Historical perspective :
At the time of independence there were critical situations in many provinces of India. In the central province - present Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Sri Ravi Shankar Shukla experienced the anti-national activities during his tour to tribal areas. Disturbed by these, the then government instituted Niyogi Commission to look in to the various issues connected with the tribals.
The Redemption Plan
Under the aegis of late Sri Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Chief Minister Sri Ravi Shankar Shukla, and Sri Thakkar Bapa, the renowned Gandhian and pioneer of Tribal Welfare, devised an action plan for the welfare of tribals. Sri Thakkar Bapa's choice fell on one young freedom fighter and advocate of Nagpur – Sri Ramakant Keshav Deshpande.
The birth of Vanavsi Kalyan - the work that became life a Mission:
After the death of Sri Thakkar Bapa in 1950, Sri Deshpande resigned from the government service, returned to Nagpur to resume his legal practice. Inspired by Sri Golwalkar, he moved to Jashpur and dedicated his life for Vanavasis.
In December 1952, he started a hostel with few tribal boys in a dilapidated building of the Raja Vijayabhushana Singh. He donated a major portion of the amount he received from the government as “ Rajhdhan” to Vanavasi Kalyan. And the Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram came into being.
The tiny sapling grew into a mighty Banyan tree - Akhil Bharatiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram - now the biggest voluntary organization in the service of 9 crores of Vanavasis (tribals) in the country. Read more..Service activities of Akhil Bharateeya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram
|Sl.No.||Organizational Set up||National||Beneficiaries|
|1||Total Service Projects||17721|
|Total Project Centers||12324|
|Total tribal Districts||638|
|Districts having activities||328|
|District with tribal committees||278|
|Total Vanavasi Villages||174493|
|Villages in contact||51022|
|Village women committees||1863|
|City women committees||149|
|b. Pre- primary Schools||2498|
|c. Evening schools- libraries||420|
|a. Agricultaural centers||82||2630|
|b. Vocational training center||79||905|
|c. Self help groups||2063||30504|
|d. Other activities(Gram Vikas)||99||8040|
|c. Mobile units||2709|
|e. Arogya Rakshaks||2702|
|f. Medical Camps||1050|
|Total - 4.0||1461180|
|6||Sports Centers – daily||910|
|Sports Centers – weekly||1668|
|Shraddha Jagaran Centers||5603|
|Tribal Art Centers(Lok Kala)||511|