The Integrated Rural Development of Weaker Sections in India (WIDA)



Name of the Organisation

The Integrated Rural Development of Weaker Sections in India (IRDWSI) Conveniently called ‘WIDA’


Address updated on 29 July 2021

Dr. William Stanley,

Secretary cum Director,

502, Revathi Hills, B.S. Layout, Seethammadhara, Visakhapatnam, 530013, Andhra Pradesh. INDIA.

Mobile: +91 9849120377


Mr. Madhab Dalapati.

Field Director, IRDWSI

Semiliguda, Koraput District, Odisha - 764036, INDIA.

Mobile: +91 9348023424


Telephone – Landlines

 Visakhapatnam, +91 891 – 2520128

Semiliguda, +91 6853-225028.







The Irdwsi


Study conducted in Orissa

1978-79 by CReNIEO, Chennai.


Establishment of Organisation

January 1981.


Society Registration

183 of 1985 TN Societies Act.1860, Date of Registration 09.07.1985.


Income Tax Exemption

166/111/89 Registered under section of 12 A (A) of the income tax Act 1961. Date of Letter of Exemption 07.03.1990.


PAN Number

AAATT0354N, IT File Number: 0027292017.



C.No.1146-III (160)/86/80G. Date of Letter of Approval 12.11.2018. Donations Received by the Society from AY2019-20 onwards are qualified for deduction U/S. 80G (5) (VI) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 as per C.No. 1146-III (160)/86/80G dt. 12.11.2018 approved by Commissioner of Income tax (Exemptions), Chennai-34.


FCRA Registration (Ministry of Home Affairs)

FCRA Number: 075900274 dated 25.02.1988, Renewed on October 2016, validity till 31.10.2021. FCRA Renewal Applied. FCRA Renewal Application submitted on 21.06.2021. MHA FCRA File Number: 6700892016.



DARPAN ID: TN/2016/0106826. Date of Registration 20.10.2016.


CSR Approval

Reference Application Number: SRN-T18939546. Registration Number: CSR00005783. Date of Approval 14.05.2021.



Main FCRA Bank Account Details for Foreign Funds

Only Foreign Fuds - Name of the Account: The Integrated Rural Development of Weaker Sections in India. State Bank of India, NDMB, 11, Sansad Marg, New Delhi – 110001. Contact for Bank Details –


Utilization FCRA Bank Account Details

Name of the Account: The Integrated Rural Development of Weaker Sections in India. Kotak Mahindra Bank, Seethammadhara Branch, Visakhapatnam. 530013. Contact for Bank Details –


Local Account Details for Local Funds

Only Local Funds and Contribution: Name of the Account: The Integrated Rural Development of Weaker Sections in India. Kotak Mahindra Bank, Seethammadhara Branch, Visakhapatnam. 530013. Contact for Bank Details –


Board and Society Members as on 2021

1.Prof.Dr.K.C. Malhotra – Chairman, 2. Mr. M. Rama Raju – Co-Chairman, 3. Dr. William Stanley – Secretary cum Director, 4. Mr. Sushant Stanley – Treasurer, 5. Mrs. Christina Aristotle – Executive Committee Member, 6.Mr. Siva Kumar – Member and 7.Mr. Kishore Kumar Patnaik.


Founder and Patron 

Prof. Dr.K. Rajaratnam - UELCI, CReNIEO, Chennai


Current area of Operation in Orissa – 2021.














                       Total Villages            



Present Population covered 2021

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Other Disaster-Prone Areas 

1. Coastal Odisha, 2. Mahanadi River Valley Basin, Odisha, 3. Nellore Coastal Area, Andhra Pradesh, 4. Gujarat 5. Uttaranchal, 6. Coastal Tamil Nadu.


Covid Pandemic, Migrant Workers Relief Areas

1.Tamil Nadu, 2. Andhra Pradesh, 3. Telangana, 4. Karnataka, 5. Kerala,

6. Odisha, 7. Chattishgarh, 8. Jharkhand.


Partners in Development as of 2021

1. The People, 2 State Government Departments. 3. DST, Central Government of India, 4. Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, 5. EED, Germany, 6.NMZ, Germany, 7. Church of Sweden Aid, Sweden, 8. Stromme Foundation, Norway, 9. Norwegian Church Aid, Norway, 10. SOMNEED, Japan, 11. ACT, Geneva, 12. UNDP, New Delhi, 13. WFP, Bhubaneswar


Partners in 2021

Proposal Submitted to ZMOe, Goonj.



Total Number of Volunteers and Staff: 10



Vision, Mission,

Ideology: “To help people help themselves”

Vision: Sustain humanitarian and communitarian values of respect for each other, dignity, harmonious living with nature, work together for a self-reliant community, continue to work collectively, to attain self-sufficiency and just, gender equal, sustainable and ecologically sound civil society. 

Mission: Facilitate the process of empowerment of the poor, especially among the indigenous communities (Adivasis, Dalits, Fisher-folk, the Marginalized and the victims of disaster and dominant development) in India, with a view to their achieving self-governance with ownership of the development process, influence all policies and programmes of the state, national and international organizations affecting these communities, directly and indirectly. Realize the human, socio-cultural and political rights with ecological and economic balance, gender and social justice, equality of life, with an emphasis on people-centred sustainable development in a given timeframe of 10 to 30 years.



Main objects of the Organisation as spelled out in byelaws:

1.Community Development Education of the weaker sections to create in them an awareness for Social Health and economic development through a process of Community Organisation.

2. Educate them on Health, Sanitation and Nutrition.

3. Training them in skills for self-employment.

4. To remove the elements of backwardness of the people and increase their productivity of the available resources through practical programmes.

5. To undertake Children focused development activities.

6. To address issues related to human rights, communal harmony and societal peace.

7. To promote decentralised energy options of renewable energy sources like – wind, solar, hydro and other relevant energy activities.

8. To undertake relief measures, rehabilitation and resettlement of natural disaster victims and victims of people made disasters.

9. To undertake climate change related activities like mitigation, adaptation and clean development mechanism projects.

10. To work towards issued based documentation, lobbying, advocacy, networking, and alliance building.

11. To carry on activities and programme incidental to the above-mentioned objects of the Association.


Core Values: Participation, democracy, transparency, gender equality, peace, social, economic and ecological justice and sustainable development.


Strategy: “Empowerment of the individual and the whole community”


Methodology: To help people discover their own village, accompany the people in their journey towards development; imbibe the elements and values of critical consciousness, involve people in recollecting the past, understanding the present and focusing on the future, and to get people to envision and empower themselves through a systematic plan of action for a better future.



People’s Vision:


“Every child should go to school and everyone in the village to be literate. Safe drinking water, a kitchen garden, good health and immunise children against diseases. None in the village will borrow loan unnecessarily or mortgage lands. Everyone shall pay and receive fair wages. Sustain humanitarian and communitarian values of respect for each other, dignity and harmonious living. Work together for a self-reliant community. Control or regulate consumption of alcohol. Save money for the future, grow trees and protect forests, weigh produce before selling and become active members in the organisation of people’s development. Utilise Government programmes that will enable change for betterment for the people. Begin to work collectively, co-operatively to attain self-sufficiency and a just sustainable and ecologically sound development village society.”





· To sustain the efforts of Integrated Rural Development Activities, strengthen the political process and involvement of leadership both women and men and communities to meaningfully participate in the grass-root democratic institutions within the given framework of Parliamentary Democracy


· To identify geo- specific bio-diversity regions and ecologically degraded areas and to develop local eco-system- including plantation, forest rights of the indigenous communities, soil conservation, and water shed activities thereby restoring community rights in control, ownership and management of these natural resources in a sustainable way towards secured livelihood


· To promote demonstrative de-centralized multiple energy options using solar, wind and water resources in specific locations of Eastern Ghats Orissa and Andhra Pradesh Hill Borders where indigenous people live) as people cantered development alternatives.


· To Strengthen the already initiated empowerment processes of ensuring entitlements of all social protection schemes and promote a space for weaker sections communities to ventilate their concern towards sustainable livelihood.


· To document specific success and failure stories and disseminate the experiential learning to Community Based organisations, Secular and Ecumenical Civil Society Organisations.


Strategic Objectives


·         Strengthening the People’s Institutions – Children Organisations, People’s Organisations, Women Organisations, Networks, Panchayati Raj Institutions

·         To work on Children issues and on People with Disability

·         To address the issue of gender discrimination and work towards gender justice

·         To work against all forms of discrimination

·         To promote, enable and address issues related to energy, environment, sustainable livelihood and sustainable development practices

·         To support communities to build community managed credit and market mechanism

·         To initiate activities addressing community-based calamity preparedness

·         To initiate and engage meaningfully towards sustainable development


Main sectors of intervention


·         Empowerment of Weaker Section

·         Capacity Building Activities

·         Women's Empowerment

·         Environment Activities

·         Rural Skills and Technology

·         Leadership Training

·         Decentralised Energy Options

·         Community Health

·         Disaster Preparedness, Response, Relief, Rehabilitation and Resettlement



1.Dalits, Adivasis, Fisher Folk and Backward communities.

2.Bonded & Landless Laborers, Marginal & Small, Farmers, Rural Artisans, Migrant Workers, LGBTQ, PWD.

3.Women and Children, Rural & Urban and Slum Poor, Victims of Disasters


Strength’s skills, competence, capacities etc. to carry out projects:


Community Development, Women's Programme, Environment programme, Rural Skills and Technology, Leadership Training and Community Health and Community Based Disaster Preparedness.




Villages covered : 300

People covered : 70,000 Adivasi and Dalits

People’s Organizations : 290 villages

Women’s Groups : 289 villages

Savings Introduced : 275 villages

Community – Cash / Grain / Seed fund : 203 villages

Government Land for Landless : 683 families

Land for Women : 4502 acres in 58 villages

Labour Cards Mobilized : 6099 persons in 275 villages

Ration Cards Mobilized : 10749 families in 289 villages

Government Housing : 75 villages covering 688 families

Children Enrolled in Schools : 4030 children

Education Assistance : 146 high school students

Patients Treated : 1,23,981 patients

Kitchen Garden Introduced : 15,059 families

Forest Protection : 129 villages

FRA Families covered : 2646 Families

FRA Lands received – acres : 3140 acres

FRA Villages Covered : 68 villages

Income Generation Activities : 3,975 persons

Skills and Technology Training : 2034 youth

Check Dam for irrigation : 29 villages

Link Roads : 41 villages

Drivers Trained : 944 youths

Computer Training : 192 youths

Housing Construction : 797 families

Mini Hydro Projects : 4 villages covering 300 families

Solar – 2 kW : 2 villages, 65 families

Bridge Course Camps Boys and Girls : 2 camps, 1231 students

Motivational Education Centre : 27 villages, 2331 students

Higher Education : 175 students

Bare-foot Engineers : 46 people from 16 villages

Bare-foot Journalist : 33 persons

Aquaculture : 21 People from 6 villages

Deomali Women Federation : 180 groups, 120 village, 4095 Women

Loko Unnyan Sangh (People’s Network) : 8 CBOs

PRI Training : 793 leaders

Adivasi Mela – 7 times : 2451 persons in 220 villages

Adivasi Samvaad – 2 : 200 People

Cultural Groups trained : 472 people

Sustainable Agricultural Farmers Trained : 1978 farmers

Sustainable Agriculture Assistance : 8200 farmers

Nursery raising : 3,33,300 – plants

People With Disability follow-up : 800 people

Low Carbon farming support : 2378 farmers

Low Carbon farming – acres covered : 5918 acres

Low Carbon farming Villages : 53 villages

Fuel Efficient Wood Stoves : 10 Villages, Families -200

International Visitors : 2350




Odisha Drought 1988 : 3200 families, 40 villages

Odisha Cyclone 1999 : 5917 families, 108 villages

Gujarat Quake 2001 : 6450 families, 41 villages

Odisha Floods 2001 : 11490 families, 175 villages

Odisha Floods 2002 : 4214 families, 96 villages

Gujarat Riots 2002 : 1223 families, 7 villages

Andhra Floods 2002 : 619 families, 45 villages

Odisha Drought 2002 : 1742 families, 27 villages

Odisha Floods 2003 : 1307 families, 60 villages

Tamilnadu – Andhra Tsunami 2005 : 20528 families, 114 villages

Andhra Floods 2005 : 1400 families, 12 villages

Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees 2006 : 1400 families, 1 camp

Andhra – Odisha Floods 2006 : 3310 families, 37 villages

Cholera outbreak Kashipur 2007 : 24000 Patients

Bihar Floods 2008 : 1000 families, 30 villages

Uttarkhand Floods 2013 : 500 families, 10 villages

Odisha Phailin Floods 2013 : 1400 families, 12 villages

Chennai Floods 2015 : 84000 People in 143 Locations

Total Emergency intervention : 992 villages covered

1.16 million Human days created through food for work and food and non-food assistance, shelter rebuilding, psychosocial accompaniment, health care and livelihood support for 63010 families.




Publications, Policy and Study:


A personal glimpse on Adivasis in 1980

A vision and a Hope of the Downtrodden - 1981

Putsil Way

Bridge Course – Education – Child out of Labour

Natural Resource Management

Sustainable Livelihoods Study

Land Alienation Study

Decentralized Energy Options

Posters on Climate Change, Mini-hydro and awareness building

Bio-diversity Register – Khond Pungar

Coastal Communities Knowledge systems

Children Policy

Finance Policy

Gender Policy

Agriculture Policy

Emergency Policy

Low Carbon Paper

Shifting Cultivation

Book on Khond Pungar Biodiversity

Science and Technology a tool for Empowerment

Indian Context and Globalisation Impact

Eco-Debt Study

ODAF Criteria

Minor Port Study

On Leadership

On Communication

Displacement Study and Paper

Development Paper

Ecological Debt Study (WCC)

Reflection on India updated in 2014

IRDWSI Profile updated in 2014

SHG Concept Note

People’s Struggles – Advocacy Initiative

Land Does not belong to us, we belong to the Land (WCC-Echo)

Displacement Issues – EPW.

On Odisha

Empowerment of Women

Traditional Medicine

On Communal Violence 2008

Life Giving Agriculture

Paper of Development or Destruction to World Bank

Dectralised Energy Options – Mini hydro a Brochure

Indian Development Scenario

Natural Resource Management by Women

IRDWSI Resource Mobilisation Efforts


Aspects for further strengthening for more effective work


Marketing, Local fund raising, Alternative technology, Professional Consultancy and Decentralised Energy Programmes.

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