Community Grain Banks (Anaj Bank) - “Na koi Bhooka Soyega, Na Bachcha Bhooka Royega”
The rising issues of food insecurity and the devastating effects of lean season and natural calamities on the communities led to the establishment of Community Grain banks as a step towards empowerment of the bonded labourers to achieve sustainable freedom via food self-reliance. It is a step to curb the situations of laborers where under the incapacitated circumstances of starvation they are forced to take loan from the contractors to purchase grains for their consumption which later leads to inevitable debt-bondedness.
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In 2016 many parts of the project intervention area was affected by the monsoon floods, the condition was such that the village was cut off not only with the rest of the state but also from the neighboring villages. It was a situation of acute starvation as there were no grains left in the houses. They managed their living by roasting Madhucaindica (Indian name: Mahua) and wheat for 15 days. PGS took an initiative and a meeting was held in the area with the people to come out of such grave situation of scarcity of food. Therefore, with the collective strength of the group, a concept of Food Grain Bank was proposed and thus Food grain bank was established for flood affected regions in and around NaiBasti under which 5kg of rice was distributed to the affected families. SDM also donated 50kg of rice to the Food Grain bank along with the donation of Rs. 2000 to address to the needs of the people.
PGS took an initiative and after a meeting, with collective strength of the group, a concept of Community Food Grain Bank was proposed which later led to its establishment flood affected regions. Remarkably, the members of communities came up with the initiative of launching Anaj Bank (Food Grain Bank)
As per the rules, a person must deposit 1 kg of Rice to become a member of Community Grain Bank. Thereafter, they can borrow upto 5 kg of rice and return back the borrowed rice to the Grain Bank within 15 days.
List of Operational Anaj Banks:
|S. No.||Name of Village/Basti||Gram Panchayat||Blocks||Name of SHGs||Number of families||Organising Committee|
|1||Naibasti||Devghat||Koraon||Jai Bhole, Vanshakti||36||Durghata Devi, Nebbu Lal, Ram Naresh|
|2||Dhoos||Jamua Dhoos||Koraon||Shankar, Saraswati, Shivshankar||35||Harishchandra, Sundarlal, Taulan|
|3||Chaapar||Chaapar Hardaun||Koraon||Saraswati||14||Saroj, Aietvari, Surpatiya|
|4||Atreji||Sansarpur||Koraon||Panihatara, Vanshakti, Mahila Vikas, Laxmibai||38||Prema Devi, Sita Devi, Indrawati Devi|
|5||Kanhaya||Sansarpur||Koraon||Berozgaar, Shanti||23||Savitri, Lalti, Urmila|
|7||Amiliya Pal||Amiliya Pal||Koraon||Aadishakti, Sita, Radha, Sharda||48||Prema Devi, Saroj, Sunita|
|8||Maanpur||Maanpur||Koraon||Vikas, Gram Vikas||20||Gulabkali, Dharmavati, Sunita|
|9||Navediya Pal||Navediya Pal||Koraon||Laxmi, Jai Bajrangbali, Vikas||35||Asha Devi, Patawa Devi, Sita Devi|
|10||Rajgarh||Hardiha||Meja||Maa Jagdamba, Maa Sharda||28||Vandana, Prabhavati, Anarkali|
|11||Hardiha||Hardiha||Meja||Jeevdani, Shebri, Sheetla||30||Angura Devi, Phoolkali, Rajkumari|
|12||Naigadi||Hardiha||Meja||Vanshakti, Aadishakti, Sita||37||Kalawati, Sunita, Savitri|
|13||Survadalapur||Survadalapur||Manda||Vanshakti||25||Rajkumari, Sohagi Devi, Kalawati Devi|
|14||Katha||Benipur||Shankargarh||Hariyali, Mazdoor Pragati||26||Shyamkali, Munni Devi, Phoolkali|
|15||Sudnipur Khurd||Sudnipur Khurd||Bahadurpur||Vandana||14||Aarti, Savitra, Meena|
|16||Bahadurpur||Bahadurpur||Bahadurpur||Vanvasi, Garib Parivar||30||Renu, Chamela Devi, Urmila|
|17||Amarsapur||Amarsapur||Bahadurpur||Vanraja||22||Soni, Photo, Aanchal|
"Zero Hunger Allahabad", which was held on September 22, 2018 proposed establishment of 100 Anaj Banks across district Allahabad out of which 55 have been identified in the following locations:
|S. No.||Block||Name of Village|
|1||Meja||Kohdar, Meja Khaas, Mandera, Koilaha, Beri, Mejiya, Kakrahi, Piprao, Tigja, Hargarh, Sikra, Chanrahaas, Bisri, Purachandel, Saleya Kala, Chapron, Kharka Dabar|
|3||Manda||Manda, Nawediya-42, Majhiganva, Rampur Bakhaar, Bhorahava, Dasvaar|
|4||Shankargarh||Geruhaai, Quari No. 5, Sonvarsha, Purebghel, Seedhtikat|
|5||Koraon||Chadgada, Baithkava, Hanumanganj, Khivli kala, Kaundi, Hardaun, Dhaukhar|
|7||Bahadurpur||Chakchuraavan, Rithaeya, Kaserua Khurd, Sahson, Bani, Kandi, Bajha, Kaudru, Khanipur|
|8||Saidabad||Balaksarai, Khaptiha, Balrampur Barethi|
|9||Mirzapur||Chak Kotaar, Purva Avsan Singh, Harra|