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.
|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|