Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha
JBGVS is a registered Society & Trust that works under the patronage of Shri Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto Ltd. and under the guidance of Shri Madhur Bajaj, Vice-Chairman, Bajaj Auto Ltd. and Trustee of JBGVS.
It is an apolitical, secular rural development organisation. It aims to act as a catalyst and assist the participating rural community in the selected 84 villages in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand to improve their quality of life. To achieve the objectives, different types of projects are implemented based on the needs of the villagers some of which are mentioned below.
WATER CONSERVATION PROJECTS
We have created more than 2 lacs cubic meter of water holding capacity in 40 villages in Maharashtra benefitting about 10,000 families. The Sanstha is also partnering with Maharashtra Government in their prestigious 'Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan' to make drought free Maharashtra by 2019.
i. Pune- Since 1995 worked on Watershed Development in Model Village Scheme and during 1995 to 2012 in Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP) making 2 villages tanker free.
ii. Wardha- The focus is on creating ponds by digging nullahs for water & soil conservation. Since 2011 in 23 villages creating 1.48 lacs cubic meter of water holding capacity to ensure year round availability of water.
iii. Aurangabad - Undertook de-silting of existing percolation tanks & cement bunds in 10 villages creating 0.54 lac cubic meter of water holding capacity. Due to these treatments, the water levels in surrounding wells increased by 3-4 ft.
Since 2009 JBGVS has been implementing a PPP project in partnership with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), wherein 900 tribal families have established orchards (mango & aonla) on 1 acre of waste land each and 100 landless tribal families have been given goats, cows, buffaloes etc. to improve livelihood. It is expected to generate yearly income of Rs.6 crores and more from 10th year onwards.
As a tribute to Late Shri Kamalnayan Bajaj in the year of his birth centenary in 2014 alone, 21,000 forestry and 20,300 fruit trees were planted involving farmers, women groups, school children etc. Over the years JBGVS has planted 2,33,000 fruit trees & 20 lacs forest trees.
To improve the quality of education, a major project has been undertaken by JBGVS to create 1000 Temples of Learning in schools by installing 1000 E-learning units during 2014-16. The entire School syllabus from 1st to 10th std is taught through audio-visual means using a Laptop & a T.V/Projector. Shri.Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto Ltd. inaugurated this project on 25th February, 2014 at the corporate office of Bajaj Auto Ltd. Akurdi, Pune. 567 e-learning units have been installed during 2014-15. It has increased attendance, improved student & teacher interaction and increased self confidence level amongst students.
Primary education has been the major area of intervention in the villages. JBGVS, intervened in 3 key areas:
a) Improve student–teacher engagement through technological intervention like e-learning systems
b) Non formal education & extracurricular activities
c) Basic infrastructure development in schools.
i) Non formal Education- With the aim of creating interest in education, JBGVS in partnership with Magic Bus has launched a three year non-formal education project involving 1500 children in villages of Khed block of Pune district. JBGVS has a similar ongoing programme of its own implemented through senior students. The project has brought noticeable changes in children & parents in the areas of education, health and gender issues.
ii) Infrastructure Development- Insufficient class rooms and often in poor condition, lack of sanitary units separately for boys & girls, insufficient furniture, non-existent drinking water facilities is the state of rural schools. In 2014-15, with an aim to improve the poor condition of school infrastructure, JBGVS constructed /repaired 143 school rooms & anganwadi rooms, 71 sanitation complexes separately for boys & girls, provided educational equipment to 122 schools anganwadis.
JBGVS community health programme focuses on prevention rather than cure. The entire health programme is divided in 5 parts. They are awareness generation, training, field level delivery, drinking water & sanitation and support to Government schemes.
Mother and Child Care awareness generation programmes are organized on subjects like importance of nutritious food & breast feeding, need for purification of water, harmful effect by use of plastic, HIV / AIDS, Ante Natal & Post Natal Care (ANC & PNC), tackling malnourishment etc. JBGVS supports Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) & National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to fight the issues of infant, child and maternal mortality.
Various types of health related training programmes like adolescent girls training, preparation of nutritious foods, environmental sanitation etc. are organized in project villages.
Primary health care programme is implemented through Public Health Centres (PHCs). To provide doorstep health care in 25 remote tribal villages in Pune, JBGVS operates a mobile clinic equipped with a doctor, a nurse and medicines. In last one year about 7000 patients have been treated. Specialized health check-up camps are organized in rural areas of Aurangabad & Wardha and critical cases are referred to Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital and Vinoba Bhave hospital respectively
CONSTRUCTION OF FAMILY LATRINES
As a tribute to Late Shri Jamnalal Bajaj on his 150th birth anniversary we constructed 1375 family latrines and also made his birth place, Kashi ka bas village in Sikar Distt of Rajasthan, free of open defecation. Over the years, JBGVS has constructed more than 16000 family latrines and ensured that every school in their villages has a separate sanitation complex for boys & girls.
We help farmers to improve their economic status through agriculture, dairy development, support to individual and group entrepreneurs, goatery etc.
i) Dairy development- Kamdhenu cow project was started in 2004-05 in 5 villages has now spread to more than 30 villages and has created a noticeable impact. Under the project, one crossbreed cow is given to a poor family after assessing their capacity to manage. The aim is to improve the economic condition of the poor farmers through dairy. So far 500 crossbreed cows have been given which is multiplying every year. There is a potential for increasing the income of a family by about Rs.72,000 per annum.
ii) Goat rearing projects owned and managed by women- Farmers are taking up supplementary source of income to sustain their family in the villages. Looking at the changing needs, JBGVS is providing a unit of 5 animals consisting of 4 female and one male goat to a BPL/EWS family to start a goatery. The family can sell animal at the time of need. An increase in economic status of the families is encouraging. Over the years JBGVS has distribution 2500 goats to BPL/EWS families.
As a part of social development, JBGVS programmes are designed to develop local leadership in the villages, empower women through SHGs, promote local cultures, rural sports etc. The idea behind these activities is to empower people and particularly youth & women so that they carry forward the development activities once JBGVS withdraws from the villages. Mahila melavas (get-together of women) are organized to increase interaction amongst women and also to raise awareness about social issues like dowry, female foeticide, drinking, domestic violence, pollution, menace of plastic use, environmental degradation etc.
50 Self Help Groups (SHGs) have been formed in Sikar district of Rajasthan. A revolving fund of Rs.1.5 lacs has been created which they use to leverage their own fund while taking bank loan. So far the Groups have given internal loan of Rs. 25 lacs with 100% repayment rate.
SAMAJ SEVA KENDRA
Samaj Seva Kendras (SSK) at Pune & Aurangabad are the urban development centers of JBGVS. SSK, Pune was established in 1975 & Aurangabad in 2013. The main objective of SSK is to provide facilities for self-development of the residents and particularly women & children of Akurdi, Nigdi in Pune and Bajajnagar at Waluj, Aurangabad. The SSKs conduct programmes on education, health care & HIV/AIDS, family welfare programmes, various types of short & long duration training, vocational training like tailoring & beauty parlour, music classes like tabla, harmonium, bharatnatyam, western dance, sports like yoga & karate, social & cultural programmes, activities for Senior Citizens etc.
Street play by senior citizens