Vanarai - People's Movement for Green India
Our country with 325 million hectares of geographical area and having an average rainfall of 20 inches but, nearly 50% of this lands are wastelands or wasted lands. Out of the total rainwater hardly 15% of water is harvested, more than one thousand metric tons of soil is eroded and the siltation is reducing the water holding capacity of our reservoirs. It is advisable that for balance environment one third area should be under permanent green cover, to overcome the threat of climate change, process of desertification and unemployment. Our founder Padma vibhushan Mohan Dharia thought of starting an organization with the motto to avoid the destruction of our ecosystem, environment and water and hence Vanarai was registered under the charitable trust act on 10th July in the year 1986.
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To empower rural India by way of integrated sustainable rural development and enhancement of socio-economic activities at grassroots level. We work to achieve reverse migration through all round development of villages. We are committed for the development of waste lands and to make every inch of land productive.
Shri. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
During my visit to VANARAI, I came across about the work done by VANARAI…. I found that it has set up an exemplary in the country through its contribution in Environment Conservation and Sustainable Rural Development. There is dire need of more such organizations in the country.
Smt. Pratibha Tai Patil, Former President of India
People migrate to cities in search of livelihood. VANARAI has created a revolution and made the concept of reverse migration possible. The same people return to their village and yield good income from their own land and lead a comfortable and happy life.
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Former Prime Minister of India
The success of VANARAI depicts the consistent hard work, integrity and honesty of each and every operative of the organization. I congratulate everyone in VANARAI for the standing by the high principles laid down by the Founder. Many people especially the youth in the rural area will always be motivated due to the work done by VANARAI.
- Late Shri R. Venkatraman, Former President of India
Shri. Mohan Dharia was known not only just for starting a movement but making it successful through extensive hard work and determination. VANARAI has evolved as a National Movement as an outcome of the same.
Late Shri. Indarkumar Gujral, Former Prime Minister of India
MohanDhariaji has initiated a concept, which is getting converted to People’s movement…This is an apt example for other departments on ‘How a country is developed or how is a Nation build’.
Shri H. D. DeveGowda, Former Prime Minister of India
Wasteland development movement started by VANARAI,helps in making the barren land into productive.This will definitely help in combating the dearth of food grans in the country.
- Shri. Prithviraj Chavan, Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra
VANARAI through its commendable developmental work for common man, has set forth a great example before the society. Through this, we will definitely find the answers on various issues which are outcome of Global Warming.
- Late Shri R. R. Patil, Former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra
VANARAI is like a ‘Torch Bearer’ for everyone in solving the grievous question of ‘Migration from villages to cities’. I don’t care if I get or don’t get any office bearing positions in my Political career, however it would be an honor for me to be called as associate of VANARAI.
- Shri. Rajendra Singh, Waterman of India
VANARAI is doing very good and undertaking various developmental projects under the eminent leadership of Shri. Ravindra Dharia. He is consistently putting efforts to abide by the principles laid down by the Founder of VANARAI, Dr. Mohan Dharia, who implemented the waterconservation activities like ‘Vanarai Bunds’ throughout his lifespan.
- Late Shri. Narendra Dabholkar Founder, Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti
When an Organization is combatting against grievous problems of the Nation, one should not only use the dipstick of measuring the work, instead should look at the number of the people inspired from the work done. In this sense, the work done by VANARAI in the last 25 years is truly overwhelming.