissues which were pending since 2 years. Through this and several follow up interventions, 300 reject payments were cleared (payments rejected due to technical glitches such as adhar card does not match with bank account etc.) and pending wages was credited to the laborers’ accounts.


Across 50 villages, 3,500 families got acess to work for 100 days. JMS created 3,50,000 persondays of work and Rs.8.5 crores of income generated by 3,500 families.


Caste and gender discrimination was efficiently addressed and substantially reduced through this campaign. Marginalised Women were empowered to approach and exercise there rights at Grampanchayats and are enabled to question the authorities with dignity without feeling intimidated.

Work during COVID19 lockdown:

During March and April 2020 there was reverese migration in the villages due to COVID-19 and lock down across the country. Which severly effected the marginalised community. At this peak distress JMS made various interventions at Taluk and District level authorities and created 200 job cards for the retuned families in the villages and ensured immidiate work under NREGS with equal and right wages.

Direct links with District authorities:

JMS delegations directly approached the Chief Executive Officer, Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners when the Taluka and Panchayat level officers did not respond. For example, the bills that were pending for several months for constructing 150 toilets were cleared with such a delegation.