NITIE extends help to Adivasi villages

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, distributed grocery and medical kits in remote villages in Murbad Taluka of Thane District, Maharashtra, adopted under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan – Vadachi Vadi, Shirwadi, Ekleshawadi, Shiroshi Katkariwadi, Valhivare. NITIE is helping the Adivasi villagers through training, capacity building and market access.
Due to COVID-19, the villagers were facing livelihood challenges. Prof Manoj Kumar Tiwari, Director NITIE conceptualized a novel two-way social outreach to support the villagers – distributing grocery kits and purchasing village products. NITIE team explored different products through constant interaction with villagers and selected two products based on feasibility – Papad and Bamboo baskets.
Mr Pralhad Lokade, PESA Coordinator supervised procurement and product preparation in villages. Lt Cdr (Ms) Nisha Singh (Retd.) obtained permissions and coordinated grocery procurement and kitting at institute campus.
On 5th May, NITIE team distributed 340 kits following social distancing and sanitization norms and purchased 40 kg Papad and 150 bamboo baskets from villagers. The medical team, Dr Smriti Patel and Mr Laxmikant Thopate explained basic healthcare protocols to ASHA workers and distributed medical kits – masks, gloves and sanitizers.
The villagers were happy that NITIE gave them the opportunity to earn livelihood in the difficult times.
Prof Vivek Khanzode and Prof Kanchan Joshi coordinated the entire activity and ensured the last mile delivery. NITIE is planning to identify focused intervention areas to make a difference in the lives of Adivasi villagers in future.