Background

Banjara Development Society is registered in the year 1990, for and by the Silicosis affected people in the villages of Farooq nagar Mandal, Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, India to rehabilitate and compensate the families affected by the dreadful disease Silicosis due to exposure to silica in the quartz mines operated by Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC). Initially the organization concentrated in organizing medical camps to diagnose the disease and treating the people who were prone to respiratory and other diseases. Started schools in the interior habitations and mainstreamed them in the Government schools. Simple form of vermi culture among the Tribal and Dalit families has been introduced in the area. Gradually the organization has expanded its activities to other parts of the state after inducting new members into the society. Subsequently BDS has been associated with several activities focused on most disadvantaged sections of our society through innovative approach of combining technology or medico legal initiatives to issues affecting the lives and livelihoods of people. BDS has also pioneered use of legal aid for policy changes to improve the lives of thousands of people.

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