Primary Stakeholders

Primary Stakeholders

ADATS' beneficiaries are 1,257 village level Coolie Sangha Units (CSUs) which are membership based organisations of 55,062 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 26 March 2021, 9,086 families are active Members in 438 functioning Coolie Sangha Units.

As on 26 March 2021:

Villages Active Members Inactive Members Non CSU Families Total
Functioning CSUs 438 9,086 18% 15,166 30% 4,457 9% 28,709
Dropped CSUs 473 17,088 39% 2,496 6% 19,584
Non CSU Villages 346 6,803 100% 6,803
1,257 9,086 32,254 13,756 55,096

Though only 7% of the households are women headed, without any adult males in their families, 43% 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 8,450 93%
Women Headed Households 636 7%
CSU Membership in Men's names 5,224 57%
CSU Membership in Women's names 3,862 43%
Pre-school (< 6 yrs) 124 0%
School Age (6 to 17 yrs) 10,986 17%
Youth (18 to 25 yrs) 8,516 14%
26 to 40 yrs 18,241 29%
41 to 65 yrs 19,272 31%
Senior Citizens (> 65 yrs) 5,804 9%

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 2,975 33% 37,729 8%
ST 1,356 15% 17,200 8%
BCM-A 1,585 15% 25,139 6%
BCM-B 3,052 34% 40,245 8%
General 118 0% 3,562 3%
Total 9,086 97% 1,23,875 6.6%

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

Taluk Functioning CSUs Active Members
Bagepalli 129 3,088 32%
Chickballapur 70 1,457 16%
Chintamani 106 2,171 26%
Siddalaghatta 93 1,544 19%
Gudibanda 40 726 8%
Total 438 8,986 101%