Bharat Nirmaan Voluntary Training (BNVs) – Agents of Rural Awakening
The concept of BNVs was developed by Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India to train individuals who come voluntarily from a rural household, to create awareness about all welfare and development programmes among rural households for better planning and quality implementation of programmes with transparency and accountability. They are “the last mile human connectivity between programmes and the unreached.
Ekalavya Foundation has actively utilized this framework to train 370 villager volunteers ( 302 men and 68 women) from 50 villages. These volunteers have become backbone of all our activities, ensuring people’s participation in all the activities organized by the foundation. APARD, Hyderabad has conducted training to BNVs.
These volunteers, after receiving the BNV training have formed ‘village development committees’ in their respective villages. Village development committee in turn has appointed 4 sub-committees :
- Administrative committee : This committee takes care of village issues like works done under Employment Guarantee scheme, pensions, school , borewell /wells maintenance etc. A specials training on NREGA was organized to village development committees by experts in the field on how to make use of the scheme. This training has given new direction to works undertaken under NREGA and benefitted the community.
- Health Committee : Looks after issues like getting certificates issued to handicapped persons, extend support to eye care camps, accompanying patients to hospitals, distribution of homeopathic medicines to every household etc.
- Education Committee : Monitors school functioning, enforces Badi Baata program of the government, encourage children to return to school promptly after festival holidays etc.
- Agricultural committee : Organizes meeting of farmers to discuss various modern practices of agriculture, functioning of farmers clubs, savings groups and helps framers to practice sustainable agricultural and helps to ensure agriculture as a profitable activity.