Plan Formulation and Trainings
- Progressive Youth Forum serves as a Technical Support Institute (TSI) for the formulation of Integrated District Plans, MGNREGA Plans, Village Development Plans etc.
- Progressive Youth Forum is also providing trainings to members of PRIs, Self Help Groups, Mehla Mandals, Youth Clubs and functionaries running the MGNREGA programme.
Employment and income generation programmes
Self Help Groups
To encourage savings of rural women who were economically backward & unaware of their Socio-Economic conditions, organization had formed Self Help Groups. The following strategies were followed for formation of Self Help Groups.
Micro-Entrepreneurship Development Programme (MEDP)
Under this programme training is provided to matured members of SHGs in school dress making, Phulkari & Embroidery, Cutting & Tailoring (Fashion Designers for women’s), Food Preservation, (Sprouted Dalia, Noodles, “Pappar and Barian” Making) and Knitwear (Swetar and Koties).
Livelihood and Enterprise Development Program (LEDP)
Under this programme, we provided training to matured members of SHGs in Phulkari & Embroidery and Cutting & Tailoring (Fashion Designers for women’s). We trained 100 SHGs members from 22 SHGs of villages Dirba, Kamalpur, Dyalgarh, Ghanour Rajputtan and Ghanour Jattan of block Dirba (Sangrur).
Skill Development Initiatives
Under this programme, training is provided to unemployed youth in different trades like bee-keeping, organic farming etc. Help is also provided for market tie up for the sale of their produce.
Off-Farm Producer Organisation (OFPOs)
Under this programme, we have set-up Cluster for Phulkari Handicrafts under Off-Farm Producer Organisation Programme (OFPOs), which we have established Common Facility Center (CFC) in block Dirba of district Sangrur. The objective of the Cluster promotes Phulkari Handicrafts and making significant contribution to the said programme, the we have proposed Cluster with 300 beneficiaries. The aim of the cluster is to ensure better income for the members through skill up gradation, procurement & supply of raw materials (Yarn, Needles, Sua etc) and aggregation & marketing of products. Under this proposed cluster many villages will be covered in Dirba block of Sangrur district.
E-Shakti (Digitisation of Self Help Groups)
E-Shakti (Digitisation of Self Help Groups) in district Patiala, Sangrur, Firozpur and Sri Muktsar Sahib in association with NABARD, Digitisation of all the SHG accounts to bring SHG members under the fold of Financial Inclusion thereby helping them access wider of financial services together. Accounts to bring SHG members under the fold of Financial Inclusion thereby helping them access wider range of financial services together with increasing the bankers’ comfort in credit appraisal and linkage. The project main aims as under: –
- Integrating SHG members with the national Financial Inclusion agenda.
- Improving the quality of interface between SHG members and Banks for efficient and hassle-free delivery of banking services by using the available technology.
- Facilitate convergence of delivery system with SHGs using Aadhaar linked identity.
Village Level Programs under E-Shakti Program
Progressive Youth Forum Organized 14 Village Level Programs under E-Shakti Project. The main aims of “Village Level Programs” to motivate and energize the Self-Help Group Members and village community including to propagation of between bankers, SHPIs including NGOs and SRLMs and SHG members resulting in better understanding and appreciation of mutual requirements, which will result in improved credit linkage, repayment issue, improved recovery, micro insurance, micro pension, livelihood, distribution of cheque books of SHGs, bank related quarries of SHGs members where resolved and social security issues were discussed incusing PMJDY, PMJJBY, PMSBY, APY and etc.
Natural Resources Management Programmes
Construction and renovation of community ponds through low cost and traditional technologies.
The organisation takes up projects on plantation of medicinal trees, fruit trees, flowering trees, and shade providing trees in villages.
Health Related Issues
Safe Drinking water
Formation of Gram Panchayat & Water and Sanitation Committee, Capacity building of beneficiaries, Maintenance and management of water works/units.
Promoting and monitoring construction of sewerage tanks through low cost technology for improvement in sanitary conditions.
Installation of Water Recycling Unit
Installation of Water Recycling Unit under Water Conservation & Management Programme: Inspire rural community to stop open disposal water & use Water recycling units, Improvement of environment, and Popularization of the low-cost techniques.
Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Programme
- Progressive Farmers Field School under ATMA.
- Organic Farming.
- National Environment Awareness Campaign.
- Organic Manure from Paddy Stubble, Dung and Vegetable waste etc.
Studies (Impact assessment study)
- Impact assessment study on ““Foot & Mouth Disease Vaccination” The investigator visited in five villages, district Shri Muktsar Sahib and 5 civil veterinary hospitals for Monitoring of Foot & Mouth Disease Vaccination.
- “Socio Economic BPL study” in Village Ramgah of district Fatehgarh Sahib.
- Impact assessment study on “Socio – Economic Benefit” of Water Recycling Unit under Water Conservation & Management Programme (RIPF) (Inspire rural community to stop open disposal water & use Water recycling units, Improvement of environment, and Popularization of the low-cost techniques.) in block Samana and Patran of Patiala district.
Progressive Youth Forum serves as a Technical Support Institute (TSI) for the formulation of Integrated District Plans, MGNREGA Plans, Village Development Plans etc.
District Perspective Plan
Under MG-NREGs we had prepared Five Years District Perspective Plan of district Patiala, Fatehgarh, SBS Nagar and Jalandhar of Punjab State and Panipat and Mahendragarh District of Haryana State. During the preparation of perspective plan, we have conducted detailed survey through PRA of all approximately 4000 the villages of these six districts.
We had prepared Development Plan through PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal) in 57 villages of block Lambi, District Shri Muktsar Sahib under “Project of Development of Micro Infrastructure in villages in Punjab” in the PRA we concentrated on three types of activities (Micro Infrastructure, Skill Development and Livelihood) in association with NABARD Chandigarh.
Village Development Plan
We had prepared Development Plan through PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal) in village Kakrala Bhaika of block Samana, District Patiala under NABARD Village adoption Programme in the programme we conducted PRA and Baseline Survey of whole village and prepared a survey report. The goal of adoption of village is to make this village a Model Village. This Model village will send message to other villages of the state and enable the rural people to do work for their development & to other NGO’s those are working for the rural people, it will give new direction to them for development of the villages.
Promotion of Education
To promote a sense of competition amongst students, especially rural students, PYF has instituted an award namely “S. Nand Singh Sekhon memorial trophy.” The award includes a cash amount along with a trophy. A trophy along with Rs. 5000/- is awarded to the student standing 1st in Govt. Middle School Bhootgarh (Patiala) in class VIII examination. The said award for the year 2018-19 was awarded to Miss Parveen Kaur D/o Sh. Gopi Gir. A trophy and cash award of Rs. 3000/- is given to the student standing 2nd in Govt. Middle School Bhootgarh (Patiala) in class VIII examination.The said award for the year 2018-19 was awarded to Mr. Santu Singh S/o Sh. Nirmal Singh and an award of Rs. 2000/- along with a trophy is given to the student standing 3rd in Govt. Middle School Bhootgarh (Patiala) in class VIII examination. The said award for the year 2018-19 was awarded to Mr. Lovepreet Singh S/o Sh. Makhon Singh.
Our organization has made many womens socially and financially awakened. As a result, significant improvement took place in their capabilities. Many of them are now keen to start new ventures which can enhance their income and uplift their families. To help such SHGs to realize their dreams, the progressive Youth Forum, in association with NABARD, launched a Kirat Rural Mart at Sunam, district Sangrur they sale their product range includes detergent powder, organic phenyl, dishwasher, pickles, chutney, sauses, murabba, spices, traditional food items and food snacks etc.
Integrated Water Development Scheme
During this year Progressive Youth Forum Lanched Integrated Water Development Scheme in five villages of district Firozpur in association with NABARD. The scheme aims to balance the conservation, regeneration and use by humans of land and water resources of five villages in district Firozpur. Common benefits from successful IWMP include improved agricultural yields and increased access to drinking water. The overall attributes of the watershed development approach, by and large, are three fold, viz. promoting economic development of the rural area, employment generation, and restoring ecological balance. However, the multiple objectives include:
Environmental:- For protecting vegetative cover throughout the year, to create ecological balance in the IWMP area, protecting fertile top soil, utilizing the land based on its capabilities, in situ conservation of rain water, increasing ground water recharge.
Economic:- It draws attention for increase in cropping intensity through inter and sequence cropping, maximizing farm income through agricultural related activities such as dairy, poultry, sheep and goat farming, improved and sustained livelihood status of the community with special emphasis on the poor and women.
Institutional:- It includes formation of village waters committees and self-help- groups, establishing sustainable community organization.
Social:- It includes alleviation of poverty, awareness generation, improving skills of the local community, capacity building activities, women participation in decision-making process, empowerment of the community, etc.
Equity:- To develop equitable distribution of the benefits of land and water resources development and the consequent biomass production, involvement of village communities in participatory planning, implementation, social and environmental arrangement, maintenance of assets and to operate in a more socially inclusive manner.
Promotion of Farmers Producers Organizations.
PYF launched a promotion of Two Farmers producers Organizations in district Sangrur (Punjab) in association with NABARD. Small and marginal farmers in Punjab are plagued with issues such as continued fragmentation of land and dwindling income. Considering their plight, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has decided to promote farmer producer organisations (FPOs) in the state in a big way. The concept behind FPOs is farmers can form groups and register themselves under the Indian Companies Act. Since small farmers often find it difficult to access markets on their own, aggregating farmers into the FPOs will help enable them improved market access and better bargaining capacity. Due to the rising cost of cultivation, lack of assured market, modern technologies and quality inputs, the small and marginal landholders are not able to realise optimal productivity as also price for their produce. Through the FPOs, the famers can have access to benefits such as quality agri-inputs and extension services. Besides economy of scale in their operations, this has resulted in increased bargaining power for them.