Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development empowers marginalised communities through effective affirmative action
Sustainable development is possible only when there is equity in socio-economic indicators across all social groups in the community. Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD) has constantly endeavoured to ensure equitable development of its key communities.
Women are one of the most deprived sections of the society. Rural women have limited access to credit, healthcare and education, and have poor representation in politics. However, rural women can be key agents for achieving transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. Empowering them is a key to the well-being of individuals, families and rural communities, and would also help in improving overall economic productivity. For the socio-economic development of women, TCSRD runs various programmes that institutionalise women groups in the form of self-help groups and clusters.
TCSRD has also identified SC/ST communities which have been the most neglected, marginalised and exploited communities in India for centuries. The Society works for the skill development, education and enterprise development of marginalised communities.
TCSRD has been working with 310 SHGs that include 3,300 women from 44 villages of Sambhal district (Uttar Pradesh) including conducting Annual General Meetings.
The Affirmative Action Program was adopted by TCSRD to reach out to the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe population. TCSRD has designed interventions based on the need assessment study conducted at each sites and these are majorly on Employment, Employability, Entrepreneurship, Education and Essential Amenities.
TCSRD established linkage with Gujarat State Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd. (GSHHDC) which works for identification, revival, development of handicrafts and handlooms of Gujarat. TCSRD helped 13 SHGs in getting an order of Rs. 3.94 lakh for supply of gurjari suits. SHGs women were also sent for market visit to various places for getting understanding of the market dynamics.