Prayas Institute of Economic Empowerment-Bihar

Prayas JAC Society became training partner of NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation), during this FY on 1st October, 2017. NSDC is a non-profit company founded in 2009 by Ministry of Finance, Government of India. NSDC supported centers were started in Tughlakabad and Jahangirpuri (Delhi) and Tajpur Road and Ilmasnagar in Samastipur (Bihar). In all NSDC supported centers three job roles; Domestic Data Entry Operator, Assistant Beauty Therapist and Sewing Machine Operator courses were taught.

Prayas had started India International Skill Centre (IISC) in Ranchi (Jharkhand) in March, 2017. Ms. Sonny Kumari, one of the trained candidates was placed in Singapore, which was first ever case for both Prayas and NSDC in India to place a trained domestic worker outside India.

The above programmes were besides other very important and prestigious skill development programmes like; Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS, a program of Ministry of HRD, which was merged with MSDE, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GoI. This programme, is running in Jahangirpuri (Delhi) and Samastipur (Bihar) ), Bihar Rural Livelihood Projects-Jeevika, The Hans Foundation Project , Axis Bank Project, HSBC Project, RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning, a PMKVY programme, supported by Domestic Workers Sector Skill Council, Delhi) and Rajasthan Skill Development Project, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), a pilot study of Niti Aayog’s Aspirational District Programme and ITPO (India Trade Promotion Organization) project.

JEEViKA Projects: The Government of Bihar (GoB), through the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS), an autonomous body under the Department of Rural Development, is spearheading the World Bank aided Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project (BRLP), locally known as JEEViKA with the objective of social & economic empowerment of the rural poor.

Objective: The BRLP objective is to enhance social and economic empowerment of the rural poor in Bihar. This objective is sought to be accomplished by:

  • Improving rural livelihoods and enhancing social and economic empowerment of the rural poor.
  • Developing organizations of the rural poor and producers to enable them to access and better negotiate services, credit and assets from public and private sector agencies and financial institutions.
  • Investing in capacity building of public and private service providers.
  • Playing a catalytic role in promoting development of microfinance and agribusiness sectors
  • A Total of 820 candidates trained under Bihar Jeevika Project and 75 % of them have been placed across PAN India against a total target of 1150 candidates.

Tata Solar Microgrid Power Project (Tayabpur & Behlolpur):- Setting up of ‘Tata Solar Microgrid Power Project’ in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT), Centre for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, General Electric and Tata Trust to create viable model of distribution and generation of electricity in remote areas of Baishali District (Tayabpur and Behlolpur) on 24th Jan 2017.

  • Tata Power Delhi Distribution brings solar Micro-grid to rural village in Tayabpur, Bihar
  • Initiative aims to accomplish the vision of providing universal access of electricity to every single village and individual
  • Supported by partners such as Tata Trusts, MIT, Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre and General Electric (GE)

Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL), the country’s leading power distribution company which is supplying uninterrupted power to over 70 lakh people in the national capital Delhi, has today implemented a Micro-grid project in Tayabpur, a village in the Vaishali district of Bihar having an estimated 190 hutments with a population of around 1,000 to accomplish the vision of providing access of electricity to all. For the project, TPDDL has been supported by partners such as Tata Trusts, MIT, Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre and GE to setup a self-managed solar Micro-grid which will help in enhancing quality of life, engage natives and introduce financial advancement in such areas. TPDDL has developed this project by bringing together all the partners and providing for off-site requirements for the successful implementation of the microgrid. TPDDL played a key role in the identification of the site, development of the project infrastructure, community engagement activities, etc.

Inaugurated the MICROGRID project by Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, TPDDL, said, “Today, electricity is recognized as a basic need for realizing the objective of sustainable human development. Rural electrification is a key component for facilitating economic progress including meeting socio-economic goals and overall human development in the villages. This project aims to develop a novel solar Micro-grid model suitable to our Indian conditions and support electrification which is affordable, sustainable and helps us to reach remote rural areas. We hope through implementation of the Tayabpur project we will have a model for installing and developing smart Micro-grids in the country ensuring access to affordable, reliable & consistent energy for all’

Role of Stakeholders

  • Tata Education and Development Trust – Funder
  • GE company – Equipment
  • MIT, USA – Technical Support
  • Tata Power – Plant Installation
  • PRAYAS – Community Engagement and operations

Overview: Rural electrification is defined here as the process by which access to electricity is provided to households or villages located in the isolated or remote areas of any area. Remote or rural regions lacking electricity supply are often characterized by well identified challenges.  Rural communities are also often highly dispersed with a low population density and characterized by a low level of education, low load density generally concentrated at evening peak hours, and low revenues. At the household level, electricity is mainly used for powering light bulbs, fans, television sets and charging of mobile phones.

Characteristics of Micro Grid

  • Locally-produced and resource-specific technologies for electrification will reduce the need to import systems and facilitate their use in any given region.
  • Good management and maintenance of the systems require adequate training, assistance services and customer supply chains for their long-term use.
  • Sufficient long-term funding ensures long-term system maintenance.
  • This gives the communities a sense of ownership.

Tayabpur Plant

Tayabpur is a village which belongs to Bhikanpura Panchayat, Desari Block of Vaishali District. The Bhikanpura Panchayat has two villages, Tayabpur & Bhikanpura, spread in sixteen Wards.

  • Total Population of this Panchayat is 5000(five thousand) But the micro grid plant of Tata Power is Situated in Wazitpur Kasturi village of Sahdei block of Vaishali District.
  • The Mukhiya of Wazitpur Kasturi is Sakaldeo Ram, whereas the Mukhiya of Bhikanpura is Mahender Ram.
  • Although the grid is established in the Wazitpur Village but energy produced at this Grid will be consumed by the villagers of Tayabpur.
  • Wazitpur Village (Sahdei) & Tayabpur Village (Desri) are two different Blocks which is separated by a narrow Road going through.

Bahlolpur Plant

Bahlolpur Village belongs to Hasanpur South Panchayat of Vaishali District .The Hasanpur South Panchayat has two Villages –Behlolpur, Palwariya, Hasanpur Hawraha, with the total population of 7000 (seven Thousand)

Bahlolpur is an island surrounded by the River Gangese, the entire Panchayat is non electrifying villages. The energy which will be produced here will be fully consumed &utilized by the Villagers due to the non availability of any source of energy.so we can say that the plant will be sustained for a longer period of time.

Air India Air Transport System (AIATS): AIATS under it’s CSR initiative has supported Prayas for training of 375 Youth  under Retail and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) sectors in Delhi, Ranchi, Motihari, Jaipur and Teok in the current FY.

AXIS BANK Project (Hazaribagh & Ranchi)- Sahi Disha Kee Aur- Creating Livelihood Opportunities:- Prayas with support from Axis Bank Foundation empowered youth, especially young girls and boys from disadvantaged families and communities from identified villages realize their dreams by equipping them with essential life skill program and market oriented vocational training program. The project emphasized on strengthening and utilizing the economic potential of marginalized youths and adolescents girls, critical approach for economic development. In one year project period, Prayas aimed to develop skills and provide future jobs opportunities to these youths. They had been trained not only through vocational training but also given orientation and provided with the necessary inputs to develop their skills, knowledge, to develop a positive attitude and behavior through Personal Grooming Workshops, Career Guidance Workshop & Career orientation session at the center with the support of Network organization, volunteers groups, Professional consultancy services and other sources.

Trades: Basic & Advanced Computer Course, Retail, Apparel Manufacturing - Beneficiaries: 100

Prayas  NSDC  Fee  based project : This program has been established to provide market oriented vocational training to the youth and women of the privileged section of society. Sewing Machine Operator, Data Entry and  Assistant Beautician Therapist are the trades being run under the auspices of the project. The project is being run at Tajpur center and Ilmasnagar Center.

CMPDI CSR Project Ranchi:- In 2019, At Ranchi, under CSR support from CMPDI, 120 youth were trained in Retail trade and 70% of them have been placed across India.

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