Savita Rakte

savita-rakte

“I want to act as the bridge between women and the government and oversee implementation of PDS in my village.”

She wants to identify and handhold similar spirited women from every ward of her village who can increase the outreach of her work. Her key focus is to work towards creating better access of schemes for women and widows, because women at times do not have the money to even travel to government offices. She wants to act as a bridge between them and the authorities. In addition to that, she also wants to oversee the proper implementation of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in her village which she thinks is very critical for poor households.

Savita tai, from Terkheda, Osmanabad, has been an active leader in her village for many years. In her village, she has worked on a range of issues such as women’s literacy, health, anti-alcoholism, women’s enterprise by providing market and bank linkage, working closely with Gram Sabha for better implementation of various schemes in her village. Also, as an ASHA worker, she has a great inclination towards working on health issues especially with children and adolescent girls and on spreading awareness of diseases such as cancer.

Savita tai’s story as a leader is an inspiring one but her journey as an individual is even more inspiring. After losing her husband, her life came to a standstill for a while; however, she quickly made a choice to move on and start a new chapter. It was not easy at first.

Savita tai shares her difficult experiences of trying to get her widow’s pension and other entitlements. After overcoming personal crises, she was inspired to help other women like her. Savita also understands the immense strength of women’s networks and wants to create a united front for women in her village. She wants to identify and handhold similar spirited women from every ward of her village who can increase the outreach of her work. She has a very vibrant vision for her community and that is rooted in a very basic desire – to never have to see other women like her go through similar struggles.

Her village has a population of 10,000, of who 4000 are women. According to her, schemes do not reach women and especially widows. Her key focus is to work towards creating better access of schemes for women and widows, because women at times do not have the money to even travel to government offices. She wants to act as a bridge between them and the authorities. In addition to that she also wants to oversee the proper implementation of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in her village which she thinks is very critical for poor households.