John Peta Youth Association
John Peta Youth Association is Village Development Committee aims to promote the development and self-governance of John Peta village, located in the Kaikaluru, Eluru District, AP, India. Its foundation was laid ten years ago, but the organization became fully operational in April 2020. The association aims to achieve self-sufficiency, increase literacy, and lay the foundations for imparting global education.
Over the past three years, John Peta Youth Association has made significant progress towards its goals. The association’s notable achievements include collaborating with Kaikaluru MLA, Mr. DNR, to reclaim 30 acres of Fish Farming land belonging to the John Peta Fishermen Society that had been occupied by the forest department at Kolleru for 18 years. Additionally, the Youth Association registered the Navayan Buddhist Society to address the problem of the lack of Hindu temples in the village. This society aims to practice Nayayana Buddhism prescribed by B.R Ambedkar to the Dalit Bahujans of India. The land required for the construction of a Prabuddha Cultural Center for free ideal marriages, community membership, and spiritual needs was procured by the Gram Panchayat under the direction of Kaikaluru MLA Shri Dulam Nageswara Rao. The foundation for the Prabuddha Cultural Center will be laid soon.
The John Peta Youth Association team also runs the Ambedkar Knowledge Centre, which will play a key role in the development of the village as a center for the education and development of the people of the constituency. The building is constructed by the Navayan Buddhist Society REGD.NO:132/2020, which is run by the John Peta Youth Association team. The center will have a computer lab, a library with modern facilities, a training, and conference room, and will teach basic to advanced computer concepts to the Kaikaluru Constituency and Surrounding villages dalit youth for free of charge. The foundation program for Ambedkar Knowledge Center will be held very soon.
The Youth Association is also planning to setting up small-scale industries in the village to provide respectable employment opportunities and laying foundations for women from John Peta village to work outside their homes as a matter of self-respect. These activities will be done centrally, and the necessary land acquisition will be done with the blessings of Kaikaluru MLA Shri DNR.
The John Peta Youth Association also functions as a Village Development Committee, and its members take the initiative to solve the problems faced by the Dalits. The team works alongside village elders to resolve conflicts and takes an active role in resolving issues. By promoting community involvement and providing a safe space for dispute resolution, the John Peta Youth Association has greatly improved the village by saving time and resources.
In addition, the Youth Association is willing to lead the effort to recognize John Peta village (from FCI GoDown to Vijayalakshmi Theater) as a separate panchayat and has repeatedly informed the district collector of the need to do so.
The team of the John Peta Youth Association comprises a group of dedicated individuals who bring with them experience in various fields, such as technology, media, and social movements. Vijay Kumar Vangalapudi, the founder, and secretary of the association, has been involved in Dalit, human rights, and rationalism movements for over a decade, and Madan Kummarikunta, the president of the association, has been leading the activities of the Atapaka Gram Panchayat for ten years. Satish Kunavarapu, the vice president of the association, has experience as a follower of Kaikaluru MLA Shri Dulam Nageswara Rao, YSRCP party social media campaigner.
The Youth Association’s efforts have resulted in several noteworthy achievements, including reclaiming 30 acres of Fish Farming land belonging to the John Peta Fishermen Society, registering the Navayan Buddhist Society, constructing the Ambedkar Knowledge Centre, and addressing the drainage and slaughterhouse problems in the village.
Overall, the John Peta Youth Association is a dedicated group of individuals who are working towards the betterment of the Dalits in the Telugu states of India. Their efforts have led to significant improvements in the village, and their commitment to community development is inspiring