Annapurna Pariwar, a group of 5 NGOs working for the uplift of slum dwellers in Pune and Mumbai for the last 25 years celebrates its Founder’s day each year in the month of August. The function is a celebrated as a tribute to Late Dada Purao (Com. Narendra S. Purao) whose birthday falls on August and who was visionary leader with a deep sense of commitment for the emancipation of all the toiling masses of the country. On this occasion Dr. Medha Purao and other members of Annapurna Pariwar were present.
After having participated in India’s freedom struggle, he realised that political freedom bereft of economic freedom, particularly for ordinary masses, is futile and meaningless. Therefore, he devoted his energies for organising Bank employees, textile workers in the city of Mumbai and in a short span earned respect as an accomplished Trade Union Leader and rose to prominence as a vanguard national leader of All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) a biggest and prominent Trade Union Organisation of middle class bank employees of the country.
Annapurna’s Dada Purao Research & Training Institute (DPR&TI) undertakes special studies, research projects and allied activities at local, regional and state level and works out models of micro finance and combines with other ancillary and other related activities to ensure social security and dignified life to the deprived sections of the society. Needless to say that towns and cities cannot grow and sustain themselves without resolving the problems of urban poverty.
Every year DPR & TI publishes a book based on its social interventions showing the impact of its various programs and the challenges ahead. This year, Annapurna shall be releasing a book on ‘Demonetisation — Experiences of the Poor’ written by Dr. Kanish Debnath. The book speaks of the experiences of Annapurna’s poor micro borrowers in the wake of the recent demonetisation imposed in the country.
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