Vanavasi Kalyana Karnataka

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 Districts 673  
Total tribal Districts 638  
Districts having activities 328  
District with tribal committees 278  
Total Vanavasi Villages 174493  
Villages in contact 51022  
Village committees 12503  
City committees 278  
Village women committees 1863  
City women committees 149  
2 Student Hostels    
a. Boys 181 6166
b. Girls 44 1606
3 Education Centers    
a. Schools 648  
b. Pre- primary Schools 2498  
c. Evening schools- libraries 420  
4 Economic empowerment    
a. Agricultaural centers 82 2630
b. Vocational training center 79 905
c. Self help groups 2063 30504
d. Other activities(Gram Vikas) 99 8040
5 Medical Centers    
a. Daily 34  
b. Weekly 314  
c. Mobile units 2709  
d. Hospitals 4  
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  
News
  • Two day National Workshop for urban volunteers “Akhil Bharatiya Vanavasi Karyakarta Nagariya Aayam Baithak” held on July 3 and 4, 2016 at Prashanti Kutiram, Benguluru, Karnataka. 136 select delegates from 25 pranths attended this national workshop.


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