Arpit Asthana

Placed at:   Surguja, Chhattisgarh

Education: BE in Electronics and Communication, University of Rajasthan and MBA in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar

Prior work experience:

  • Worked for one year as a Software Engineer at Accenture, Bangalore and then as a Research Associate at GfK (Social Division) in Delhi for 8 months.
    Key work during fellowship


  • Chhattisgarh has the highest percentage of Female Headed Households (FHHs) across all Indian states. The condition of FHHs which mostly comprises of widow, divorced and separated women is worse than their counterpart. Poor socio-economic and livelihood conditions coupled with illiteracy and unawareness about rights and entitlements makes them highly vulnerable and often neglected in the society.

What was done:

  • A study to objectively understand the socio-economic-livelihood-health-social security and legal aspects of these women were undertaken. Facilitation, assistance and hand-holding support from District Administration was provided. The women were tried to be linked with an income generating activity in addition to their entitlements. A ‘Women Vulnerability Index’ was also designed for an empirical understanding of the conditions of these women.


  • Social Security (Pension sanctioned: 1206)
  • Indira Awas sanctioned: 869
  • New Voter ID issued: 57
  • Labor Card issued: 301
  • Insurances (coverage)- Aam Admi Bima, Atal Khetihar Bima, PM Suraksha Bima, PM
  • Jeevan Jyoti, Rashtriya Parivar Sahayta: 2706
  • New Toilets under SBM and NREGA: 1436
  • Adhar Cards: 2426
  • Women in classes (National Literacy Mission): 2722Training and Livelihood Linkage
  • Training of women in seed production, line sowing, SRI and distribution of mini-kits: 1058
  • Training and linkage with Fish production: 22
  • Vegetable cultivation: 111
  • Animal Husbandry (Pigs, poultry and Bulls): 59
  • Linked with Sericulture: 105
  • Business Correspondent/ Bank Mitra: 6
  • Minor Forest Produce/ Lac Production/ Apiculture etc.: 161
  • Linked with SHGs: 2745
  • Mushroom training and production: 47
    Tailoring: 20Health
  • New RSBY/ MSBY issued: 1587Revenue
  • Mutation and record updation: 1212
  • Land titles/ pattas: 399
  • Women Help Cell in Collector’s Office- cases handled: 28Children
  • Children admitted to school/ hostels: 110