Block level


MSK- Block Level will promote community participation through involvement of Student Volunteers for empowerment of rural women. This will help create an environment in which women realise their full potential. The scheme will encourage the spirit of voluntary community service and gender equality among students. These students will serve as “agents of change” and have a lasting impact on their communities and the nation. It will also bridge the information and knowledge gap regarding schemes and facilities available for rural women.


1.1. MSK Block level Coverage:

Community engagement through Student Volunteers is envisioned in 115 most backward districts as part of the PMMSK Block level initiatives. Student volunteers will play an instrumental role in awareness generation regarding various important government schemes/ programmes as well as social issues. They will cater to awareness about government schemes/ programs, training and capacity building for rural women. The block level centres will be run by a Block Level Committee (BLC). In this Block Level Committee following shall be the members:


  • Official representative from the district (as nominated by DC),
  • Four faculty from colleges in the district/block
  • One Govt. representative from the block and
  • Two representatives from CSOs/Women SHG nominated by DC (optional or as nominated by DC).

In the first year (2017-18), BLC will be set up in 50 backward districts out of 115 backward districts as identified by NITI Aayog covering 400 blocks (maximum 8 blocks per district). In the second year (2018-19), remaining 65 districts will be taken up along with the 50 districts from previous year. In the third year, activities will be taken up in all 115 backward districts covering 920 blocks (i.e. 8 blocks per district) for six months. At the end of second year, the scheme will be evaluated to decide expansion/continuation of the scheme.

Year 2017-18(six months) 2018-19 2019-20(six months) Total(2017-2020)
Blocks 400 (50 districts *8 blocks) 920 (400 blocks of previous year + new 520 blocks from 65 districts ) 920 (all from previous year) 920
Districts 50 115 (50 previous year +65 new) 115 districts (from previous year) 115

If the number of blocks is less in one district, then more blocks can be covered in another district. Preferably all the blocks in the selected district are to be covered. However, the average number of blocks covered need not exceed eight (08) per district. No faculty will be a member of more than one BLC. However, in case of shortage of colleges or suitable faculty in some blocks, DC/DM may nominate same faculty for more than one block. In such case, the faculty will be paid honorarium from only one Block Level Committee.


1.2 MSK – Block Level Functions:


Some of the specific activities to be included at the block level are:


  • Mobilize women into joining collectives, strengthen existing collectives at village level.
  • Provide easy access to informational and other resources to the community members for effective participation in Gram Sabhas and PRIs.
  • Increase women’s participation in the functioning of PRI institutions and village level institutions like Aanganwadi centres.
  • Encourage women to participate in Gram Sabha meetings.
  • Facilitate convergent action through frontline workers to spread awareness about government schemes, programmes and services (as mentioned above) and motivate rural women to join various programs meant for their development and help in improving access.
  • Facilitate women in preparation of documents for establishing identity for enrolling in government programmes through existing government mechanism like poverty/socioeconomic surveys, Aadhar (UID), MNREGS enrolment etc.
  • Support the DLCW in implementation of BBBP Scheme.
  • Facilitate grievance redressal through articulation and follow-up cases in right forums such as Panchayats, One Stop Centre, VHSNC/VHND.
  • Coordinate with other local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)/Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and their staff working in the same region to leverage opportunities for collaboration.
  • Encourage grassroots coordination among women SHGs/ other women collectives under different programs.
  • Identify best practices (Government, CSO, PRI) in various sectors like health, education, microfinance, livelihoods, etc from a gender perspective, document initiatives and disseminate within the state.


1.3 MSK – Block Level Centre Location:


The block level represented by the Block Committee should ideally be located in the premises housing the offices of the government departments/PRI at block level. At the village level the Anganwadi Centre will be ideally the contact location for MSK or the student volunteers. Any other better location as available at the GP/village level can be utilized for the same.


1.4 MSK – Block Level - Human Resource:


Student Volunteers will be engaged to undertake activities at the block level. The NSS/NCC cadre students can also be associated. Each student volunteer will provide 200 hours of community service spread over not more than six months of time. These student volunteers will be provided orientation training regarding various schemes and programmes of the Government. For orientation training Block Level Committee (BLC) may select an institute/voluntary organization to impart the said orientation training based on the local needs of the women and resources available. For each batch of student volunteers a minimum of three days orientation training will be organised. Training & capacity building for student volunteers will equip them to undertake activities as mentioned under MSK – Block Level.

In three years (2017-2020), as per the average of eight blocks per district and 100 students per block per six months period, approximately 3,16,000 student volunteers will be engaged and each student volunteer will be given a Certificate of Community Service after completion of 200 hours of activities. Such certificate can be signed by DC/DM or any authority so designated by the district/State Government.


1.5. MSK – Block Level Human Resource Selection procedure:


Student volunteers will be chosen from colleges from the block by the Block Level Committee. The NSS/NCC cadre students can also be associated. Preferably female students will be selected. If sufficient desirable students are not available in the colleges in a block, the Block Level Committee can choose from the district level colleges. In deserving cases, girl students from 11th& 12th standard can also be chosen by the Block Level Committee.


1.6. MSK – Block Level Feedback Mechanism:


At the national level, website/IT tools will be made available for monitoring and feedback. Web based/online feedback mechanism will be developed for submission of queries, feedback and grievance redressal. The student volunteers will be required to prepare an activity chart (web based) which will be consolidated at the block and district level to be finally consolidated at the state level. Necessary permissions will be given to the designated officials to upload reports and pictures related to the activities undertaken. The certificates will be displayed on national portal for verification and can also be used as resource/asset for the participating students for life time.


1.7. MSK – Block Level - Funding pattern:


The annual budget (central share) for MSK- Block Level will be released in two instalments to the State Govt./UT Administration. The respective State Government/UT Adm. (Department of WCD/Social Welfare) is required to submit the UC and SOE for the selected block level centre/centres in the State.


The total annual budget for MSK – Block Level may be seen in Table.

Honorarium No. of Post Pay per month(Rs.) Annual Budget(Rs.)
Table : Annual budget per MSK – Block/Tehsil Level
Faculty representative at the Block Level committee 4 3000 144000
Block level official representative (nominated by the DC) 1 2000 24000
Research Officer 1 26,250 3,15,000
Student volunteers 200 Stipend @ Rs 50 per hour of community service* 3,15,000
Non Recurring Expenditure      
Establishment Charges (including computer software, printer, laptops, camera etc.)   lumpsum 300000
Recurring Expenditure      
Office Expenditure (incl. rent/services/software)   lumpsum 200000
Activity/Program Cost - Meetings, Workshops, Training, Consultations, Mobilization of Resource persons etc.   lumpsum 300000
IEC activities     400000
Flexi-fund ( to be decided by the District level Task Force)     168000
Total     3536000

*200 hours = 25 days (8 hours per day). Rs 50 per hours amounts to Rs 400 per day i.e. Rs 300 per day + Rs 100 as travel cost