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When the Youth of the Society join hands for the Sustainable Development
The Nation Progresses In Harmony

 
 

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Youth for Sustainable Development- Achievements and Roads Ahead

Youth for Sustainable Development (YSD) is a Non-Governmental Organization that came into existence as a state level society with a resolution on Oct 31, 2010 and is registered under provisions of HP Societies Registration Act 2006. Since then we are working with a mission to promote and disseminate information on environment friendly technologies, biodiversity conservation, natural resource utilization and geo-hazard management, promote and popularize traditional sciences of Ayurveda, Homeopathy and dissemination of scientific technologies in the field of agriculture and horticulture to rural masses. Though the society has spread its wings on different arenas hitherto neglected yet the main focus of the organization is rural development and upheaval of rural masses by providing them access to basic amenities of life i.e. health care, education, clean water & sanitation. The organization also intends to increase the livelihood opportunities for rural youth by making them aware of the latest techniques in agriculture, horticulture floriculture and medicinal herbs etc. It has been a matter of great satisfaction and pleasure that YSD has organised various programmes during the short stint of its existence. It has been the result of visionary and participatory approach that the organisation has dealt with a crucial issue of eenvironment and development which have been at loggerheads for very long. The integrated approach and peoples participation in various programmes of YSD has implanted the idea of sustainable development among the youths. The youth for sustainable development with its limited resources has organized number of programmes for the upliftment of the farmers, inspiring youth through seminars and organising blood donation camps. During the year 2011-12 and 2012-13 the activities of the YSD have broaden its horizons through its activities in different parts of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Our greatest achievement is that we have been able to bring the people of different walks of life like government officers, agricultural scientists, lawyers, teachers and students under one umbrella and became carrier of the YSD activities. A glimpse of these programmes is given here as under.

A. SEMINARS ORGANISED:

1. A Seminar on the theme “Rural Development: Present Scenario and Future Challenges” has been organized at Shimla, on March 26-27. It was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prof. P.K. Dhumal. The inaugural function of the seminar was presided over by Mr.Rajender Singh ji,the winner of Ramon Magsaysay Award. There were about 500 participants including the delegates and other dignitaries on this occasion. Prof. Dhumal highlighted various schemes initiated in the State like Doodh Ganga and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Kisan Bagwan Samridhi Yojna and urged the volunteers of YSD to carry the developmental and livelihood generation activities of the government to rural masses for their appropriate utilization by the end user. He appreciated the efforts of YSD for holding such a seminar on a very important issue that will go a long way to attain self reliance in this hilly state. Mr.Rajender Singh, while delivering his presidential address, cautioned the youth of the state to have sustainable means and use of resources that are depleting very fast. He also presented a water policy to the Chief Minister of H.P. for the sustainable management of

water resources in Himachal Pradesh. In total, 70 research papers were presented during the seminar. In the closing ceremony on 27th March, Dr Rajeev Bindal, the then Health Minister Govt of Himachal Pradesh was the Chief Guest. Dr Bindal appreciated the YSD efforts in taking such a big initiative in its infancy stage and to provide a platform for the intellectuals and social workers of the state. Prof Rajneesh Arora, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, was the Guest of Honour on the occasion. He highlighted the important role of youth in the contemporary scenario for the sustainable development of the country and expressed that our traditions are our strengths and it is because of our checks on our wants that the Nation has progressed but we have to use the resources in such a way that their use is prolonged for future generations.

2. The another seminar has been organised at CSK Agricultural University Palampur, District Kangra Himahal Pradesh on August 4-5, 2012. The seminar has be focused on present situation, challenges, remedies and road map in context with integrated farming systems for increasing livelihood security of mountain farmers. Seminar was inaugurated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, the then Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh and Padama bhushan Dr. Kshama Metre, National Director, CORD has beenthe Guest of honour on this occasion. Honable Speaker of Himachal Vidhan Sabha Shri Tulsi Ram and the Vice Chancellor of CSKHPKV were the prominent personalities present during the Inaugural session. The Opening session was attended by over 1000 persons form various fields coming from the length and breadth of state and also from other parts of the country. The chief guest in his address highlighted his priority in the field of agriculture and animal husbandry sector, and various schemes being launched by the Government for the benefits of marginal farmers of the state. He highlighted the impact of various schemes on rural economy based on the social indicators. Dr. Kshama Metre in her address put forward a critically important analytical view of the farming set up at rural level insisting the role of women in Agriculture and ways and means of uplifting the economy of the farmers. She too suggested some improvements in policy issues for the best interest of sustainable agriculture. There were nearly 200 research papers presented in the seminar under five major themes namely Indian Agriculture with special reference to Hill Farming, Integrated Farming System and Sustainable Agriculture, Farm Enterprises and Technologies

4. Animal Health and Production and Value Addition and Marketing. The valedictory session was attended by approximately 300 persons. Sh. Ravinder Singh Ravi, the then Irrigation & Public Health Minister was the chief guest and Dr. KR Dhiman, Honourable Vice Chancellor, UHF Solan delivered the key note address on role of horticulture in integrated farming system its value addition and impact on food security. The Chief Guest applauded the joint venture of YSD and CSKHPKV in organizing the seminar on need based issues and stressed that scientist and stake holder should come on one platform to discuss the emerging issues and thrash out the remedies.

B. Awareness campaigns

1.Plantation Programmes (Vanmahotasava) for Environmental Protection

In order to bridge the gap in theory and practice, the YSD is committed to social issues and challenges of global warming and climate change, the organisation planned to adopt three districts of Himachal Pradesh viz., Shimla, Mandi and Kangra for undertaking the tree plantation programmes on a large scale.

i) Kunhoo (Karsog) Distt Mandi on August 14, 2011

The plantation programme was undertaken on a piece of land provided by the department of Forests, at village Kunhoo (Karsog) in district Mandi of H.P. on August14, 2011. About 100 volunteers from the nearby villages including women folks planted about 300 saplings of the various species at the planting site. The officials of the department of Forests assisted the programme by fencing the planting area of 2400m2 to protect the saplings from damage by grazing animals. The programme was inaugurated by Mr H.S. Sarvata, IFS, DFO, Karsog by planting the sapling of Rudraksha. Mr.BihariLal Sharma, Executive Director of the YSD was also present on the occasion and led the team of volunteers. Mr.Sarvata addressed the gathering and described the importance of plant abundance and diversity in the welfare of mankind protecting environment and in mitigating the impact of climate change. He further emphasized the role of youth and women in maintaining the plant diversity of their respective areas. The programme ended with the vote of thanks and National Anthem.

ii) Mahog (Karsog) District Mandi on September 5, 2011

On 5th September, 2011, the volunteers of YSD organized the vanmahotasava at MahogPanchayat of Karsog area. About 300 participants including women, students, teachers and representatives of Panchayats from the nearby villages were present on the occasion. Mr. Raj Kumar Bhardwaj, Principal Govt. Senior Secondary School, Mahog (Karsog) was the Chief Guest and Mr.Yashwant Thakur, Pradhan, MahogPanchayat and Mr. Chet Ram, Range Officer of the area were also present on the occasion. About 300 saplings of the Deodar (Cedrus deodara) were planted at the site which was bio- fenced. Mr.BihariLal Sharma, Executive Director of the YSD was also present on the occasion and elaborated the future planning of organisation in undertaking the environmental protection campaigns. The programme ended with the vote of thanks and National Anthem.

iii) Gauri Shanker Mandir Palampur District Kangra on September 9, 2011

A site nearby to GauriShanker Mandir in Banotu Panchayat of Palampur Tehsil in KangraDistrict was identified by the volunteers of YSD in consultation with the DFO, Palampur for organizing the Vanmahotasava. The area was heavily infested with the Lantana and other weeds. First, the weeds were cleared by the volunteers of YSD who were assisted by the local residents of Banotu Panchayat. On September 9, 2011, the vanmahotasava has been organized at the site. The function was attended by about 300

participants including teachers, students and volunteers of NSS of GGDSD College, Rajpur, and residents of Banotu and Rajpur panchayats. Mrs.Urmil Bhuria, Member Zila Parishad and Scientists and students from CSK HPKV, Palampur also participated the plantation programme. About 100 saplings of the medicinal plants were planted and the area was fenced before the plantation. Dr. S.K. Sharma, Hon,ble Vice Chancellor, CSK HPKV, Palampur has been the Chief Guest on the occasion. Mr.Bihari Lal Sharma, Executive Director of the YSD addressed the gathering and apprised them about the activities being undertaken by the organisation.

iv) Tutu, Shimla on September 10, 2011

The plantation site was identified by the volunteers of YSD in consultation with the Department of Forest and Municipal Corporation near Totu and on September 10, 2011, about 70 volunteers including students, teacher and social workers of area planted about 160 plants of Deodar on the occasion. Prof. Deepak Raj Gupta, Director, School of Hospitality and Tourism, Jammu University (J&K) graced the occasion as Chief Guest. He was of the opinion that the responsibility of environment protection as well as maintaining the scenic beauty of the Shimla and hill state now lie upon organisations like Youth for Sustainable Development. Prof. S.P. Bansal, Director, MTA and IIHS, HP University, Shimla also addressed the gathering and stressed the need to have more such plantations drives in and around Shimla. Mr. Anil Sood, President, YSD and Mr.BihariLal Sharma, Executive Director of the YSD have been also present.

v) Awareness and Plantation Campaigns During 2012-13
The continuity has been provided to earlier efforts regarding awareness and plantation programmes in 2012 also. Three plantation programmes or Vanmahotsav have been held at Karsog in district mandi, Waknaghat in Solan district and Gauri Shankar Mandir campus in Palampur of Kangra district during the month of August 2012. The programmes have been well attended and the new plantation was done on the sites adopted by YSD during 2011.

C. Blood Donation camps

i) Solan on December 4, 2011 The YSD volunteers from Nauni, Solan and Kandaghat areas of District Solan gathered on 4th December, 2011 at Sanskrit College, Solan for blood donation. Chief Medical Officer, District Solan, inaugurated the Camp and briefed the donors on the importance of blood donation. A total of 25 volunteers donated the blood in this camp.

ii) Palampur District Kangra on December 9, 2011 A blood donation camp was organized at Civil Hospital, Palampur in collaboration with HDFC bank, Palampur branch on 9th December, 2011. It was attended by the YSD volunteers of Palampur, Panchrukhi, Rajpur, Tanda, and nearby areas. A function was also organized in which Sh. Praveen Sharma, MLA (Palampur) was the Chief Guest and Mr. Ashish Singhmar, IAS, SDM Palampur presided over the function. Sh. Praveen Sharma focused his speech on the importance of blood donation in saving

human’s life. Mr. Ashish Singhmar, SDM Palampur appreciated the efforts of ‘Youth for Sustainable Development’ in organizing such camps as well as making people aware about the blood donations. It was more than satisfying that 110 participants registered for the blood donations, though due to the limited capacity of the local Blood Bank, only 31 donations could be collected.

iii)Ner Chowk Distt Mandi on December 16, 2011 Yet another blood donation camp was organized on the campus of ‘Krishma College of Education’at Ner Chowk in District Mandi by the volunteers of YSD.The function was blessed by Dr Rajeev Bindal, the then Health Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh as the Chief Guest. He appreciated the YSD efforts in prioritizing the blood donation camps in view of the overall scenario of blood requirement and donation in the state. Sh. Bihari Lal Sharma, Executive Director of YSD apprised the audience of the different activities and future programmes. About 400 students, teachers, and other guests participated in the function. The SDM, Mandi Sadar and the Chief Medical Officer, also graced the occasion.

iv) Blood Donation Camps Organised During 2012-13 The youth for sustainable development continued its efforts to serve the mankind by organising several blood donation camps in the districts of Kangra, Mandi and Solan. During the year 2012-13 three blood donation camps have been organised. The first camp was organised at Rajpura in Palampur sub division of Kangra district on 8th Dec, 2012 in which 15 volunteers of YSD donated blood. Another blood donation camp was held at Krishna College of Education, Ner Chowk in district Mandi on 12th Dec, 2012. The function was organised on the occasion and local SDM graced the occasion as chief guest. As many as 32 units of blood donated in the camp. The third camp was organised in Kandaghat on 14th Dec, 2012 in whichYSD workers from Solan district organised the function and subsequently 40 volunteers made blood donations.

D. Training Programmes:

i) Training Programmes on Modern Horticulture and Natural Resource Conservation for Rural Development has been held at Tehsil Karsog,Distt. Mandi HP on February 18, 2012. Keeping in view the mission of YSD and our social commitment to rural upliftment, YSD organized the various training camps for farmers in KarsogTeshil of district Mandi in collaboration with Dr. YSParmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan.

• Location specific trainingprogrammes for the farmers and orchardists Three such training programmes were organized on 18.02.2012 at Seri Bungalow, Seri Katanda, Chindi (Churag), Pagna and Lalag. The details of each programme organised on February 18, 2012 at different locations are described as under:

ii) Training on ‘Winter operations in orchards: A training programme on ‘winter operations in orchards’ was organised at village Seri Bungalow, which was attended by about 120 orchardist and YSD volunteers of the area. Dr. P.S.Chauhan, Head,

Department of Fruit Science, and Dr. DRKhajuria, Senior Scientist, RHRS, Bajaura of University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni Solan (HP) were present as experts.

iii) Training on Winter operations in orchards:Similar training was organised at village Katandaon ‘winter operations in orchards’.Dr. HS Bhatia, Sr. Scientist, RHRS, Bajaura, and Dr. Naveen Sharma, Senior Scientist, THRS, Kotkhaiof University of Horticulture and Forestry, NauniSolan (HP) were the experts who explained and demonstrated various fruit growing technologies to about 130 orchardists of the area.

iv) Training on Cultivation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants was organsiedat Chindi (Churag), where Dr. MSMankotia, Sr. Scientist, RHRS, Mashobra, Dr. Kishore Khosla, Sr. Scientist, RHRS, Bajaura and Dr. YP Sharma, Asstt. Scientist Deptt.of Forest Products, University of Horticulture and Forestry, NauniSolan (HP) have been present as experts. They apprised about 150 farmers about various package of practices for growing important medicinal and aromatic plants suitable to their areas.

v)Training on Protected Cultivation of Flowers: It was the result of popularity of programmes organised by YSD and the pro-activism of farmers belonging to Pangna that a training on ‘Protected Cultivation of Flowers’ was organised at village Pangna. Dr. VP Sharma, Sr. Scientist, Deptt of Floriculture, and Dr. RS Sipahiya, Asstt. Prof.Deptt. of Soil Science and Water Management, University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni Solan (HP) imparted training to about 140 farmers and YSD volunteers on various aspects of growing flowers under polyhouse conditions.

vi)Training on ‘Cultivation of Vegetables’:The Lalag area of Karsog is known for the cultivation of vegetable crops. Hence, a training on ‘Cultivation of Vegetables’ was arranged at village Lalag (Kamaksha temple) to apprise the farmers of the area to adopt high tech vegetable growing technologies to have more output per unit area. Dr. HR Sharma, Sr. Scientist, Dr Ashok Thakur, Asstt Scientist from Seed Technology and Production Centre, Dr.AmitVikram, Scientist, Directorate of Extension Educationand Er. OP Sharma, Deptt. of Soil Science and Water Management, University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni Solan (H.P) interacted with about 160 farmers. In all these training camps complete package of practices was explained and demonstratedto the farmers/orchardists and their queries were satisfied.

E. Miscellaneous Programmes:

i) Crop Seminar on ‘Modern Horticulture and Natural Resource Conservation for Rural Development: A unique initiative taken by YSD has been the mega event Crop Seminar on Modern Horticulture and Natural Resource Conservation for Rural Development at Karsog, District Mandi on February 19, 2012in collaboration with YSParmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan and Doordarshan Kendra, Shimla. The programme was organized on the premises of GSSS, Karsog which was attended by about 850 farmers including about 150 women from surrounding areas of Karsog.Sh. HiraLal, Hon’ble MLA, Karsog graced the occasion as Chief Guest, Dr KR Dhiman, Hon’bleVice Chancellor, University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan (HP) as Guest of Honour and Dr. Om Gauri Dutt Sharma, Director, Doordarshan Kendra Shimla presided over the function. Other dignitaries present were Dr. NB Singh Director, Extension Education, Heads of various departments, Scientists from the University, officers from department of Agriculture and Horticulture of the State, prominent citizens of Karsog and representatives of various panchayats,MahilaMandals and Self Help Groups.Sh. BihariLal Sharma, Executive Director and Dr.RajeshwarSingh Chandel, General Secretary, YSD were also present during the function. Dr. NB Singh briefed about the activities of Dr YSParmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, NauniSolan (HP) and its commitment towards the redressal of issues of the farmers.Various scientists and officers of the department addressed the issues of the farmers. Mr.BihariLalSharma narrated the objectives of YSD as well as various programmes being undertaken after the inception of the organisation. Various questions raised by the farmers were addressed by the experts and the question answer session of one hour duration was telecasted live by the Doordarshan Kendra, Shimla. The Chief Guest applauded the efforts of the YSD, University and the Doordarshan Kendra for organising such a mega event in his area for the first time and assured of all help in future for undertaking such rural livelihood promotional activities.

ii). Awareness cum Training Programme on ‘Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers’ Right Act: A one day training camp to create awareness among farmers on ‘Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers’ Right Act, 2006’ was organised in collaboration with ‘National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR)’, Regional Station, Shimla; KrishiVigyan Kendra (KVK), Mandi, and Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics, CSKHPKV, Palampur in a remote area of Khanyol bagra in Mandi district on July 8, 2012. It was more than satisfying that, 300 people comprising of young farmers, farm women and officials of various departments, participated in the programme. Sh. Hira Lal, MLA, Karsog was the chief guest and Dr.Desh Raj,Director, Extension Education, CSKHPKV, Palampur presided over the function. Dr. J.C.Ranawas from NBPGR (ICAR) Shimla has been the key speaker who apprised the farmers about the importance of keeping their crop varieties preserved and the way their interest shall be protected by the concerned authority. He emphasized upon the need for conserving local bio diversity for future security and benefits.

 

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