Even though the main purpose and aims of several programmes designed by the government are very useful for the people, it is observed that many of these programmes have found it difficult to reach the expected target within the stipulated time period. The non-governmental organizations play a crucial role in convincing the rural people about the aim, purpose and benefits of the programme. These organizations have proven to be very helpful in delivering the benefits of the programme to the people, especially the farmers.
Selection of the Voluntary Organizations:
Realizing the importance of the involvement of non-governmental organizations, the task force conducted Bioenergy workshops at the four provinces of the state, provided complete information to them and prepared them for convincing the farmers. Training was provided to 450 voluntary organizations throughout the state and the rural people were provided initial information about Bioenergy through handouts and pamphlets. Later, it was decided that the voluntary organizations should be given more responsibility in the implementation of the programme. Therefore, the Board decided to choose the LEED organization for active involvement of the community in the implementation of the programme. With regard to this, application was invited from interested organizations by advertising throughout the state and after application of several criteria, a total of 32 LEED voluntary organizations were selected by the Board in a transparent manner.
An agreement was made about the responsibilities and duties of these voluntary organizations and this facilitated them to play a responsible part in the implementation of the programme.
Selection of Voluntary Organizations at Village level:
After the Board selected the district LEED voluntary organizations, Zilla Panchayats of the respective districts were instructed to select the voluntary organizations to carry out the programme at village level. The Zilla Panchayats have selected village level voluntary organizations through district Bioenergy supervising committees and have facilitated them to operate in the rural areas.
Under the Bijapur Zilla Panchayat, 46 village level voluntary organizations have been identified and they have involved themselves in Hasiru Honnu, Baradu Bangara and other Bioenergy activities.
The Board has observed that it is possible to successfully implement the programme in very less time, by active involvement of voluntary organizations. This is evident from the exceptional response from farmers in the implementation of Suvarna Bhoomi Scheme in the year 2012-13.
Although, all voluntary organizations selected by the Board are functioning well, some organizations have not been able to reach the expected implementation target due to lack of trained staff, lack of basic facilities and lack of coordination. Due to this, the implementation of the programme has suffered a setback in some districts. The Board needs to motivate such organizations and make them operate actively.