Yuva Rural Association was established in 2002 to address the rural issues in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra since 1994. We work towards the development of the rural areas of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra especially for Natural Resource Management, Livelihoods, Gender and Governance. We initiate activities like creating livelihood opportunities for protecting vulnerable people including women & children from violence & other social discrimination and for making the govt. schemes available to the people through policy advocacy and lobbying. The various constituency groups focus are small & marginal farmers, landless labourers, dalits, tribals, women, children, youth, people with disability and PLHIV/AIDS
NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND LIVELIHOOD
‚Ä¢Awareness for NREGS program in Vidarbha region for 11 district.
‚Ä¢PBR process in 18 villages. (seeds, forest, land, water and cattle)
‚Ä¢110 Structures developed under RTRWHS- Storage tanks of average capacity 12500 liters water were constructed. Every month, 990 population familysaves Rs. 600/-.
‚Ä¢2 cheek dam (Trambo / Kidiyanagar) Through 6 Wand, 20 well, 10 Bore wells 300 family got direct benefit of water sources for recharging and dinking.
‚Ä¢Women‚Äôs participation in Agriculture: Research Study completed.
‚Ä¢Entitlement of the property for 800 women process completed.
‚Ä¢Anvi Mirzapur ‚Äì C. M. and Deputy C. M. issued directives for distribution of houses to 43 women of Muslim community in distress.
‚Ä¢Awareness meetings, Gramsabhas arranged in 500 villages about NREGA and Vidarbha Package.(Productive work like Farm ponds, rainwater harvesting, nala bunding, farm bunding etc.)
‚Ä¢Local Advocacy and pressure building ‚Äì Gaigaon and Murtizapur.2 families sought benefit of Rs. 100,000/- which was not considered as farmer‚Äôs suicide case. (Gaigaon ‚Äì process done through Local Self Government and Murtizapur ‚Äì procession of Morcha at Collector Office)
‚Ä¢Federation of 428 Farmers Self-help Groups.
‚Ä¢Agreements with Suminter and Manjit companies for agriculture marketing. 2022 farmers received additional price of 10% on oil seeds and other products like Jowar, beans, Bajra, groundnuts etc. helped in reduction in exploitation of farmers.
‚Ä¢Completed micro planning and net planning process of 10 villages in Gujarat.
‚Ä¢Initiation of Organic Agriculture Sale and purchase depots at 6 Tahsils.
‚Ä¢Process industries like Dal Mill, Grading & packing, seed bank, cattle feed, flooring mill, spices industry, dairy development, goat keeping, composting vermi compost etc. were initiated by 5 groups in Rahpar Taluka, Gujarat and 41 groups in Vidarbha comprising of 163 individuals.
‚Ä¢8 horticulture plots, 35 kitchen gardens and 9 fodder plots were initiated by women in Rahpar and Vidarbha. 45 farmers cultivated spices crops on 75 acres of land.
‚Ä¢C-2 level organic certification of 4500 farmers completed and 10000 farmers have been registered for Fair Trade Certification.
‚Ä¢Seven programs of seed fair were arranged. Barter exchange of traditional seeds amongst farmers. 4600 farmers got savings of Rs. 350/- per Kg. of seed.
‚Ä¢Sustainable agriculture is spread to 619 villages through cadre of 31 promoting farmers in Rahpar, 200 women and youth each in Vidarbha.
‚Ä¢Sustainable agriculture program is in implementation in 5 districts of Vidarbha and 2 districts of Gujarat covering 700 villages and 7000 and 50000 farmers in Gujarat and Maharashtra respectively. Total 360000 acres of land is covered under sustainable agri. Farmers are saving Rs. 3500 per acre on cost of cultivation.
‚Ä¢Farm bunding on 2365 acres of land.
‚Ä¢INSAP model accepted and publicized at State and National level through electronic media like E-TV, Star Maaza, and print media like Agro One, Times of India and Readers Digest.
‚Ä¢INSAP model is visited by Govt. officials and visitors outside state for replication.
‚Ä¢Students from IIFM visited and prepared report on the potential, eco friendly practices of ISAM.
‚Ä¢‚ÄúINSAP‚Äù model was widely accepted and presented in OXFAM‚Äôs position paper.
‚Ä¢Students from Various colleges like Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Ferguson College etc. for Internship/ block placement.
‚Ä¢100 GM free villages and 100% organic farming in 200 villages in process.
‚Ä¢Celebration of Anti GM Day.
‚Ä¢Safe Drinking water supply schemes in 23 villages in Rahpar.
‚Ä¢Construction of 30 water tanks, pipelines and stand posts.
‚Ä¢Population benefited ‚Äì 64182 populations from 11287 villages.
‚Ä¢Construction of 2 check dams at Kidiyanagar and Trambo resulted in recharging of 10 wells and 8 bore-wells benefiting 1445 families directly.
‚Ä¢Land brought under irrigation is 1952 acres due to low cost watershed development program.
GENDER & OTHER SOCIAL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION
‚Ä¢72000 volunteers joined a state level campaign to end VAW and made differences in their personal lives.
‚Ä¢YRA is recognized as trainer for DV Act.
‚Ä¢YRA is registered as service providers in 5 district of Vidarbha.
‚Ä¢Representation on various state level committees for advocacy for policy change.
‚Ä¢An organization of women- Mahila Vikas Parishad- developed with 27000 membership.
‚Ä¢Collection of Rs. 90000 as MVP funds.
‚Ä¢5 cooperatives of women developed.
‚Ä¢Representation of 347 MVP members on various committees of governance.
‚Ä¢667 women started their personal business.
‚Ä¢835 women got their names put up on 7/12 extract, bank accounts, ration cards.
‚Ä¢In 102 villages around 1, 53,000 houses are put up on women‚Äôs (joint) names through Gramsabhas.
‚Ä¢800 women received employment and 2000 women got report cards under NREGS.
‚Ä¢Total savings amount of SHG‚Äôs is Rs. 24,48,000/- and loan disbursement amount is 37,41,000/-
‚Ä¢Receiving demands from Govt. funding partners for submission of district level proposals for CSW (Ujjawala ).
‚Ä¢Good relations developed with govt. officers.
‚Ä¢Identity and credibility established.
‚Ä¢Collaboration developed with doctors.
GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Government Accountability, Advocacy, Lobbying & Research
‚Ä¢A state level campaign got momentum for Governance Accountability towards MDG goals and promises.
‚Ä¢Work under NREGS was demanded in Gram Sabhas arranged in 50 villages resulting in commencement of the work with immediate effect. Chief Minister of Maharashtra wrote letter to concerned District Collector.
‚Ä¢500 women got employment on equal wages for equal work basis.
‚Ä¢Four researches were undertaken on the issues like primary education, primary health, employment and Dalit Rights.
‚Ä¢Publication of study on Mahatma J. Phule Mahamandal in the hands of Smt. Sulekha Kumbhare on the occasion of International Human Rights Day on 10th December 2007.
‚Ä¢People‚Äôs tribunal was arranged on 14th May 2008 on Food for Poor followed by publication of People‚Äôs Report Card on Janani Suraksha Yojana on 15th May 2008.
‚Ä¢Under Nine is Mine activity, 30,000 postcards with students signature were sent to honorable finance minister stating that it is our right to have budgetary allocation of 6% on primary education and 3% on primary health.
‚Ä¢Successful rescue operation of 27 minor girls from Rahmahal Circus.
‚Ä¢Two days state level consultation was arranged on 2nd and 3rd May 2008 at Ahmedabad. The high profile participants like economist, agriculturist, researchers, former ministers, social activists attended the consultation. The workshop was aimed finding out the gaps in the Govt. policies like National Farmers Policy, Minimum Support Price, APMC, Sovereignty of seed Act, SEZ, etc. and how they are affecting rural livelihood all over Gujarat State and what could be the alternative source of livelihood.
‚Ä¢State Rally with mobile van was laid in the 10 districts of Gujarat State covering 35 Tahsils. The activities undertaken were corner meetings, gram Sabhas, poster exhibition, video shows, interaction with students from professional colleges and schools etc.
‚Ä¢One day state level workshop on policy analysis was arranged at Pune. 70 high profiled participants including representatives of agriculture universities and likeminded NGOs/CBOs, researchers, economist like Prof. H. M. Desarda, farmers undertaking organic farming were present. The workshop was chaired by Prof. N. D. Patil, a veteran activist.
‚Ä¢School/college campaign in more than 300 school/campaigns. Participation of over 15000 youths directly.
‚Ä¢At 9 places, corruption was disclosed by using RTI.
‚Ä¢A campaign was initiated in 40 colleges and 30 schools against increasing tendency of students of going for copying instead of hardworking.
‚Ä¢Formation of 4 new cooperative societies of unemployed youths while 5 exclusive women‚Äôs societies were formed.
‚Ä¢Employment generation for 90 women and youths.
‚Ä¢Total membership to the tune of 12000 and collection of membership fees of Rs. 120,000/-
‚Ä¢Campaign against load shading, rationing (PDS), and consumption of alcohol initiated in 400 villages.
‚Ä¢Arrangement of dummy Vidhan Sabha in 5 regions of Gujarat covering 52 Tahsils of 10 districts.
‚Ä¢State level organization of youth- Maharashtra Yuva Parishad with a membership of 20,000 has been formed.
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Nagpur, Maharashtra 440034