Rural development has assumed global attention especially among the developing nations. It has a great significance in the country like India because most of the population of the nation lives in rural areas. As per the present schemes all over the nation the strategies are focusing on poverty alleviation, for better living conditions etc. Though in all aspects we have become technologically advanced but still we have many areas and families who are struggling with the basic facilities like, water, food, education, sanitary and no electricity at all.
Today, we are sharing the story from Barmer, Rajasthan. Life of many people living in the desert of Thar, has been changed after the intervention of Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan, Barmer at Rajasthan. Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan identified many families and villages who are still living a life without electricity. They spend their days in sunlight and nights in the darkness. They are still forced to rely on kerosene lamps in the night. In cities, even 1 hour power cut stops the speed of life and there are people in rural areas with no power supply at their places and do not enjoy the electricity facility.
With the aim to provide facilities to poor families and to make them independent GVECS come out with a sustainable solution for such families. Recently, GVECS distributed Solar Light Stand, Panels and chargers with warranty cards among 1500 such families in different villages.
The purpose for this step is simple, explained Sh Vikram Singh Chaudhary, Secretary GVECS that now women can work in the night, children will be able to study and no longer they all will be inhaling the harmful air which is the result of kerosene lamps. This step has lightened the life of many and will change the socio economic status of the people. Women will be able to use sewing machine and with that they will be able to earn some income.
Sh Vikram Singh Chaudhary, Secretary, GVECS educated and informed people about the usage of this facility. Now people will not have to travel far places to charge their mobile phones.
Ms Rooma Devi, President of the organisation described the situation of poor families in the area and told people the benefits of using solar lights. She said women who are busy in household chores while day time now they can become economically independent by involving themselves in sewing and other income generating activities in the nights also. The process of Solar Lights distribution ended up in three phases.
Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan, Barmer is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation working for rural development since July 1998. GVCS works for upliftment of women, Dalits and marginalised communities.
Gramin Vikas and Chetna Sansthan (GVCS) is actively engaged with 3000 embroidery and appliqué, all women artisans and generating employment for them. They operate in the state Rajasthan, currently covering different districts in Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jallore, Jodhpur and Bikaner. GVCS encourages equal participation from all sections of the community in order to achieve development.
A Note: The women we work resides in remote areas of the arid Thar Desert which have remained under developed due to their harsh terrain. Apart from the lack of infrastructure, the main problem in the area is the restrictive ‘Pardah’ system and lack of education.
As a result, women of this region rarely step out from the confines of their home and are exploited by the traders of the region who pay them less wages for their work. Also, the artisans are denied access to good quality raw materials as well as a market for their products.