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A successful federation of persons with disabilities in Tadimarri

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A successful federation of persons with disabilities in Tadimarri

This is the story of a successful mandal samakhya. Tadimarri mandal in Anantaur district is an interior mandal. It is not easy for a federation of SHGs of persons with disabilities to succeed in such a mandal. But ‘Anne Ferrer Vikalangula Samakhya’ of Tadimarri have proved the opposite. This federation was registered in 2005. It had an executive committee of 9 members initially.  They first focused on whatever problems village level SHGs had. They visited those villages and advised them on possible solutions and plans of action. They also liaised with government officers regarding certificates, pensions, marriage incentives, Antyodaya cards and tricycles. Nearly 500 PWDs benefitted from their efforts. An inter-caste marriage of Adinarayana and Sailaja, two visually impaired persons from two different mandals, was a great achievement and event for celebration in their federation. They say, “thus we are dealing with critical social issues too.”  The police department in Tadimarri mandal has become very good friend of this samakhya. They once approached the local bank manager for bank loans for various income generation activities. But the manager did not respond to them favorably. But they did not give up. They did relay dharnas in front of the bank. Finally the manager gave them loans. Impressed by their utilization and repayment, the bank went on to give them loans to the tune of Rs. 1,16,33,150/-. Then they felt the need for an office for the federation. With the help of the local MLA, they approached the District Collector, who sanctioned a patta for 4 cents of land. They mobilized funds from MGNREGA and from MLA and constructed an office cum meeting hall at Tadimarri for their federation. This building (which was constructed with Rs. 8 lakhs) was inaugurated in 2017. All the members are very united and active. They are confident that they will achieve more for the samakhya.