Inclusive Cluster Development

Rural Enterprise Acceleration Project
Quality Standards
Quality Standards

Gender & Institutions

The main objective of the Institutions formations is collective action for livelihood activities and generates surplus production and collective marketing. Here Institutions refers to the community based organizations which are formed to mobilize and unite the community to work together to reach the economy of scale. There are two kind of Institutions which are formed in integrated livelihood support project (ILSP). The detail of Institutions as follows:-
VPG Membership Criteria: PG Membership Criteria:
1-Antoday man/woman. Except for VPG HHs)
2-Landless Man/woman 1-BPL card holder.
3-Widow. 2- APL HHs have land holding up to 0.5 hectare (as individual HHs).
4-Handicapped man woman. Not Eligible HHs 1-Regular Government Employees. 2-Income Tax payers. 3-HHs have land holdings more than 0.5 hectare.
5-SC/ST man/woman
Detail salient features of Producer and Vulnerable producer groups
  • 5 to 20 Member in a PGs- (3 office bears)
  • Regular Group Meetings, saving and thrift.
  • Book/Record keeping-Regular.
  • Participation in capacity building programmes.
  • Planning for livelihood activities once a year (FSIP) (for production enhancement.)
  • Collective input procurement-against FSIP.
  • Collection of surplus produce for marketing.
  • Livelihood collectives membership and shareholding.
  • Project support Rs 3600 after preparation of FSIP.

Formation of PGs and Coverage: Formed 8184 PGs with coverage of 74321 households. All PGs are involved in saving and thrift activities after MTR recommendations. Saving enhance by Rs 54 to 75 per month/HHs. Average Repayment is approx 75 (74.94) % in PGs.


Livelihood Collectives (Secondary Level Community Institutions)

“Livelihood Collectives” (LCs) are formed out of about 50-70 Producer / Vulnerable Producer Groups (PGs & VPGs) of the respective cluster. The location of LCs has depended on the ease of – access of members of PGs & VPGs, potential market linkage and achieving economies of scale.

The administrative boundaries are not given much weightage and therefore clusters are formed keeping in view the proximity aspects related to the business. All PG-VPG members are taking membership of LC.

The members will purchase seeds and agriculture inputs from LC and provide surplus produce for marketing through Livelihood Collectives. The LC is required to coordinate with PG/VPG for implementation of “Agriculture Up-scaling Plan” (AUP). The marketing of produce will also be done by LC.

Grade wise status of Institutions: ILSP has self grading system for Livelihood collectives which generate automatically based on the defined criteria and achieved marks against them which automatically converted in the grade. Grading in PGs and VPG are done many by the Livelihood facilitator each year and fed into the MIS. PG/VPG grading is self and participatory by PG/VPG members by themselves to realize the status of group.  As of now 6238 PGs/VPGs graded. Out of these 53 % , 40% and 7 % groups are in A,B and C categories respectively. Similarly out of 131 Livelihood collectives 36% , 45% and 19 % Livelihood collective are in A, B and C grade.

Business of Federations and LCs During 2018-19 and cumulative Business status: Total 174 (131+43) LCs and federations were engaged in business activities and incurred turn over Rs.2113.04 Lakh with profit of 226.35 (168.88+ 57.47) lakh in LC and federations during the year 2018-19. Cumulative turnover of federation and LCs is Rs 7638 lakh with profit of Rs 591.40 (271.38 LC+ 320.02 Fed) lakh.

Status of AGM and Legal Compliances: AGMs in all 131 Livelihood collectives (LCs) and 43 Federations conducted in all districts by July and august 2018. Federations’ and Livelihood collectives submitting their documents to Assistant Registrar of cooperatives in District and also doing the process for ITR.



As per the project document of Integrated Livelihood Support Project (ILSP), it is mentioned on gender that –


Key Strategic Interventions On Gender Equality In The Project

In ILSP project, both men and women are given equal opportunities to form collectives at the primary and secondary levels and also undertake economic activities. Under the project Producer groups/ Vulnerable Producer groups of women as well as men are promoted. It has been ensured that under the project, access to land, infrastructure facilities, productive assets are provided to women as well as men.

  • Ensuring participation of women at the institutional level
  • Participation in business Activities
  • Participation in Training and Skills development
  • Enabling women and men to have equal voice and influence in rural institutions
  • Promoting Women’s Autonomy and Empowerment
  • Involvement in Community Affairs/Decision Making
  • Reducing Women’s Drudgery
  • Committee to solve sexual Harassment cases