Discussion with Myraada- Bangalore

Hello All

 Today morning I met up with Dr.Meenakshi Sundaram , Vice Chairman of Myrada(www.myrada. org).. He is retired IAS officer from KA state cadre. Also Prof at National Institute of Advanced Studies.(NIAS, bangalore)

About Myrada:
– Started in 1968, mainly for resettlement issues – Tibetean, local rehabs etc.
– Eventually took up Rural development work in TN,AP & Karnataka.
– Main focus area is WaterShed programme, Microcredit, Aids Awareness, Education
– Board also includes Mr.M.V.Rajashekhar, Former min of Planning.
– Has many high profile members onboard.
– Also have Technical training Institute near Dharmapuri.

Our Discussion:
– Main area of operation in KA are Chamrajnagar, kollegal, Bellary, Belgaum & Gulburga.
– Since Gulburga has 50% literacy rate, we wanted to focus on this Dist first. 
– In Gulbugra they have more than 50-60 of their people working there and are willin gto introduce them to us. They have been working in this area for several years and are well versed with local conditions. For us more advantage in that aspect.
– Mr.Kiran is Project Officer incharge of Gulburga & will be put in loop with us.
  Next discussion after Apr6,7 or Apr 13 time frame.
– In Bellary programs were conducted for Devadasis. microcredit program also being done.

Overall we have a credible org who have been working on rural development( but less stress in EDU) willling to help us. We will discuss with KA team to see to take it forward.

On behalf of KA team


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