Institutional Background

We at Dishantar committed to contribute adequate food, clean water, unpolluted air, shelter, education, health care and gainful employment to underprivileged communities. Purpose of above all development should lead to an enhanced capacity to engage in social, political and economic decision making.

Vision: Becoming Change Agent for Patriotic, Knowledgeable, Ethical & Sustainable Society


Registration Act Registration Date Place of Registration Registration No.
Society Act, 1860 14.03.2013 Ratnagiri MH- 4982
Trust Act, 1950  06.05.2013 Ratnagiri F- 4964
Income Tax Department PAN No.  AABTD8364 R
Income Tax Act, 1961 Section 12AA(1)(b)(i)  10.09.2015 Pune PN/CIT(Exemp.)/Tech/12AA/Pune Rg./578/108/2015-16/2527
Income Tax Act, 1961 Section 80G(5)(vi)  30.09.2015 Pune PN/CIT(Exemp.)/Tech/80G/197/2015-16/5716
MCA Registration for CSR   22.04.2021 Delhi CSR00003091


NGO Darpan Unique ID (Organization Id as per Govt. of India NGO Partnership System): MH/2013/0058861
Guide Star Number (GSN): 6320
Organisation Id as per Planning Commission’s NGO Partnership System: MH/2013/0058861

Institutional Background:

OUR VIEW: Dishantar firmly believes that “Democracy works when citizens and the most marginalized people have the capability to ask questions, seek accountability from the state and participate in the process of governance. Democracy becomes meaningful when people can shape the state and the state, in turn, creates enabling social, political, economic and legal conditions wherein, people can exercise their rights and realize the freedom from fear and want”. Dishantar is a grassroots NGO presently working in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra in India. The organization’s mission is to empower the underprivileged community in their drive for freedom and development. As part of tribal development programme Dishantar has brought forward model tribal hamlet at Nirbade Khindwadi in Chiplun block of Ratnagiri district. Dishantar has supported Nirbade Khindwadi’s efforts for getting mainstreamed. Before 15 years, this hamlet was living in medieval ages and today they are taking privileges of hi-tech development tools e.g. water purifiers, solar lights, POS banking service and so on. Few other hamlets in the district are trying to follow this model with Dishantar’s hand- holding support. Dishantar is also working with the primitive shepherd (Dhangar) community which is far away in terms of distance and far behind in terms of development. They do not have access to basic public amenities even after 73 years of India’s Independence. Dishantar is trying to mainstream them in development by increasing their access to education, careers and enhanced standard of living.Development initiatives cannot be succeeded without active participation of women and hence Dishantar conducts activities for economic and social empowerment of women. Natural resource based livelihood activities for sustainable development is an integral part of Dishantar’s initiatives.

Other activities of Dishantar include supporting education of underprivileged children through Course Book Banks for college students and provision of scholarships for bright orphan, single parent students from underprivileged community. We have been engaged in Adolescents’ capacity building to make them competent enough to shape their future in right direction with due recognition to Indian values.

Health initiatives for rural community especially women and children are also being conducted. Dishantar’s health camps are not just one day event but the community members who need to be treated further e.g. surgery, costly treatment are supported by making financial provisions in support with Charity trusts working for the purpose all over Maharashtra.

Course Book Bank: Dishantar has started Course Book Bank consisting 21319 books worth Rs. 1644828/- benefiting 25290 students in 31 Junior Colleges from Rural Ratnagiri where the students from remote areas study. Dishantar doesn’t charge a single penny to students or colleges for this initiative.
Scholarship: Dnyanyadnya Scholarship has been given to 193 students by making available total scholarship for Rs. 21,02,733/-. Tata Education and Development Trust has provided support for this scholarship programme.
Ideal Tribal Hamlet: Nirbade Khindwadi has come forward as an ideal tribal hamlet by adopting positive steps of civilization e.g. Freedom from alcohol abuse, schooling and higher education, better housing, electrification, health and sanitation status. Use of solar energy, water purification technology for betterment.
Water: Successfully implemented Sujal Project, a project for safe drinking water to 125underprivileged community households. It has sustainably enabled community to adopt better hygienic practices at household level. In Kamthe, construction of RCC bund had taken place on stream to hold water flow-off and enhance water level of dug-well to check water scarcity issue of 159 families with 551 members.
Sanitation: 98 underprivileged households from Nirbade, Dalvatne and Pophli have been supported to set individual household latrine units enabling and empowering them to improve quality of life. 2 public toilets (5 seater) have been constructed in Akle for 54 families with 181 population. In Ovli, 22 Katkari families with a population of 130 were provided with bore-well and water tank. In Devkherki Sutarwadi 1.5 hp water pump, 500 mtr pipeline and readymade RCC water tanks with 9600 ltr. capacity were installed for 45 families with a population of 217.
Health: Health camps organized by Dishantar are to achieve the objective of better health for underprivileged community. 1461 community members have been benefited from health camps. 28 patients have been made available medical aid worth Rs. 13.25 lakhs.
Adishakti (Adolescents’ Capacity Building): Adolescence is an important stage of growth for children. Intervention at this stage can help girls overcome barriers to empowerment in adulthood since girls represent the next generation of mothers and social and economic actors. Hence, we conduct series of capacity building workshops for girls to make them aware about their own personality, to enhance their knowledge about physical and mental health by conducting sessions such as facilitation by psychologist , legal advisor, gynecologist, career consultants and so on. Till now, 1000 girls have participated in this initiative.
Annapurna (Women Farm Entrepreneurship): 192 farmers from 13 groups (SHGs and farmers’ groups) from Vehele, Kalvande and Moravne village from Chiplun block of Ratnagiri district are engaged in project activities. This project has brought forward scalable and replicable model of farm entrepreneurship. It’s a complexion of traditional knowledge and present S&T. Self-sustainable, no middle agents in the market, organic farming, cooperative farming are the characteristics of Annapurna project. 135 acres land has been brought under cultivation under this project.
Udaan (Women Entrepreneurship):548 women from 54 Self Help Groups from Chiplun block have been activated for initiating income generation activities like agriculture allied activities, fruit processing; value added products, catering,tailoring, etc.