Education: 7th Grade
Age: 51 Years
Hometown: Sukuldaihan, Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh
|Famous For||Being the founder of Maa Bamleshwari Janhitkari Samiti, an NGO that helps backward women of Chhattisgarh in their economical and social development|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Mahaveer Foundation Award for the year 2014
• Padma Shri in 2012
• Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Award in the social service category (Amodini Award) in 2011
• Sadguru Gnanananda National Award in 2010
• Kannagi Sthree Shakti Award from the Government of India in 2010
• Zee TV Astithva Award from Zee Entertainment Enterprises in 2008
• Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 2004
• Chhattisgarh Minimata Alankaran Award in 2004
• Award for Women Empowerment from the Union Bank of India
• Has been named as the brand ambassador by the Government of Chhattisgarh for the maternity program called 'Janani Suraksha Yojana'
• National Award for Best Performance, sponsored by NABARD
|Date of Birth||5 December 1969 (Friday)|
|Age (as of 2020)||51 Years|
|Birthplace||Sukuldaihan, Dhangaon, Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh|
|Educational Qualification||She studied till seventh grade. The Better India|
|Relationships & More|
|Husband/Spouse||Name not known (Cattle Grazer)|
|Parents||Father- Jhadiram Yadav (ran a tea stall in their village)
Mother- Sumitra Yadav
|Siblings||Brother(s)- Kanta Prasad Yadav, Shailendra Yadav
Sister(s)- Kanti Yadav, Dhrupati Yadav, Sarasvati Yadav, Chhavi Yadav
Some Lesser Known Facts About Phoolbasan Bai Yadav
- Phoolbasan Bai Yadav is an Indian social worker who is the founder of ‘Maa Bamleshwari Janhitkari Samiti,’ an NGO that works for the development of economically and socially backward women of Chhattisgarh.
- Phoolbasan Bai Yadav belonged to a very socially backward family with little-to-no financial resources.
- She had to leave her schooling due to her family’s poor economic condition and because of her marriage; she got married at the age of 10. She had to leave her studies also because of her father, who did not believe in the education of girls.
- She began her social career after she took part in self-help group activities in her district. Soon, she started her own self-help groups such as Pragya Mahila Samooh, Kiraya Bhandar, Bazar Theka, and established ration shops (for distribution of food among the people below poverty line (BPL)). Later in 2001, she brought all the groups together to create ‘Maa Bamleshwari Janhitkari Samiti,’ which has a very strong influence in all of Chhattisgarh.
- Ever since its establishment, the organization has created 12,000 women self-help groups with a strength of over 200,000 members reportedly.
- The organization has collected around Rs. 250 million, by taking Rs. 2 from each person. Maa Bamleshwari Janiykari Samiti – Facebook Profile
- The NGO has undertaken works related to health, education, sanitation, and social reforms and has conducted regular polio vaccine clinics, opened schools and Anganwadis, organized food programs for children, set up earning programs for women, and campaigned against child marriages.
- The organization has also organized campaigns such as Sharab Bandh (through which they have claimed to close down 250 liquor shops in the state), Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, and preparation of 20,000 soak pits for rainwater harvesting in the district.
- Her path to improve the lives of women in Chhattisgarh was not smooth as she met with many obstacles, including her husband, who used physical force to stop her from going out of her home and coming home late in the night. However, he soon understood her goodwill and began supporting her.
- Phoolbasan garnered attention when she took part in a “Mahila Olympic” organized by her district administration (Rajnandgaon) in which she won the first prize.
- According to Phoolbasan, even before Narendra Modi initiated Swachh Bharat Mission, her organization had made 50 villages in Chhattisgarh open defecation-free.
- The Government of Chhattisgarh has also named Phoolbasan as a member of the State Planning Commission of Chattisgarh and the Nine Gems of Chattisgarh (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan).
- In her honor, a documentary film titled ‘Kahaani Phulbhasan Ki’ was produced by the NGO Maa Bamleshwari Janhitkari Samiti.
- Phoolbasan also acts as a mentor to the Vision India Foundation, an organization that focuses on bringing systemic, long-term reforms by working on public policy, governance, and institutional frameworks of the nation.
- She is also a TEDx speaker and given speeches at many events and conducted seminars across India to share her vision and purpose with the people.
- In 2020, Dr Arvind Yadav wrote a book on her life titled ‘Phoolbasan Yadav: Fearless, Fierce, and Unfazed.’
- In 2020, Phoolbasan, along with Renuka Shahane, appeared in the Karamveer Special of Kaun Banega Crorepati, hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.
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