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Reliance farmer project to grow

india Updated: Mar 14, 2013 00:31 IST
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Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), is set to expand its flagship initiative Bharat India Jodo (BIJ) with a view to help create livelihood opportunities for farmers on the margins and rural communities.

The Foundation's chairperson Nita Ambani on her visit to tribal village Selarpur, near Surat in south Gujarat, said the initiative aims to achieve transformation of rural India through a process of institutionalisation of sustainable framework for livelihoods.

Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani with villagers in Selarpur, Gujarat. HT Photo

"We launched our project in this tiny village last year. Farmers are mostly marginal with small landholding and farming is totally rain-fed. So, first we started with a watershed project," she said while interacting with media persons at the village.

"Livelihood and food security for each household in the village are the main focus areas of the project," she added.

The project is being implemented in 250 villages across 10 states in the country targeting 20,000 marginal households from backward and marginalised communities.

On Wednesday, during her day-long visit to the remote village, she mingled with locals speaking in Gujarati, asking them about their needs and how the foundation can help them in improving their living conditions and playing Gujarati dandia with tribal women.