DBSS – Chhota Nagpur

Chotanagpur is one of the oldest and biggest Dioceses in CNI. It was established on 23.03.1890 and is predominantly a tribal Diocese spread in the entire tribal area of Jharkhand. It has 55 pastorates and congregation of more than 1.5 lakh within nine districts/deanery. It has been addressing to the needs of the people for the last hundred and fifteen years. The founding fathers of the Diocese did realize the plight of the marginalized and oppressed people of the area. Following the footsteps of Jesus, they felt the burden and decided to work for these unfortunate ones and free them from their bondage.

DBSS is the development wing of the Diocese of Chotanagpur (CNI). The aim and objective is to fulfill the MISSION OF CHRIST and restore the dignity and image of the marginalized people of the tribal belt. With the above concern, the DBSS was formally constituted and a separate board was set apart in the Diocese to look after the development aspect of the Diocese.

In 1988, the DBSS came into existence and started a partnership with SBSS, but the work was started in the year 1989. Till 1992, it worked under the umbrella of SBSS and did not have its own constitution. A team of one coordinator and seven motivators were trained and joined the Diocese as full time staffs. Later three more motivators joined the group. In 1992 the DBSS was registered as an independent body which is solely responsible to coordinate and monitor all the development activities of the Diocese. Though it is independent body, but as per its constitution, it is directly under the supervision of the Diocesan Executive.

Since its inception DBSS has been working for the rights of the Adivasis. The reference area is mostly dominated by the tribal, especially Munda tribe. Although, in the beginning the work was started with charity/welfare approach. Later more stress and focus was given to maintain and protect the identity of the Tribal by preserving the culture, customs and traditions. There was also an attempt in creating awareness on land rights and helping community to file applications for land under Forest Right Act 2006. Process was also initiated to work on minor forest product (MFP), enhancing agricultural productivity and food security by ensuring implementation of government schemes.

Since Gram Sabha is the lowest rung “organic institution” in the village, a process was initiated to strengthen the Gram Sabha. Traditional village leaders have been developed /capacitated who are working very closely with the Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) leaders while tapping the government resources for their villages.

Contact Details

Coordinator: Mr. Sudeep Tigga (7004522722) (chotanagpur.dbss@cnisbss.org)