Primary Stakeholders

Primary Stakeholders

ADATS' beneficiaries are 1,257 village level Coolie Sangha Units (CSUs) which are membership based organisations of 55,010 small and poor peasant families — agricultural labourers, migrant workers, self-employed artisans, and small farmers who do not themselves employ wage labour.

Except when responding to rare emergencies, ADATS does not work with the individual poor, within the conventional social work or charitable mode, in any patronising manner.

Since the Coolie Sangha is a membership driven organisation with a strict internal structure and discipline, membership figures tend to fluctuate. Not all the families/villages are active at all times. As on 10 August 2020, 9,624 families are active Members in 448 functioning Coolie Sangha Units.

As on 10 August 2020:

Villages Active Members Inactive Members Non CSU Families Total
Functioning CSUs 448 9,624 33% 15,028 52% 4,496 15% 29,148
Dropped CSUs 462 16,596 87% 2,463 13% 19,059
Non CSU Villages 347 6,803 100% 6,803
1,257 9,624 31,624 13,762 55,010

Though only 7% of the households are women headed, without any adult males in their families, 42% of the membership stands in the names of wives, mothers and daughters. This is one of many indicators of women's position within families; their representing respective families within the Coolie Sangha. In part, it could also be tokenism.

Even worse, it could indicate a waning of relevance. Perhaps many men feel that the Coolie Sangha is not all that important a factor in their lives and they couldn't bother participating.

Demographics Active Members
Male Headed Households 8,990 93%
Women Headed Households 634 7%
CSU Membership in Men's names 5,541 58%
CSU Membership in Women's names 4,083 42%
Pre-school (< 6 yrs) 236 0%
School Age (6 to 17 yrs) 12,136 18%
Youth (18 to 25 yrs) 8,964 14%
26 to 40 yrs 19,120 29%
41 to 65 yrs 20,002 30%
Senior Citizens (> 65 yrs) 5,464 8%

In spite of about half the membership being SC and ST, the Coolie Sangha is a broad unification across caste and community as can be seen by a uniform ethnic cover across different categories

Category Active Members Pop & Ethnic Cover
SC 3,162 33% 37,729 8%
ST 1,433 15% 17,200 8%
BCM-A 1,651 17% 25,139 7%
BCM-B 3,234 34% 40,245 8%
General 128 1% 3,562 4%
Total 9,608 100% 1,23,875 7%

The geographic spread of the Coolie Sangha is across 5 Taluks (Blocks) of Chickballapur district in Karnataka

Taluk Functioning CSUs Active Members
Bagepalli 383 3,097 32%
Chickballapur 234 1,513 16%
Chintamani 331 2,480 26%
Siddalaghatta 195 719 19%
Gudibanda 110 719 7%
Total 1,253 8,528 100%