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close this book Development as Unleashing Potential Efforts : the Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) of Yellamanchili in Andhra Pradesh (1995)
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"Once the motivation proved to be a deep rooted and long lasting one and aspirations established as non-political and as personally non-acquisitive, the people started reposing confidence, but they constantly watch for the signs, to guard themselves. They impose transparent purity of motive evidenced by ceaseless effort directed towards enriching the disadvantaged as a prerequisite for winning and maintaining their trust and good will",

says Dr BV Parameswara Rao, a nuclear scientist by training and a development activist by choice.

This paper narrates the efforts of BCT in achieving that difficult balance between a grassroots base and the grafting of modern technology and skilled professionalism. BCT seems to have marshalled the expertise of science and technology and also obtain people’s participation to meet their developmental needs.

The writer visited BCT and spent a week in September 1994 to understand and document the underlying rationale of its multifarious activities. The paper portrays the understanding of the writer in a narrative style and relies largely on published souvenirs, reports and news letters of BCT; personal observation of many of the activities during the visit; and interactions with several functionaries, including Dr Rao and the beneficient partners in the developmental interventions made by BCT.

This paper is organised into 3 sections:

Section 1 : BCT and its activities

Section 2 : BCT - Its organisation and functioning

Section 3 : BCT and its ENVIRONMENT