Gram Bharati Samiti (GBS)
|ECOSOC Status:||Special Consultative|
|Type:||NGO working on Crime|
|Address:||Amber Bhawan, Amber, Jaipur 302028|
|Region:||Southern and Eastern Asia|
Other:'Human Rights, Health, Migration, Women’s empowerment'
||Gram Bharati Samiti (GBS) means Society for rural development was formed by some senior social activists, Gandhian workers and professionals in April, 1984 with an overall mission of “Establishing a society based on humanitarian, democratic values and ecologically balanced habitat” and registered on July 28, 1984 in Jaipur under “Rajasthan Societies Registration Act, 1958”. It has been registered for exemption from income tax under section 80 G of Income Tax Act of India.
GBS has got special consultative status with United Nations Economical and Social Council (ECOSOC). It has served as NGO Delegate for Asia Pacific in the UNAIDS PCB represented for 2 years ending on December, 2007. Also Mr. Bhawani Shanker Kusum, Secretary, GBS has been selected as NGO Observer for Asia Pacific in the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Committee of World Bank for 2 years i.e. 2009-2011.
To organize people, increase their level of awareness and capacity enabling them to exert for their fundamental rights, participate in decision-making process and exercise control over their lives and natural resources. To uplift the level of living of poor people, particularly the rural and tribal communities, specifically the women by making them economically self reliant and ensuring their access to basic amenities like safe drinking water, nutrient meals, general health care, primary education etc.
GBS implemented a model project on wasteland development namely ‘Gandhivan’ in village Todaladi of district Jaipur during past 20 years focusing on activities i.e. planting 80,000 trees of fuel, fodder, fruits, timber and flower species, developing rain water harvesting structures, stabilizing sand dunes, conserving soil and moisture successfully etc. The project was appreciated widely and conferred with many national/international awards. UNDP recognized it as a success story of wastelands development.
Being first NGO initiated in this field in Rajasthan in 1991 with a survey conducted in 10 districts GBS continued intervention on prevention, treatment, care and support for the Tribal communities traditionally involved in sex work, migrant populations and youth to reduce the risk of infection from HIV/AIDS and STDs/RTIs. More than 10,000 people of tribal communities including sex workers have been benefitted from these activities.
GBS formed 810 Self Help Groups (SHG) involving 8,000 rural women in 65 villages. The women members of SHG saved an amount of money worth INR 4.6 million during last 5 years and deposited into their Bank accounts. Soft loans worth INR 4.5 million were distributed among 500 women to help them establish their own household units to be economically self reliant. Kusum Jain, Joint secretary, GBS was conferred with ‘Award for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life’ (Giving hope to the helpless) by Women’s World Summit Foundation, Geneva for performing outstanding work for welfare of the rural women.
GBS has been actively fighting against corrupt bureaucratic and political system in India for a long. It actively participated in a national campaign demanding a strong ‘ombudsman’, bringing back to country the huge amount of money deposited into the tax haven countries and making law for ‘Right to recall’ the corrupt parliamentarians, members of State Legislative Assemblies etc. in 2011. It is raising mass awareness and organizing ‘Satyagrah’, (a Gandhian way of ‘peaceful resistance for truth’) against atrocities and violence against women and weaker sections of the society, annihilation of human rights, bribery etc.