At Village Cluster Level: About 25 to 40 Gram Swaraj Sabhas are linked with a Kshetriya Gram Swaraj Sabha. This consists of chairmen and secretaries from each Gram Swaraj Sabha. A chairman is unanimously identified by each Kshetriya Gram Swaraj Sabha. The Banwasi Seva Ashram volunteer at the cluster level is secretary of the Kshetriya Gram Swaraj Sabha.
At Central Level: Located at the Ashram headquarters in Govindpur, this level of the Kendriya Gram Swaraj Sabha is the representative body of all Kshetriya Gram Swaraj Sabhas and Banwasi Seva Ashram.
This organizational structure provides easy mutual contacts between the villagers and the Ashram. All work together for one aim: the all-around sustainable development of the local people. The idea is that people should acquire the necessary self-confidence and skills to manage their own and village affairs. In other words, the people own the responsibility of developing their society.
Moreover, we believe in working towards a need-based (needs as expressed by the village community) and locally rooted development. After problem identification, the root causes of the problem are scientifically studied. This typically includes mapping of the local resources, assessment of the economic situation and lifestyles of the people. The crucial inputs needed to address the problem are then planned on the basis of the analysis of the study. Implementation of a project is carried out by involving the community and associating with resource personnel (qualified technical and scientific specialists) as and when required. Before implementing any new idea at the village level, experiments are carried out on prototype models and/or sample groups. These experiments are used for learning, making the necessary adjustments and later as a demonstration for dissemination and advocacy. As a part of the implementation process, selected individuals in the village community are trained in technical skills as well as management skills.
Thus, in order to ensure sustainability, active involvement and cooperation of the village community are given prime importance at every stage of a project, starting from the project conceptualization and planning stages to implementation, monitoring and evaluation stages. This bottom-up approach ensures that development actors and the village community mutually benefit and the development schemes are more effective.