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Social work in Madhya Pradesh has hardly any base probably the base is a by-product of most Government effort. The absence of Social Work Culture by people is a sickening pointer to the whole community accepting all welfare, awareness and progress programmes as the sole responsibility of the Government in one form or the other and thus breeding contempt at worst and indifference at best towards any effort at non- politicized social work. The one time thrust at such efforts by old Gandhian folk, to a large extent, has also become a part of the total beaurocratic set-up over the last three decades and more.


The Social Worker finds recognition by people in Gujarat, Maharashtra and some other states in concrete and result oriented forms but not in our state. Education, medical aid and destitute women and children have been the main pillars on which has stood the urbanized social work edifice and the lower steps meant to reach these high pedestals, probably, have been made far steeper into the surrounding rural areas. The gap then, between the far-flung rural areas and the rural periphery of large urban centers and metropolises too, could not be covered even by conveyor belts of a well organized Government system through various levels of the extension sub-systems in most welfare/social service sectors. The economic welfare sub-systems remained most ineffective in spite of a colossus of cooperative system, in various forms and shapes, because of the impersonal approach and a communication system that emerged all along to be an elitist infrastructure. The local resources of man and material, for a sound base of effective, result oriented and operational social work for development, have continued to be ignored, though inadvertently most times.


All these mind boggling complexities brought together a small group of SIRDI founders who contemplated, discussed and ultimately concretized their views by establishing the society "SIRDI" (Satpura Integrated Rural Development Institution). It was registered in 1978 under the M.P. Society Registration Act.


Founder’s Views
Dr. D K Sharma

 

WE DO NOT SAY
WE HAVE DONE
ANYTHING-THE POOR
HAVE FUELED US
FOR ENERGY WE WILL
WALK WITH THEM-NOT RUN.

WE DESIRE YOUR
GOOD WILL EVEN
CONTEMPT IS WORTH
WHILE, BUT NOT INDIFFERENCE!

GIVE US YOUR SMILE
AND WE GIVE YOU
OUR HAND.

 
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