Initialives for Mobilizing people
MPI program to create awareness about central and State Government schemes for the enlistment of the poor has been initiated in 20 villages. Awareness and training programs for elected members in village Panchayat are also initiated in 1993. The economic department of British University of Columbia has undertaken a comparative study of Manavlok’s community wells and wells done by the Government.
Jansahayog (People’s Initiative to Fight Against Injustice)
Manavlok believes that advocacy is the process of community development through public
protest to the misuses of public funds and untimely delivery of schemes by concerned department. Manavlok has a vibrant advocacy team “Jansahyog” to create awareness among people . Through Manavlok initiatives in advocacy, many of the unutilized government schemes have been utilized in the region across. It is a branch of Manavlok for Social Action Project. It empowered among BPL people and other vulnerable groups (Aged, Destitute,Deserted Women and Handicapped). There are various schemes of government allotted for the vulnerable and marginalized groups of people to improve economically, socially, politically and mentally but unfortunately some people including government officials tried to benefit from those schemes by delaying in delivery and drain away. Due to lack of certain certificates among poor citizens they find difficulties to access government schemes therefore Janshayog team intervened on government departments system to deliver certificates or schemes timely. This activity has been started during 2005 in response to the vulnerable groups in our society. During 2014-15 we help 3270 beneficiaries to access the government schemes. Consistent Follow-up of remaining applications is going on.
Circumstances compelled our Jansahayog team to pressurize the concerned culprits by organizing various public demonstrations, Satyagrha and Gherao, before the office of Thashildar. In the reporting year too we submitted 19 memorandums to Government’s Authority to respond the need of the people. We visited 179 times to Government Offices for Advocacy on the same cause.
Table of Jansahayog Activities and Beneficiaries
Table of Jansahayog’s Social Action Events
Domestic Worker’s Association:
Jansahayag formed an association for Domestic workers called “Domestic Worker’s Association” to overcome their difficulties by sharing and voice-out. Till date they are guided by our Jansahayog team. The 7th annual day of Association of Domestic workers was arranged. They were addressed by Mr. Rajkumar Ghayal, labour leader , Beed and Dr. Jostsna Chate from Kunkulol Hospital, Ambajogai. On this occasion Dr. Dwarkadas Lohiya (Babuji), Datta Ambekar Journalist, Mr. Aniket Lohiya, Mr. Lalasaheb Agle, the staff of Manavlok and college of Social work were attended. Mr. Datta Ambekar (Journalist) extended a donation of Rs. 3000/- for refreshment. Presently Jansahayog is very popular center of Manavlok which works on advocacy for the poor and ignorant people.
Self Help Groups
We have four types of Self Help groups namely Krushak Panchayat, Bank Linkages, Micro Enterprises and HelpAge. It focusing on different developmental activities or programmes as per the requirements of the groups’ members. We have networking and linkages with different governmental departments and banks in assessing the programme/schemes in order to reach to right beneficiaries.
Self Help Groups during 2014-15
Manavlok initiated many projects for farmers to uplift their socio-economic and formed Krushak Panchayat (Farmers’ Club) during 1983. There were around 30,000 members. For these member we created awareness and given training on agriculture development (which is related to GAP), watershed development (community-wells, check-dams, CCT, compartment bunding, land renovation, plantation, bore wells, biogas), sanitation, government schemes, etc. This Krushak Panchayat has changed into SHGs during 2006. Through this activity we could see much progress in the community and the beneficiaries also slowly developed socially and economically. And we are happy to say that due to development the number of members of KPs/SHGs is decreasing slowly. Also it creates self-confidence and leadership among the vulnerable groups of society. Now many persons of this group become leader in the community like Gram Panchayat Members, Cooperative Society’s Members, etc.
Sub-Centers Wise Groups of Krushak Panchayats-2014-15
Presently we are focusing on the marginal farmers to be free from money lenders. These marginal farmers are finding financial difficulties to buy seed and fertilizers for agriculture activities. They have no accessibility of agriculture loan from bank due to several reasons. Therefore they are tends to fall into the trap of money lenders. As per the requirement of these marginal farmers we provided seeds and fertilizers of a sum of amount Rs. 5000 to Rs. 10000 approximate per beneficiary for two Percent (2%) as interest rate per annum, One Percent for group’s fund and One Percent for administration expenditure. Without recovery officer the capital amount along with the two Percent interest rate is recovered 100% successfully. This activity is continuing smoothly and in the reporting year (2014-15) we supported seeds and fertilizers for 1294 members of 118 SHGs from 44 villages.
Sub-Centers Wise Groups of Krushak Panchayats-2014-15
Through HelpAge India sponsorship, Manavlok had provided nutrition, cloth, medical treatment and medicines, etc. to 406 senior citizens. Presently there are twenty Self Help Groups of aged people. The recovery of loan given to eleven groups are smoothly repaying regularly. Regular meeting of president and secretaries of the self-help groups was held. World Senior Citizens Day was organized by Jansahayog Team where it was celebrated with the 700 senior citizens. On this auspicious day Encouraging talk were given by Dr. Dwarkadas Lohiya about dignity life of Senior citizens and Dr. Praveen Gujar about importance of Self Health care. The refreshment for this World Senior Citizens Day was sponsored by Mr. Datta Ambekar, Mr. Manoj Lakhera, Mr. Nagnth Kamble, and Mrs. Nanda Salunke.
RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy)
We came to know about RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) from ADM Agro Industries India Pvt. Ltd. while sharing about developmental activities. Manavlok found it very interesting of RTRS’ Principles even though it was not very new thing for us. With the objectives of enhancing the knowledge of farmers about GAP (Good Agriculture Practices), producing quality agriculture products and promote direct benefits system for farmers.
Manavlok had implemented RTRS Programme with the financial support of ADM Agro Industries India Pvt. Ltd. for two months (May-June 2014). We assisted the farmers to enroll/apply for RTRS program through application form comprise with consent to follow the RTRS Principles and we received 5740 farmers’ application forms covering 11237 hectares of soybean crop area from 56 selected villages of Ambajogai Taluka and Kej Taluka.
Rationale of the Project
We take into very serious term about the consumption of water by sugarcane factories and sugarcane farm in drought prone area. Sugarcane crop consumes huge water where the water consumption of 1 hectare of sugarcane farm is equal to the water consumption of 5 to 10 hectares of other crops (For one hectare of sugarcane farm the amount of water consumption is 2,50,00,000 liters as minimum requirement). As per official record there is 2,30,530 hectares of sugarcane farm in Marathwada region. Cutting down to 50% area of sugarcane farm will improve the drought situation into 5 times and it will make available of water for drinking and Rabi Crop. We strongly disagree of growing Sugarcane, Banana, and Grapes in drought prone area which consume huge water. Growing Sugarcane, Banana, and Grapes in drought prone area is not at all a Good Agriculture Practice (GAP). To convince both the government and farmers about a suitable crop pattern of drought prone area to be cultivated is a huge challenge. However, Implementing RTRS Project will help to reduce sugarcane growing and prevent drought situation in Marathwada region. Soy is merely a suitable crop for drought prone area because it does not need water as much as required by Sugarcane, Banana, and Grapes. As far as RTRS Principles concerned GAP is defined as agriculture without disturbing the environment and self. Therefore RTRS project can be an innovative replicable model of drought prevention and adaptation of good agriculture practices among farmers in Marathwada region.
Childline 1098 :
Manavlok is Promoting Child Rights through functioning Childline 1098 services as Nodal-Organization for Beed District, Maharashtra. It is a project of CHILDLINE India Foundation under the Ministry of Woman and Child Develop, Government of India.
With community participation Manavlok constructed playgrounds and recreational centres at 35 villages. Manavlok organized games and sport competitions at various villages where 15 camps for children and 42 camps for youths. Music classes were established at 6 villages. Till 1997 these activities were active with the support of Action Aid.