Past Programs...

Adarshgaon Yojana
 Adarshgaon means an ideal village. This project was launched by GoI in 1992 to commemorate the golden jubilee of Quit India Movement. It was the vision of Mahatma Gandhi to have ideal, self-sufficient villages in India. The goal of the program is to make villages self-sufficient, self-reliant motivate and mobilize women to emerge as leaders. This project was implemented by AGVSS in Badnapur village of Amravati district between 2000 – 2010, wherein activities like soil and water conservation works like CNB, Farm pond, CCT, Mati Nala Bund etc were carried out. Similarly formation and strengthening of SHGs were also undertaken through this project. Similar kind of projects were also implemented in Borgaon village of Amravati district between 2005-2010, and in Yerla – Dorla villages of Hinganghat block of Wardha district during 2005-2010. This intervention was supported by “Adarshgaon Sankapl Va Prakalp Samiti”, Pune.

CAPART Watershed development Project
  AGVSS implemented Component – “A” i.e. Watershed Conservation & Development for drought prone areas’. The project concentrated on non-arable lands and drainage lines for in-situ soil and moisture conservation, agro-forestry, pasture development, horticulture and alternative land use. It was implemeted in Mardi, Chikli and Diwankhed villages of Teosa block.

Training of BPL youth for employment
  120 youth have successfully completed diploma course in computer applications. During the year 2008 – 09, two batches were held, each batch for a period of six months.

Awareness on HIV & AIDS
 This campaign was held to motivate people to ‘STOP’ tobacco and drug use. Parents HIV & AIDS is the biggest challenge facing our country. AIDS can affect anyone. The virus is slowing entering the rural areas. It is important to generate awareness on prevention & care. AGVSS has started to break the silence on AIDS in the rural areas through awareness campaigns. Such 08 campaigns were held in Chandur Railway block in 2010.

Awareness on Tobacco and drug use
 Educators, members of CBOs and youth were made aware of the ill-effects of tobacco and drug usage. These campaigns were organized in 08 villages of Chandur Railway block in 2010.

Jalswarajya (Self-governance in water)
 ‘Jalswarajya’ means self-governance in water. This project was supported by the World Bank and attempted to enable the community to attain a means of control over their water and sanitation resources in order to ensure just, equitable and timely needs based distribution of the same. Jalswarajya promoted divergence from usual governance practices of centralized supply based management of water and water supply and sanitation facilities, towards decentralized demand based management of the same through sector reform. Safe and clean water supply is being provided to 54 villages of Wardha district and 13 villages of Akola district. The project was supported by Zilla Parishad’s of Wardha and Akola districts.

 The Phase – I NABARD supported Holistic development program was being implemented by CLCs through The VWCs guided by the PIA and RSO. WOTR, Ahmednagar is the RSO and AGVSS is the PIA. The overall objectives of this program was to undertake watershed in 2580.56 hectares covering 8 villages of Chandur Railway block of Amravati district comprising a population of 4827 to augment the natural base in this cluster and provide livelihood opportunities to the local populace.

  Kekatpur and Kapustalni villages were selected under the NHWDP program taking into consideration its topographical as well as ecological background and the need of the inhabitants for better natural resource management. WOTR, Ahmednagar is the RSO and AGVSS is the PIA. Apart from protection and conservation of the natural resources from the project cluster this projects also aims at providing livelihood security and empowering women through financial self reliance. Under this project total 2 Village Watershed Committees (VWCs) and 1 Cluster Level Committee (CLC) have been legally formed and registered with the Charity Commissioner. These committees supervise the work pertaining to the watershed at the village level. This committee consists of representations from all classes of the village. The Gram Sabhas are the main mentors of the program and VWCs works as arms of the Gram Sabha for field implementation. Voluntary contribution (Shramadana) from the community members/beneficiaries to the extent of 10% in the form of labour and material cost is ploughed back to the maintenance fund. For empowering women and making them financially self reliant 25 SHGs have been formed which are managed by 2 Samyukta Mahila Samities (SMS). The SMS have been provided with a revolving fund through which loans are disbursed to the SHGs for starting income generation activities like grocery shop, cottage industry, milk production etc. Similarly for promotion of agri. allied activities like dairy, 2 animal camps have been conducted wherein information on immunization, fodder and medical inputs were imparted.

Particulars of works undertaken under the NHWDP project –

No. Project Area Treatment Coverage (Ha)
1 Kapustalni Continuous Contour Trenches (CCT) 124.40Ha
2 Kekatpur and Kapustalni Farm bunds, stone outlets, waterways, Grass seeding 2042.96 Ha

Project ‘Hariyali’
  This project has been assigned to AGVSS by the Panchayat Samiti to provide technical support for the development of watersheds. Besides the organization is engaged in conducting net planning through PRA and socio-economic exercises, community mobilization and strengthening of village development committees. Following the PRA exercises, DPRs have been prepared for Teosa, Chandur Railway, Chandur Bazar, Achalpur and Morshi blocks of Amravati district. Respective DRDAs have supported this program.

BRGF (Backward region Grant Fund)
  As the project name implies the Back ward region Grant Fund is meant for providing support to those regions which are lacking in development and bringing them at par with other developed regions. This scheme is implemented in 12 districts of Maharashtra wherein the human development index is low. This fund is designed to address the regional imbalances in development. This project supplements and converges inflows into identified districts and bridges the critical gaps in local infrastructure and other developing areas that are not adequately met through existing inflows, to strengthen PRIs level governance with more appropriate capacity building to facilitate participatory planning, decision making, implementation and monitoring so that local needs are reflected, to provide professional support to local bodies for planning, implementation and monitoring of their plans; counter possible efficiency and equity losses on account of inadequate local capacity.

The objectives of the capacity building of PRI members under BRGF are as follows –

  AGVSS has till date provided trainings to 1363 PRI members from 46 Gram Panchayats from Teosa block of Amravati district. Trainings are provided to elected members of the Panchayat on governance and their roles and responsibilities to help them discharge their duties effectively. In few villages, planning is done involving women groups and elected members to assess the village needs and plan for the economic development and social justice. DRDA (Amravati) has supported this program.

Awareness Generation
 AGVSS has a dedicated team of 12 members for awareness generation on thematic basis. This talented team makes use of street plays, puppet shows, nukkad and so on to inform and educate the rural folk and motivate them to access their rights and entitlements. Awareness programs are an ongoing activity throughout the year. The topics covered are as follows:

IWMP DPR preparation
 AGVSS has the skills and technical expertise to prepare DPRs through community participatory methods such as net planning, PRA and other techniques. For the year 2012, the organization has in coordination with DSAO of Amravati and Wardha districts respectively prepared 12 DPRs in all. 10 of these pertain to Karanja, Arvi and Ashti blocks of Wardha district and the rest to Teosa block of Amravati district. Similarly 2 DPRs of Sironcha block of 22000 Ha from Gadchiroli district had been prepared.

RIDF – DPR preparation-
 NABARD has entrusted the task of watershed development in Melghat region to forest department, for which the assignment of preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) was assigned to AGVSS. The organization has accordingly prepared DPR for Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for Melghat region of 24000 Ha.

Verification of Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP) in Madhya Pradesh –
 The organization has been empanelled for carrying out verification works by Ministry of Panchayat Raj Institution, New Delhi and has successfully carried out verification of “Nirmal Gram Puraskar” (NGP) in 14 districts consisting of 155 Gram Panchayats in State of Madhya Pradesh. During the NGP verification components like availability of household latrines (IHHLs), public latrines, school sanitation, Child friendly latrines in Anganwadi (Pre Schools) and its functionality, Solid liquid waste management mechanism in respective villages, level of awareness amongst the community members etc were taken into consideration and accordingly detailed report along with specific recommendations were submitted to Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS) New Delhi.