Crowd funding for Acid Victims by NGOs


Having completed treatment, Lalita is now happily married


mid-day exclusive Zakira Shaikh is not the only acid attack victim who feels exploited by the NGO Make Love Not Scars. After mid-day’s report on the matter, yet another victim has come forward with allegations that the NGO used his patient’s picture and story to raise funds without consent. What’s more, neither the patient nor the hospital got a single penny from the money raised by the NGO.

Five years ago, Lalita Benbansi, 25, suffered nearly 80 per cent burns after her 15-year-old cousin threw acid on her after a petty argument. The Asangaon resident’s father supported the entire family on a salary of Rs 3,000, and the family could not afford to pay for treatment. At the time, Dr Ashok Gupta had provided full treatment to her free of charge at Bombay Hospital. This included 65 reconstructive surgeries.


However, Dr Gupta says he was surprised when he came across a crowdfunding campaign by Make Love Not Scars, claiming to raise funds for Lalita’s treatment. Neither he nor Lalita had been informed about this, nor had they received the $1,718 (approximately Rs 1.1 lakh) collected by the NGO.

‘Didn’t get any money’
“Ria Sharma’s NGO, Make Love Not Scars, did not give a single rupee to the hospital that provided quality treatment to the victim free of cost. It is their regular practice to collect money in the name of acid attack victims and not to transfer the full amount to the hospital carrying out the treatment,” said Dr Gupta.

After multiple surgeries, Lalita’s face was reconstructed and she got back on her feet. She is now happily married. She told mid-day, “I was not aware that money was raised in my name. I did not get any money. People should not play with the emotions of victims.”

Investigate the NGO
The matter is currently being investigated by the Byculla police, after Zakira’s family submitted a written complaint to them. Dr Gupta, who is a Padmashri awardee, said he is ready to provide details of Lalita’s case to the cops as well, demanding that the culprits be booked.

In June, Dr Gupta had also written to the charity commissioner in New Delhi, seeking his intervention in the matter. He wrote: “While surfing the Internet, I came across the NGO Make Love Not Scars, claiming to have collected a huge sum of money in US dollars towards the treatment of these patients. I was surprised to read the names of two patients who were treated by me at Bombay Hospital, for whom the NGO had raised $9,000 and $1,500.”

He suggested that there should be strict monitoring of such donations under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Dr Gupta also wrote to Vijaya Rahatkar, chairperson of the state women’s rights commission on the matter.

‘Dr Gupta is credit-hungry’
Ria Sharma, founder of Make Love Not Scars, rubbished the allegations levelled by Dr Ashok Gupta, saying he is hungry for credit. She said, “Dr Gupta had told me that he was looking for financial aid for Lalita. He sent me her details and photographs, which were later used to raise money through crowdfunding. I have email evidence to show Dr Gupta is lying. That money is still with Indiegogo (the crowdfunding platform) and we have not used it for our own purpose.”

Asked why the funds were not transferred to Lalita, Sharma said, “A few things went wrong between me and Dr Gupta; he did not take my phone call, and hence, the money was never transferred.” Sharma added, “Dr Gupta is a credit-hungry person. He is targeting me for no reason.”

Sharma hit back at Dr Gupta, stating that he has withheld funds they raised for another victim, Reshma Qureshi. Qureshi told mid-day, “Dr Gupta is not polite with his patients and he has not released the Rs 2 lakh that was raised for my treatment. I need the funds for an eye operation.”

Not all experiences are bad
Who: Sushmita Murthy, 30, writer
Funds for: Heart surgery
Platform: Ketto
The process of making an account on Ketto was easy. Once I submitted the necessary documents, my campaign was live in two days. I raised Rs 1.04 lakh in five days. Since the patient needed the funds urgently, I shut down the campaign prematurely. The donations that came in rupees got transferred to my account in a couple of weeks. The foreign currency came by cheque and took a lot longer to process. I got a notification every time someone donated, so I could keep tabs on how much money was being raised. In the end, Ketto took a cut of 8-10 per cent as mentioned on the site. – As told to Aastha Atray Banan

Rs 3 lakh
The compensation awarded by the state government for acid attack survivors

Portion of the total donations raised that Ketto had withheld from Shabbo Shaikh

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Kamal Haasan lauds NGO for exposing Chennai Corporation’s Scam

Unearthing a scam to the tune of crores of rupees by the Chennai Corporation, NGO Arappor Iyakkam has exposed corruption in the laying of roads along bus routes in Chennai.

In a first in a series of promised “exposés”, the anti-corruption group has alleged a scam in the laying of ‘Devanathan Street’ in Mandaveli.

The Chennai Corporation had allocated Rs 345 crore for the re-laying of roads along the bus routes most frequented in 2015.

The RTI states Santhanam was issued the contract to relay Devanathan street.

The task of re-laying Devanathan Street was given to a contractor named J Santhanam and RTIs show it was completed on 30 May 2016 at the cost of Rs 36,97,776.

In a month’s time, the road was closed to the public and ‘patch work’ costing Rs 2,00,092 was carried out. The contract for this ‘patch work’ had been given to another company, MPK Enterprises. The height of the road had been increased and the RTI clearly states that no quality check was done before the added work was done on the road.

But that wasn’t all.

In December, another bill was raised for Rs 26,50,104 by J Santhanam, the original contractor for the road, citing ‘Metrowater road cut repair’.

That is, a bill which was 70% of the cost of the original road was raised in just over 6 months.

How bad should the quality of the road be that it is being repaired thrice in 6 months?

Arappor Iyakkam, however, alleges no road was even laid in December.

When The Quint cross-checked with Corporation records, it confirmed the NGO’s claims that work was done for ‘restoration of road cut made by Chennai Metro Water.’

According to the Bus Routes Roads Department, roads are to be re-laid every 3 years. So how does that explain Rs 65 lakh spent in 6 months? A first re-laying usually costs around Rs 25 lakh. What does it say about the quality of the road repair if only six months later, Rs 65 lakh must be spent again?

And after all that expenditure, is Devanathan Street a model road? The answer is no. Times of India did a spot check on this key bus route road and found that a bus stop had been left dug up for more than a month, making it unsafe for both motorists and pedestrians.

All the lakhs spent on relaying hasn’t translated to fantastic results.

Arappor lyakkam is planning to file a formal complaint with the Ombudsman of Local bodies immediately and follow-up the case legally until the corrupt are brought to book.

Actor Kamal Haasan, who has been fearless in calling out the state government’s corrupt practices, tweeted lauding the NGO for their exposé .

The Quint reached out to the Corporation Commissioner and SP Velumani, Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development and Implementation of Special Programme, but they were unavailable for comment.

Also Read: Illegal Roads Are Choking Chennai’s Coastline

Corrupt Contractors Continue Damage

In February 2014, the Corporation conducted a series of tests on the quality of 1,300-odd roads, and one third of them failed. The then architect of the quality control initiative, Joint Commissioner Vijay Pingale, was held responsible for employing corrupt contractors.

From March 2015, the Chennai Corporation has listed the names of all the road contractors along with details of the roads, nature of repair, commencement and completion dates of the projects.

The Corporation has now listed the names of contractors along with their various projects.
The Corporation has now listed the names of contractors along with their various projects.
(Photo Courtesy: Chennai Corporation)

But these individual contractors almost never figure in any debate about the state of Chennai’s roads. They are never named or rated.

They have never been held up for potholed roads, except for once when the Corporation drew up a list of blacklisted contractors.

Will Better Roads Remain a Mirage?

It has become a standing joke in Chennai for students to tune into the news everyday during November and December and expect a holiday. Not always because of the rains, but the bad roads!

The images of the entire city submerged in water during the disastrous 2015 floods gives nightmares to residents even today. Because the problem is still unresolved. The floods, then followed by Vardah cyclone in 2016, exposed the archaic British laid sewage and stormwater drain system and poor urban planning.

Even the shortest spell of rains renders roads ridden with potholes, that a smooth ride during monsoon has become a rarity.

Also Read: Chennai Rains: Boats on Roads, Buses Under Water, It’s That Bad

Did the Droughts Help Reduce Damage?

The monsoon of 2017 was a much awaited one after a long summer of drought. The city’s four reservoirs had dried out completely and the monsoon helped fill up only one thirds. But when it came to the roads, they just got more battered and water-logged because after all they have been laid without abiding by the specified norms and so are bound to give in to pressure.

According to initial estimates by the Chennai Corporation, at least 15% of the 471 bus route roads were damaged.

Unfinished metro work has added to the difficulties. And sinkholes are so frequent as to no longer be news. Prominent roads like Anna Salai are caving in and there is very little that is being done to prevent such an incident.

State Just Doesn’t Get ‘Prevention Is Better Than Cure’

According to Deccan Chronicle, after this year’s monsoon, the restoration work was taken up in 32 roads by Public Works Department (PWD) and Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board. The inability of the departments to pay Rs 34 crore delayed the re-laying work. Corporation officials also claim that 80 percent of the roads that are now listed as ‘severely battered’ and ‘unusable’ have been delayed for the last five years because of non-payment.

But the solution is not re-laying. The roads needs to be desilted six months before the onset of the monsoon. Once the roads have been scraped of the layers of silt deposited, water is more able to percolate and flow to the sides. But this needs to be done well in advance of the rains, and constant maintenance must be performed throughout the monsoon season.

Re-laying roads is only a quick and temporary measure.

When will Chennai learn to be prepared, rather than sorry?

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NGO – Advantage India booked by CBI

The NGO, Advantage India, received Rs 90.72 crore from European missile manufacturer, MBDA, and aviation major Airbus.

The CBI says NGO, Advantage India,  its former vice president and four others misused CSR funds  received from European missile manufacturer, MBDA, and aviation major Airbus.


The CBI has filed an FIR against a non-government organisation, its former vice-president and corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar and four others for alleged misuse of CSR funds received from a leading European missile manufacturer, MBDA, and aviation major Airbus.

The investigation agency on Friday conducted searches at several locations in Delhi, including offices and residences associated with the NGO, Advantage India, and the accused, over alleged misuse of the corporate social responsibility funds amounting to Rs 90.72 crore.

They violated norms under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), said CBI spokesman Abhishek Dayal.

All NGOs are required to be registered under the FCRA with the home ministry to receive foreign funding.

CBI officials said it is matter of investigation as to why the NGO was donated huge funds by defence and aviation firms.

Talwar told HT that he has nothing to do with the NGO any more: “I am no longer associated with it.”

Home ministry sources said Advantage India was first registered under the Societies Registration Act in 1999 with R Chand as president and Deepak Talwar as vice president.

It got FCRA registration in 2003.

The income tax department had conducted searches at the NGO’s premises in June 2016 and submitted a report to the home ministry last April.

The HT accessed the report.

The investigators found the NGO had shown purchases of mobile medical units (MMUs) from Accordis Healthcare Private Limited. They suspected that the Accordis showed bogus expenses and over-priced the MMUs, allegedly bought with the CSR funds.

The CBI also named Accordis and its then managing director Raman Kapoor and representative Sunil Khandelwal as accused in the FIR.

It was also found that non-existent addresses were written on the invoices, bank statements and vouchers of Accordis.

The report further revealed the NGO provided over draft facility to the tune of Rs 6.30 crore against its fixed deposits to Wave Impex Private Limited, a company allegedly controlled by Talwar.

The MBDA and Airbus did not offer any comment.

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NGO writes to Trump on concern against Elephants Poaching

Wildlife SOS, an NGO based in India, has petitioned US Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke against President Donald Trump’s proposed move of lifting a 2014 ban on import of elephants trophies from two African nations.


On Thursday, the Trump administration had reversed an Obama-era ban to issue permits for elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe, which environmental groups said would lead to more poaching.

However, after facing criticism from animal rights activists, Trump had yesterday put on hold the decision to import elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe into the US to “review all conservation facts”.

Co-founder of Wildlife SOS Kartick Satyanarayan said, “The argument has no scientific justification. As an organisation based in India where the government permits no such trophy, we can attest there are many other scientific ways to help wild populations without the need to hunt them.”

There is a need to not remove the existing protection measures that are in place for them, he said in a statement.

Nikki Sharp of the NGO, stationed in the US, said, “The announcement came as a shock to all of us. It’s an insult to everyone working to protect and conserve elephants, in particular in light of this supposed reasoning behind the decision — that hunting of these animals will enhance the survival of the species in the wild.”

“It is a massive step backward that will have direct and lethal effects on elephants,” Sharp said.

The number of elephants in the wild plummeted 30 percent overall between 2007 and 2014, despite large scale conservation efforts. In some places it has dropped more than 75 percent due to ivory poaching.

In 2016, there were just over 3,50,000 elephants still alive in the wild, down from millions in the early 20th century.

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Act against female genital mutilation, NGO urges Modi

Gandhi had assured us, that there would be a law for abolishing such practises and the government would bring in a new law to ban ‘khatna’.

(Representational image)


We Speak Out – An non-governmental organisation (NGO) of Bohra women’s group working to end female genital mutilation (FGM, also known as ‘khatna’), launched a new campaign urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take action against FGM in India on Sunday. With the help of social media, the group is spreading awareness to end FGM. Politicians made promises to change these months ago, but action has been stalled, said one of the members of We Speak Out, the NGO.

The letter was tweeted to the PM on Sunday, on the juncture of World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse. Survivors of FGM associated with the NGO, which is practised by the many communities, have written an open letter urging him to declare FGM illegal in India.

Talking to The Asian Age, assembler Masooma Ranalvi (50), for We Speak Out said, “We have written on this matter to the Union minister of women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, six months ago but there has been no response from her side. Gandhi had assured us, that there would be a law for abolishing such practises and the government would bring in a new law to ban ‘khatna’. But an anything has moved from her desk till now so we have taken help of social media to spread a word across and make a strict law for this,” added Ms Ranalvi.

The letter written by We Speak Out, contained a plea to the Government of India to issue the advisories as promised, declaring FGM as an offence under the Indian Penal Code and The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The letter also said that, “FGM is a form of sexual violence that has deep emotional, sexual and physical consequences, with many of these consequences continuing throughout an adult woman’s life. It is time to end this harmful practice that causes pain and suffering to women and girls. We urge you to issue a statement to all concerned, especially the leaders of the community who protect and promote this tradition.”


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Civil Society Activist – Harminder Singh


Harminder Singh is a Civil society activist, active in Chandigarh but working for Punjab as well as Haryana states. 30 years old Harminder took to RTI Activism 3 years back and has to his credit a full blown Civil Rights movement in the regional Capital Hub – Chandigarh. He is also the founder president of SARGHI Welfare Society


Participated in the Talk Show  “Baat Karne Se Hi Baat Banti Hai” on RTI Act, 2005  with JYOTIRGAMAYA 91.2 MHz (Panjab University Community Radio).


  • Short Film on Consumer Rights –
  • Documentary on Punjabi Language –
  • Short Film on Demonitization –



  • Attended 3 days training of trainers program for district resource persons at Mahatma Gandhi State institute of public Administration, Punjab Chandigarh on improving transparency and accountability in government through effective implementation of RTI Act, 2005.
  • Attended 2 days training of trainers program for district resource persons at Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab Chandigarh on improving transparency and accountability in government through effective implementation of RTI Act, 2005.



  • Delivered Lecture on the topic “Consumer Rights” during Nehru Yuva Kendra’s Training at RGNIYD & Block Awareness Camp at Dhanas, Chandigarh.
  • Made people aware about their consumer rights and assist them in drafting and filling their cases in consumer forum & Filed  more than 10 cases in Consumer Forum Chandigarh.
  • Drawn Attention of the administrator Chandigarh regarding overcharging by shopkeepers in public places-effects, Chandigarh Administration displayed the helpline numbers for consumers at Bus Terminus, Sector-43.
  • Drawn attention of the Mayor, Chandigarh regarding over Charges taken by parking contractors.
  • Drawn attention of the Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU, New Delhi towards over returned overcharged money to the student with a letter of apology.
  • Drawn attention of consumer forum regarding the unfair trade practices by the shopkeepers and the MNC’s.



  • Drawn attention of the haryana human rights commission towards the plight condition of mentally retarded beggars in yamuna nagar, haryana.
  • Drawn attention of ccpr towards the child begging in chandigarh.
  • National Election study 2004 conducted by CSDS, New Delhi.
  • State of the Nation survey august, 2006, conducted by CSDS, New Delhi.
  • State of the Nation Survey august, 2007, conducted by CSDS, New Delhi.



  • Article published in periodical Nzaria Oct-Dec, 2008 issue title “Parshashan de dursahas da dukhant”.
  • Article on consumer rights in district carrier magazsine (In Press).


Motivated from Bhagat Pooran Singh, Social Reformer & Dr. Ravinder Singh, Lecturer, Govt.  School, Jalandhar.


  • To Aware People about Consumer Rights.
  • To Aware People about Right to Information Act.
  • To Aware People about various Government Policies for betterment of the Society.



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A C.S.R milestone by Infosys Foundation

First air-conditioned saray ready in pgi, chandigarh



The Infosys foundation in collaboration with the Chandigarh Red Cross has created a Milestone by funding a 300 bed Air Conditioned Shelter Home for Care Givers of the patients coming for treatment from neighbouring state’s to PGIMER at Chandigarh.

The Shelter home is equipped with latest amenities like family rooms, dining hall, drinking water, lifts, etc; which will be available at a nominal charge. The shelter home is Air Conditioned. Completed in almost a year, it is a brainchild of Ajit Balaji Joshi, the Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh and is the culmination of his meeting with Sudha Narayan Murthy, who visited the town last year. The home is awaiting inauguration soon.

Who says the hands of the civil servants are tide by the system! There is always a way, if there is a will!!



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NGO, railways tie up for free transfusion centres


With efforts of The Wishing Factory (TWF), a city-based NGO, working for thalassemia and leukaemia patients, a free blood transfusion centre was set up in February this year at Bhailal Amin Hospital in the city. The organization will now set up a similar centre either in Bengaluru or Pune with the help of Indian Railways (IR).

TWF had approached the Indian Railways with the proposal for the centre a month ago and the railways official immediately agreed to the idea. “I had put the proposal before top officials of the railways and they immediately gave a positive response,” said Parth Thakur, founder of TWF, who is also a thalassemia major.

He added that TWF signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Indian Railways. Under the agreement IR will give Rs13 lakh to the NGO as a part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR). “We will get two instalments of Rs 6.5 lakh from the railways and the work for the centre will begin in December,” said Thakur, who studies at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai. The centre will come up at a hospital and will cater to at least 70 thalassemia patients per month.

 “The patients, just like in Vadodara, will have to register with the centre and they will get free facility of blood transfusion there,” Thakur told TOI.

While the centre will be funded by Indian Railways, its recurring cost will be covered by contributions from the managing trustee of TWF and donations from individuals. TWF had first set up a similar centre in city in February this year with the help of Alembic’s CSR foundation. The centre at Bhailal Amin currently helps 150 patients from Vadodara and neighbouring districts.

After the first centre, a small-scale blood transfusion centre was made by TWF in Araria district of Bihar. “The patients there had to go to Nepal for blood transfusion, but thanks to an individual from Mumbai, who gave us Rs 10 lakh, and through crowd funding we could make a centre in Bihar,” he said.

Thakur also said that they will be approaching other corporate houses to set up similar centres across the country.

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Ngo Profile – Jan Nirman Kendra

Jan Nirman Kendra is a not for profit organization started by group of young social enthusiast in Year 2000. It was novel beginning with initial investment of shared vision and intense passion to achieve common mission. The mission was to build a humane society which makes our planet a better place to live. This mission led us to name our organization – „Jan Nirman Kendra‟. Jan Nirman Kendra took the shape of legal entity in year 2010 after getting registered under Societies Registration Act – XXI of 1860. The organization has focused on three key priority areas – Livelihood, Health and Education for underprivileged social & economically backward communities. We believe that our tangible contributions on these three priorities will aid in realizing our mission.




“To build a humane society and make our planet a better place to live”


V I S I O N   S T A T E M E N T


To improve quality of life for underprivileged people in our area of operation by providing  them better livelihood opportunities and improved health care, education and other  facilities with the support and collaboration of likeminded agencies.


  1. Trust 5. Transparency & Accountability
  2. Respect for All 6. Warmth in our approach
  3. Empathy 7. Collaboration and Team work
  4. Responsibility to the next generation


Our Work Culture & Approach

Our Work Culture – Be collaborative, Be accountable, Be innovative

Jan Nirman Kendra gives impetus to collaborative work approach which ensures program sustainability in long term. Our approach


Understanding Project Area through Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) process  Diagnostic study for identifying key issues of the area where the program is to be implemented Determining the alternative course of actions to be taken to tackle those Issues

Selecting the best course of action Formulating detail action plan Implementation of action plan in a way that it ensures the benefits of program to reach target beneficiaries

Continuous program enrichment through regular reviews, monitoring, evaluation, feed forward and feedback processes.

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Geographical Area of Operation & Target Beneficiaries

Area of Operation

Our NGO is working various developments and research works in the Bihar States. At present  Society working in the villages of Different Blocks of East Champaran, Muzaffarpur and Buxar district in Bihar state. The area of operation of the organization is all over India.

Target Beneficiaries

  • Dalit, Marginalized and under privileged communities.
  • Deprived & Disadvantaged children
  • Small and Marginal Farmers
  • Migrant Laborers
  • Women and adolescents
  • Youth


On livelihood front, we have given impetus on agriculture based

livelihood and have worked extensively in

naxal affected regions. Some of the interventions

like Improved Agricultural Practices & Revival of Agriculture based

livelihoods in Nepal bordering districts of

Eastern Uttar Pradesh and North Bihar  are

implemented with the support from ITC & Tata

Trust respectively.



Our intervention on

Health front is focused

on preventive health

care where our

approach is to organize

awareness drive to

inculcate the better

hygiene practices. We

partner with concern

private and

government agencies

in ensuring better health

care services in the



On Education front, we

endeavor to bridge the

gap of digital literacy in

the rural area by

imparting digital training

to rural youth under



Technology project. We

ensure that our focus on

education should help

us achieve our mission

i.e. to build a humane




  • To encourage farmers especially small and marginal farmers to adopt modern agricultural

practices to improve their family income.

  • To provide a platform to get latest know how on modern agricultural practices and build their

capacity to enhance their crop productivity & return on investment.

  • To build capabilities on non-farm based livelihood opportunities through skill development

program like stitching, embroidery, appliqué, electronics, computer etc work mainly among the

rural folks.

  • To provide market linkages for farm and non -farm based livelihood opportunities.
  • To form self help groups of men, women, farmers and artisans and arrange credit facility for

them in the form of loan, grant or revolving fund.

  • To raise the level of the education in rural areas by running Non-Formal Education and Adult

Education Centers.

  • To work for the eradication of digital illiteracy and provide quality education to all.
  • To provide value education to children, adolescents and adults which helps in creating a

society that thrives on values of mutual respect, warmth, empathy and trust


  • To prevent, detect, address and resolve health problems and implement cost effective and

efficient health care delivery system.

  • To establish centers for immunization, first aid and common health check-up.
  • To work with people with disabilities, old and dependable persons and provide them a dignity of


  • To find out and promote talented youths involved in cultural activities in development


  • To do relief work during flood, fire, epidemic, drought etc.
  • To create awareness about the importance of environment and its preservation for good health.
  • To develop infrastructure facilities like water logged drainage, sanitation, road and safe drinking

water and low cost house in the village.

  • To conduct sound and feasible welfare and development programs at remote, far-flung


  • To encourage and create awareness among local people preserving their cultural and traditional


  • To undertake any other initiatives /program/ project which help us creating better tomorrows for

all in our Society.

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Agriculture Based Livelihood:-

Our Focus area in Agriculture Based Livelihood Project:-

  • Sowing by zero tillage
  • Low cost of production, high yield
  • Soil health improvement
  • Soil and moisture conservation

Our Project Implementation Approach:-

  • Formation of Farmers Group
  • Regular meetings with stakeholders to understand core issues impacting livilihood
  • Organize exposure visits to equip farmers with knowhow of technologies and new methods of


  • Product and activity training to build farmers capability w.r.t technical knowhow.
  • Farmer field school‟s demonstration to bring awareness about innovative methodologies.
  • Field monitoring paves the way to plan the delivery of services and brings transparency in project




A group of 285 farmers formed and all of them were trained by Rajendra Agriculture University with the financial

support of ATMA East Champaran . Kits were distributed to carry out the production by scientific method. They were

encouraged by organizing frequently Kisan Goshthi, Workshop, Training and Exposure visits. For marketing of

mushroom , organizational shop were opened at the marked place in different locations in Muzaffarpur , which

benefited the grower substantially . Different products of mushroom viz. bhujiya, powder, Pickles, dry mushroom are

prepared by the trained women mushroom grower which are sold at the marked shops, Government and Non

Government Organizations/Institution Kisan fair/ exhibition by installing a stall. All 285 selected farmers undertook

mushroom production by laying 50 beds. Each mushroom grower incurred the cost of approximately Rs 2000/- and

within a month it gave them back Rs. 10000/-. This initiative not only benefited them financially, but also it was a good

source of nutrients which ultimately positively impacted their family health.


Agriculture Package Development

With the support of organization and agriculture scientists, year wise production

of Kharif, Rabi and Zayad crops in accordance with the crop wise production,

technology based agriculture package were developed, which are being

successfully adopted by farmers resulting in enhanced productivity and

improved quality.


In accordance with the geographical circumstances the planning of year wise

crop production cum field management on agriculture or its uses were

prepared. Two days orientation cum training were imparted to 316 Members of

20 Kisan club resulting in self management of agriculture activities.

Also, 58 Krishi Mitra were imparted three days residential training on Package of

Practice (PoP) as a whole by developing their understanding on its structure &

technical aspects..


Agriculture Package Development

An exposure visit to RAU, Pusa was organized for 316 farmers to learn cultivation

by scientific method where they got exposure of different method of crop

cultivation. They learned the method of vegetable cultivation by „Machan Vidhi‟

resulting better production in vegetables.

FFS/Demo Plot Kharif/Paddy: Nursery has been developed for cultivation of

paddy in 100 acre by DSR technology and in 100 also by PTM with 100 selected

farmers of farmed FFS. They are cultivating the Paddy by above technology for

the very first time. Farmers are being guided by the agriculture scientist of CSISA,

CIMMYT. All the necessary work is being carried completely in view of applied

POP of this technology. Farmers were guided for the proper and necessary facts

about the paddy crop management. Pre and post problems of crop from all

angles were taken into consideration to act timely and in proper manner.


Vermicompost unit: A total of 198 units of vermi-compost unit, at

Samastipur block were constructed which will empower farmers to use

organic compost and the soil will remain fertile. A base indicator for

getting the better result, used to be fixed for every activities. Farming

activities requires special attention to make working process easier.

Vermi compost farmers from the FFS, who keep interest and tame cattle

were relented unanimously, who were capable to use the

vermicompost not only in his field only but can sale/manage the

vermicompost at commercial level. It has been decided by each CHC

that purchase will be made from the farmers @ Rs. 4/-Per Kg. The

packaging will incur Rs. 2/- per packet of 1 Kg. It will pay Re. 1/-per kg

as incentive for farmer and Re 1/- will be levied by CHC as its earning

by this way the total cost for sale of 1 Kg of vermicompost will be fixed

Rs. 8/-. Taking this economics in to consideration the packet of 5 Kg will

cost Rs. 40/-. So far 80 Quintals of vermicompost has been sold to the

member farmers on priority basis. The produced Vermicompost has

been given the brand “Khet Heet Jaivik Khad”.


Agriculture Package Development

Custom Hiring Centre (CHC) – Construction of 10 new units was initiated as per

the demand and requirement of the farmers of the respective area after survey

followed by evaluation, on the basis of annual membership, the members of

CHC were selected by lead farmers. It was decided to develop the CHC on the

basis of working pattern and in adherence by-laws.

Hariyaari Initiative

Farmers are encouraged to undertake plantation and accordingly in last

Financial year following  number of plantation were done:-

Custom Hiring Centre

Plantation by Farmers

Type of Plants No. of Plants No. of Farmers

Bamboo 2736 288

Subabool 4664 489

Lemon 400 400

Guava 500 500

Amla 400 400



Community Participation

Farmer’s forum and Chaupal: In a traditional village setting, an evening Chaupal

with 100 farmers on the theme ‘Kisan Kare Sawal VaigyanikDe Jawab‘ were

organized. In this Chaupal, scientist interacted with farmers to discuss various

contemporary agricultural issues. Farmers are advised to take necessary steps to

for protecting their crops. They were also suggested about how to protect their

standing crop from adverse and changing climatic conditions. In this Chaupal,

farmers came to know about many things like root development of plants,

application of fertilizers, control of weeds, remedy of plant diseases, seed

experimentation, necessity of irrigation, insects control etc. Scientist encouraged

farmers to carry their agricultural practices using scientific methods/farming

technologies like, before sowing, they should prepare package of practice for

the particular crop. To increase the carbon content of soil, farmers were

encouraged to undertake Moong/pulse crop farming.

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