Santosh Gedam

Placed at: Gadchiroli, Maharashtra SAntosh Gedam.JPG

Education: PGDM from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, B.Tech in Chemical Engineering

Prior work experience:

  •  Santosh Gedam has experience in pioneering development of Infrastructure Development index, Debottlenecking for efficient service delivery, developing efficient Procurement Chain, Advocacy and Governance, Consultancy for international organizations, retail marketing, development practices, among other things.
    He has worked with Bharat Petroleum as a senior operations officer leading production units. He has worked in retail marketing in the oligopoly oil and gas industry.He has interned as a consultant with Frost & Sullivan handling international research based assignments. Now as a PMRD fellow, he has been engaged in facilitating development programmes of the government in his district like community forest rights, customizing industry policy, saturating social entitlements at villages, etc.
    He has a penchant for holistic empowerment of people, rights based advocacy for social justice, social mobilization and capacity building, cooperative modeled livelihood promotion, and passion for contributing for building an ideal society.

One key work during fellowship

  •  Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) and other tribal groups are not able to leverage forest resource based sustainable local livelihood

What was done:

  • Forest Rights Act, 2006 enables recognition of legal rights of tribes and other forest dwellers’ communities on the forest resources
    District level planning done with block level workshops in a time bound manner
    Revenue, forest, tribal, and panchayat department officials along with village community representatives given training in block workshops about FRA provisions, how to fill the application form, what data to get from the village, how to engage village community without conflict and how to complete the task inclusively and in a time bound manner
    Block level revenue executive magistrate trained for checking every village application, a checklist prepared for essential documents needed with each application
    Coordinated with several government departments, trained them, so as to facilitate completion of application for each village, With support from District collector sir developed tactics to extract prompt response from govt. officers
    After clearance from executive magistrate, each application checked by PMRDF for correction and forwarded to the Sub-division level committee (SDLC)
    SDLC members mainly Assistant Conservator of Forest (SCF) trained with respect to provisions of FRA, 2006 and consensus built by removing colonial biases, coordinated and facilitated Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) for completion of task of SDLC


  • After a period of around 6-8 months, more than 450 village applications for community forest rights completed and forwarded to the District level committee (DLC) headed by District Collector
    After further follow up and facilitation, till now around 80 village applications have been cleared by the DLC enabling these villages to leverage forest resources for sustainable livelihood
    In the season of last year, a few villages of these which have got CFRs came together to manage and sell their community forest resources mainly Tendu and Bamboo for sustainable livelihood at local village