Pragati Gramodyog Evam Samaj Kalyan Sansthan is a non-for-profit voluntary organization established with the vision to ensure freedom from fear of freedom for achieving a sustainable freedom for the marginalized community. The PGS was established by a group of young social entrepreneurs in 1986 with the aim to organize interventions for human and social development of the marginalized communities particularly in rural areas.
The organization is registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860, IT 80 G and FCRA. It aims at promoting self-reliant and sustainability among poor sections by ensuring their access to the natural resources and uplifting their social, economic & cultural status. It also aims at empowering community based organization and develops the skills for the growth of micro-enterprice and agribusinesses.
To organize activities for social, cultural and educational uplift of people.
To promote self-reliance and sustainability among poor sections by increasing their access and control over natural and human resources.
To create and promote sustainable livelihood opportunities to increase food security of the marginalized sections.
To identify and develop local leadership in the village and increase management capacity of the community to head long term development plans.
To evolve and empower community based organizations at local level that are accountable and responsible to take initiatives for the uplift of the society, raise voices against injustice and undertake advocacy on issues at all levels.
To develop the skills for the growth of micro-enterprises and agri-business.
Sita Rani, President of the Gram Vikas SHG Tigja told that her son Anand had taken an advance of Rs. 1500 few years back from Ramesh Singh, a stone quarry contractor. After taking the advance Anand started breaking stones on his illegal mining site. He was being paid simply the amount to meet his daily requirements, in the name of kharcha, which was about quarter to the prevailing market wage rate. He worked there for about seven years but total amount of the loan remained unchanged. The contractor never paid the price of stones broken by him in full to him so he could not pay back the bad debts and continued to work under bondage situations.
Anand thought if he continued selling his produce to Ramesh then neither he would be able to pay back the advance nor he would be able live freely. So one day he sold out his produce to another contractor on a higher price. When Ramesh Singh, lender-contractor came to know he became angry and started abusing and beating him along with his driver named Bau...”. Read more