We Need Villages To Sustain


    What were the challenges in front of Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) project and how you overcame them?
    We had to train seven thousand youths in UP and Rajasthan and six thousand in Bihar. Out of this number we had to place seventy five percent of them. We started with UP. Following the trend, we started giving security guard facility management training. But to get a job out of this training, one has to move to towns and big cities. This way it was promoting migration which was against our goal. So we changed our approach. Then we contacted local construction contractors in small areas. There was a huge labour force working in construction. We observed that bricks labourers normally do this for entire life. They work like bonded labourer. So we trained them. After the training, they were found busy plastering walls and ceilings and they started asking for higher wages as well. We used to give them on the spot training so that their daily work didn’t get affected. We worked in Mathura, Mahamaya Nagar, Alwar, Bhewadi and Bharatpur and saw considerable impact. By the end of 2012, this project ended and in the audit of concerned agencies we were patted for the excellent work.

    How was the SGSY experience in Bihar?

    We chose two districts, Munger and Bhagalpur in Bihar ,and targeted jobless women. We made groups of like- minded women and started giving them embroidery and stitching trainings. With the help of these women, we formed Drishtee Rural Apparel Production Company (DRAP). From that group we picked different women to work at different levels in DRAP, depending on their caliber. We made district hubs and created satellite centres as well. We have a DRAP team in our head office also. We are imparting higher skills to our trained women. One, who used to stitch petticoats, is now stitching ladies kurtis as well. From there, they start stitching shirts and jackets. We want these women to grow as professionals and run their own company.

    There are so many projects going on for the marginalized people. However, the situation is not changing. Why?

    See, we need villages to sustain. There are so many projects for rural areas, but we lack integrated projects. There is a huge imbalance because of the wider gap between landlords and land less laborers.

    Running DF must have been a dream coming true. But how the issue of money was handled to fulfill the dream?

    When DF was started neither my son nor I had money to run this. Since the beginning, money has been a big issue for DF. Fortunately, some like-minded people came forward at regular intervals to help  the mission.



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