| Development as Unleashing Potential Efforts : the Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) of Yellamanchili in Andhra Pradesh (1995) |
|Section 2 BCT - its organisation and functioning|
BCT’s concept of development as unleashing potential of natural and human resources has led it initially to activities related to agricultural services with emphasis on utilising hitherto unutilised land, water and labour resources and to programmes aimed at eradication of illiteracy and abolition of alcoholism.
The same concerns, subsequently, led it to non-formal education, training and primary health education and care. BCT now has a comprehensive programme with all these elements to systematically cover the entire needy population in its area.
It may be necessary to reconsider its decision to work only with women as resource base under their control is quite small and hence the likely impact of working through them alone would be very limited on improving the economic conditions or employment potential.
BCT has to build a base among select men to embark on a comprehensive post-harvest processing and marketing programme with appropriate forward and backward linkages leading to enhancement of production and income from the major rural resources namely land, water and labour.
The fact that there is a graduated sequence through which the persons and their groups can traverse to achieve sustainable growth and development must be recognised in carefully planning and executing the programmes which simultaneously build the capabilities of people to handle their development needs.