Centre for Tribals and Rural Development celebrates 20th anniversary
Udhagamandalam: Having supplemented the efforts of the government in helping the needy to a considerable extent over the last two decades, the Ealamanna-based non-governmental organisation Centre for Tribals and Rural Development (CTRD) celebrated its 20th anniversary with a great deal of enthusiasm at Pandhalur on Sunday.
The Managing Trustee of the CTRD, R.S. Ranganathen told The Hindu that in order to record the significant achievements of the organisation since its inception in 1988 and to focus attention on the role of the voluntary sector in improving the socio-economic conditions of the underprivileged sections of society it had been decided to bring out a souvenir titled, ‘20 Years of Rural and Tribal Transition.’
Listing the schemes being implemented and projects undertaken by the organisation, he said that while looking back with a great deal of satisfaction, it will suitably prepare itself to deal with the challenges that lie ahead.
Earlier, delivering the keynote address at a function organised to commemorate the occasion, Mr. Ranganathen said that the main objective of the CTRD was to improve the quality of life among the poor tribals and rural communities in and around Gudalur.
The Director, Tribal Research Centre, Jakka Parthasarathy, who was the chief guest said that though gaining the confidence of tribals, particularly the Paniyas and Kattunayakas, was very difficult the CTRD has done well in taking socio-economic activities to their door steps.
The Chairperson, District Panchayat, Gomathi Sivanatharaja, said that the people should make the optimum use of the services rendered by the voluntary organisations.
The Managing Trustee, Rural Development Institute Trust, T. Balakrishnan presided.
Among those who spoke were the Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, D.F. Dhanraj, and Senior Programme Officer, World Wide Fund for Nature N. Mohanraj.
A rally formed part the celebrations. It was flagged off by the president, Nelliyalam Municipality S. Kasilingam.