Rural Development Society (Nardes) was established in 1980 with
the objective of undertaking various socio-welfare activities to
raise the economic standards and promoting self-reliance among
poor, economically-marginalised and under-resourced people in the
rural and tribal areas of Bharuch district in Gujarat.
employees and family members of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers
Company Ltd (GNFC) had formed Nardes with the above objectives.
This corporate has made an appreciable difference to the socio-economic
environment in Bharuch district.
They have not only
generated employment opportunities and a township of its own for
the welfare of its employees and their families, but also accepted
upon itself a social responsibility to better the quality of life
in the rural areas of the district through Nardes.
economically weak groups in villages who had already been provided
training in tailoring, which helped them in getting financial
assistance from banks. In deserving cases it even provided margin
money after ensuring that the trainees had the requisite expertise
Nardes further helped the
cause by organising procurement of substantial orders for
stitching uniforms for industrial workers of various
establishments. With the help of DRDA, the organisation organised
a tailoring class for 40 girls at village Mandava in the district.
After successful training
for six months, 20 girls were enrolled for the tailoring course
examination conducted by the Technical Examination Board, clearing
which would lead to better employment opportunities. Nardes has
continued with this class and since then have been training an
increasing number of girls for tailoring.
Another major activity
undertaken by the organisation was to train women from village
Zadeshwar in the essential skills of envelope making on a
commercial basis. In turn, these women trained others. A group of
50 such women together formed the Mahila Audhyogik Sahkari Mandali.
Many organisations like
GNFC, Kalpataru (run by Gujarat Civil Supplies Corporation)
district panchayats, cooperative banks and Dudh-Dhara Dairy have
placed orders and found the supplies to be of excellent quality.
These women have supplied more than 20 lakh envelopes.
They are not only able to
use their talents and earn additional income in their spare time
but have also become a source of inspiration for other women.
Subsequently the group has expanded their activities and started
production and supply of commodities like papad, besides
Apart from employment,
Nardes also provides medical aid, food and shelter, to the needy
in the district. Nardes has organised 14 camps so far, where
around 12,000 patients have been treated in each one of them.
Besides this, around 800 handicapped patients were provided with
aids like tricycles, calipers, artificial limbs and hearing aids
that will provide them with an opportunity to live their lives
with pride and power of confidence.
With GNFCs help Nardes
recently adopted five villages in Bharuch district under the Gokul
Gram Yojna, sponsored by the Gujarat state government, to realise
the dream of transforming villages into hubs of prosperity. In
each of these villages construction of classrooms, anganwadi centres,
common halls, RCC roads and water supply schemes was facilitated.
Commenting on their work
Nardes chairperson Maltiben Desai says: "Over the years, we
have initiated and implemented a number of programmes. But
programmes like tailoring and making envelopes provide the
much-needed employment for villagers."
One of their recent
projects was the rehabilitation of Sokhda village in Gujarats
Morbi district. The village was devastated due to the earthquake,
and Nardes, under a joint venture with the state government,
re-established the village at a new site, in 20 acres of land at a
cost of Rs 270 lakh. The entire village was re-established in 10
since its inception, Nardes has believed that socio-economic
uplift can take place only through the realisation of
self-reliance among the lesser privileged. Hence, all the
programmes and activities of Nardes are aimed at opening such
avenues for the rural poor in Bharuch district.