RRDT An Initiative of its Kind

It is known fact that majority of our population live in rural areas. Of late, the trend of movement of rural population to urban areas has become more pronounced. The reasons for this, are not only economic but the quality of life available in urban areas also plays a decisive factor.

Gujarat state realized quite early the need to raise the level of rural infrastructure for betterment of quality of life there. Among many initiatives in this direction, Gokul Gram Yojana (GGY) is most noteworthy.

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has always taken its social obligation seriously. It is in this context that Reliance Rural Development Trust (RRDT) has been formed. RRDT has been actively participating with the Government of Gujarat in creation of facilities under GGY.

In a span of about eight years, RRDT has constructed/undertaken 6246 facilities across 5558 villages located in all nooks and corners of the State. Many of these villages are so remote that RRDT facility is the first of its kind of those villages. The quality of construction stands out, so much so, that people vie for getting a facility sanctioned for their village. It is this trust and confidence that we at RRDT try to live up to. In fact, we deem it a privilege to be associated with this noble venture. For this, our thanks to the State Government and its various organs.

Rural Gujarat and Reliance

Gujarat, has attracted the attention of the whole nation and also the world for its vibrant and ambitious road-map of extensive development. The progressive out-look and approach of the Government of Gujarat reflect in its policies, programs and performance. Gokul Gram Yojana (GGY) is one of such programs of the State Government meant for creating rural infrastructure.

Reliance Rural Development Trust (RRDT) has been the partner in progress in this area with the Government of Gujarat since September 2001. Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL); the promoter of the RRDT; has a humble but noteworthy presence in the industrial arena of the State. A textile unit in Naroda near Ahmedabad, a petrochemical complex at Hazira near Surat, a huge world-class industrial complex at Jamnagar consisting of petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants; and two large petrochemical complexes at Vadodara and Dahej of erstwhile IPCL are in ambit of RIL in Gujarat.

Despite tremendous and enviable industrial and business achievements, Reliance has always remained committed and attached to the basic human and social values. Initiated by the legendary Shri Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder chairman and furthered by Shri Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director RIL is willingly and efficiently pursuing the humble tradition of shouldering corporate social responsibilities in right earnest.

RRDT took up responsibility of implementation of the GGY, under the directives from the Government of Gujarat, in a planned and sustained manner in September 2001. As a result, in a span of about eight years, 6246 facilities in 5558 beneficiary villages of 213 taluka of 25 districts in the State are created. The facilities include construction of Anganwadis (2492), Panchayat Houses (741), Village Roads (1384), Community Halls (1515), Check Dams (28) and Drinking Water Facilities (81). Crux of the whole affair is the approach adopted and practiced by the RRDT team to this noble government task. Employment of local labours and procurement of construction materials viz. sand, bricks, stones etc locally are given priority while creating village facilities.

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