About ASDS

VISION:

Equity dignity and improved quality of life on a sustainable basis is the social reality for empowered tribal communities.

MISSION:

Community organization and Social capital building of tribal communities to exercise their rights to fight against discrimination, dehumanizing poverty, oppressive class and cast system, violation of basic human rights.

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

On account of prevailing socio-political situation, the trade predominantly consists of Non timber Forest Produce was under the control of middlemen   and the agriculture was under the dominion of non tribals. Local tribals remained silent spectators being not aware of the welfare programmes and development initiatives designed for their benefit, on the other hand all these benefits were misappropriated by influential local elite.  

Educating and empowering the impoverished tribals remained a key concern. The endeavor blended with unequivocal passion has laid foundations for the organization.  Indomitable spirit and unremitting efforts of the founder- Gandhi babu has taken a shape and registered as “Vyavasayaka mariyu Sanghika Abhivrudhi Samastha” (Agriculture and Social development society – ASDS)

Land rights and entitlements:

During the initial period, the organization has laid focus on land related issues.  Startling fact was that the major chunk of irrigated land in this region, though it belongs to tribes, but was under the control of non tribes. Political parties were leveraging the situation with vote bank politics without finding a judicious solution.  A young man spearheaded the process of empowering tribals to reclaim their lands through obtaining land records from authorized sources and resorting to legal options and filing suites against illegal possessors. As a result, 230 Acres of land was legally handed over back to the true owners of the land - tribal farmers.

Bridging the Gap:

The process of Selecting eligible beneficiaries is supposed to be carried out at Grmasabha, but in practice it was not so. In order to obtain any benefit from the government, these tribals were at the disposal and at the mercy of the local elite, politicians and the non-local middlemen to availed government sponsored schemes and development programmes.

Majority of Government sponsored Schemes and development programmes aimed at tribal development were reaching to other than tribal beneficiaries on account of innocence of tribals and voracity of influential individuals who have never bothered to pay back the loan amount and also instigated others to call off loan repayment.  This tendency has resulted in breach of trust and furthered the gap between tribals and state sponsored development agencies.  

ASDS has done pioneering efforts at the villages in creating an effective platform for interaction of government officials and the tribals. The innovative approach and pioneering efforts have resulted in sored relationships and threatening comments from the local elite and politicians and on the other hand, applause from pro-people cadre.  The organization has acted as a functional link between the financial institution and the tribal beneficiaries. The interfacing efforts of the organization are pivotal in bringing in instrumental change and toss away inhibitions of innocent tribals.

Through organizing village level meetings and campaigns, the organization has created an avenue for interface with all mandal level functionaries and bankers to elucidate about the options and provisions that are available for tribals. These efforts have inspired a ITDA project officer to assign a special officer to be present at “shandy” day to resolve issues immediately and to provide quick relief to the tribals. This has eventually resulted in declaring and observing “shandy day” as grievance day to ensure effective service delivery mechanism and better reaches out to many tribals.