From the Secretary's Desk

INDIA has plans to increase its effort on the education of girl child and enhancement of livelihood opportunities of the masses exploring new vista of development with dignity. In this context we value the importance of our stakeholders and partners and thank them for the support they have made for the success of our programmes and policies.

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Pro-active to the rights of the children and downtrodden (Dalits), International Noble Work Development and Investigation Association (INDIA) is a non-profit, democratic, secular and rights based non-governmental social organization having its presence in the State for the last two decades. Formally registered in 1996 under the Society Registration Act, the organization came into being as a result of the effort of some youth volunteers fighting for the cause of the oppressed in Buguda block of Ganjam district way back in the early nineteen nineties.

The organization was formed to carry the crusade against the heinous practice of caste discrimination and atrocities related to such act. Denial of entry into the temples, pulling out water from the open well or using the hand pumps installed in the area dominated by upper caste communities, and most importantly, untouchability at the household and community level and in educational institutions as well called for a concerted effort by a group of Dalit youths who were victimized along with their family members.

Over the years the organization has been engaged in advocating the rights based issues related to the development of the deprived communities with major thrust on children. The spheres of activity encompass areas such as child rights, land rights, education, livelihood and dignity of living. Apart from direct intervention INDIA has been facilitating the movements fighting for the rights of the Dalits and tribal communities as a network partner. For instance, it facilitated people-led movement under the banner ‘Adivasi Dalit Ekta Mancha’ (ADEM) in districts of Ganjam and Phulbani during the year 2004-05 and is continuing as an active member of the network Dalit and Adivasi Sangathan (DAS).

Today the operational area of INDIA is spread over 6 Gram Panchayats (36 villages) in Buguda block and 1 Gram Panchayat in Polosara block (23 villages) of Ganjam district and over 2 Gram Panchayats (20 villages) in Khajuripada block of Phulbani district. It encompasses mostly Dalit and tribal dominated villages deprived of the mainstream socio-economic benefits of development. While intervention against social discrimination, caste related violence and atrocities against the Dalits and weaker sections still remains a major focus area, education, health, livelihood, land and forest rights, right to NTFP, women empowerment and youth action form the core programme approach and development intervention. Most of our programmes are primarily designed for the development and empowerment of children and women in view of their vulnerability and marginalization in multiple spheres.

The Genesis:

The social boycott of Dalits and caste violence with regard to the entry of Dalits into the village temples in Badua intensified Dalit youth action to protect against and protect the rights of Dalit community in 1994. In 1995-96, the urge to fight against caste violence, caste atrocities further called for organized and concerted effort to emancipate and liberate the community from the ravaged caste practice and victimization of Dalits by upper caste communities. The guiding philosophy of such social movement was to educate, agitate and organize. A network of Dalit advocates, intellectuals, students, journalists, social activists, educationists, community leaders and small and marginalized farmers was developed in 1995-96 under the banner of Orissa Dalit Forum (ODF). The association with the network and exposure on the issue resulted in the formation and registration of INDIA as a social organization in the year 1996. INDIA focused its intervention initially in the district of Ganjam and then keeping in view of the persistent problem in contiguous patches of the district and adjoining areas, the district of Phulbani was included in the area of operation. Today the organisation operates more intensively in 36 villages of districts Ganjam and Phulbani.

Vision:

NDIA visualizes a society based on universal brotherhood, peace, communal harmony, gender equality and social justice without discrimination against caste, creed or colour.

Mission:

Improving the socio-economic condition of the downtrodden by liberating the people from social injustice, gender inequality and casteism as well as alleviating poverty through generation of livelihood opportunities consistent with sustainable development.

Objectives:

 To promote overall development of the people, especially of the weaker sections of the society- the dalits and tribal population.
 To promote accountability and transparency in development administration.
 To equip the masses for participatory programme planning and implementation.
 To alleviate rural poverty and enhance livelihood opportunities.
 To promote health and educational well-being of the rural/tribal people.
 To undertake issue based advocacy and networking

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