One has rightly said that education can bring sea change in the life of one and also change the fate of the nation. Taking the same theme Shri Nitin Gadkari took initiative in the formation of the Late Laxmanrao Mankar Memorial Trust and took the work of the starting of Ekal Vidyalayas in the different parts of Vidarbha.
At present the trust is running more than 550 such Ekal Vidyalaya for the children who were far away from education and so could not join the main stream of the nation. Even being a politician he has been working on the socio economic grounds and taking initiative to reach education to the downtrodden people from the tribal, remote and naxal affected areas of the state.
Thousands of students are taking education in these vidyalayas, who are poor, needy and tribal and are brought close to education and it has shown new sun of development and progress. These Vidyalayas are run mostly in the tribal areas of Gadchiroli and malnutrition dominated area of Melghat in Amravati District. With education these children can change their own fate and also take the nation on the part of development and progress.
In Eastern Vidarbha thousands and lakhs of people live in the tribal and jungle areas and these people are related with the bamboo, its use for years together. It is one of the natural produces which grow very fast and can be a means of earning of large section of society and also eradicate problems from these areas.
Shri Nitin Gadkari took initiative in the formation of the Institute of Village Enterprise Development for Handicraft Artists (VEDHA India) which is working with the bamboo workers from the area and also seeing to generate employment for them to add to their financial earnings.
The area is known for large produce of Bamboo and the natural product can be used for different uses which can change the lot of these people, who had been skilled with the bamboo art and still are lying in the mire of poverty and debt. Shri Gadkari promoted the eco friendly produce and also opened market for the same.
The articles made by the tribal people are getting market not only in India but also out of the country. The women from the remote areas got organized and are not earning handsome amount for their work and skill and are empowered financially. The efforts of Shri Gadkari has changed the fate of these tribal people and major the women.
Plans & potentials Antyodaya Handloom and Handicrafts
- Lakhs of self employed people are dependent on Handloom and Handicraft Industry.
- Very good master viewers and handicraft artisans are available.
- Proper training, quality yarn, good raw material and marketable designs are necessary.
- A scheme of producing top quality Ketki silk sarees and its marketing is planned.
- Training to various artisans including leather artisans and marketing their products is also planned.
- Ferro cement prefabricated shops to Gathai workers will be installed at various places in Nagpur and other taluka places.
In last couple of decades there has been ample rise in the use of the chemical fertilizers and now we people have come to know the side effects of the use of the chemical fertilizers. To overcome the problems created due to the use of these fertilizers Shri Nitin Gadkari took initiative in the formation of Sendriya (Naisargik) Shetmal Utpadak Sanstha, Nagpur.
The use of the chemical fertilizers has affected the fertility of the soil, the crop produce has not increased, it is affecting health of the masses and the farmers are facing financial loss due to low agricultural produce. He formed a group of the farmers who were eager to take crops with the traditional method and use of the organic fertilizers.
The agricultural produce taken by the farmers with the organic fertilizers has been given market through the cooperative retail stores in the city and these people are getting handsome returns of their efforts at the farms. This produce is getting demand in the market and the people too are turning towards these products which are good for the health, can enrich the soil and also give good returns to them.
The masses from the rural areas face different problems and one of them is the shortage of the water. This problem is affecting the rural masses in different ways and the efforts of the government are short and there is need that the people take initiative to solve the problem and make availability of the water in the rural areas of the state and major Vidarbha which is facing the problem severely.
Vidarbha is known as drought prone area and the farmers are forced to commit suicide due to the lack of the water and irrigation facilities. Knowing that the availability of the water can change the future of the farmers Shri Nitin Gadkari took initiative in the formation of Purti Sinchan Samruddhi Kalyankari Sanstha and a pilot project has been started at Tamaswada in Wardha District.
The said project has helped to conserve the natural water of the rain and increase the water level in the bowels of the earth. This has made availability of the water for agriculture, live stocks and also for the domestic use. Shri Gadkari has kept target of 100 such projects and has been working hard on it.
Annadata Sukhi Bhava (Let the food giver lead a happy life)
The Project 'Annadata Sukhi Bhava' was initiated in December 2006, and was undertaken by Rambhau Mhalgi Prabhodhini, Mumbai. Due to a spate of suicides in the Vidarbha region, several families have turned homeless. Under these circumstances, two serious issues have arisen. The first providing means of livelihood for the widows and their kids. The second, continuation of school education of these kids, who may otherwise bid good bye to their schools and go to work as farm labour, to help their mothers. Mr. Gadkari passionately took the welfare activity in his own hand and personally moved among grieved families. He extended his help to the farmers’ families living in worst affected six districts of Western Vidarbha. His direct action covers 204 villages of 36 talukas.