As India registers strong economic growth, significant challenges remain with regard to inequity, unemployment, food insecurity, natural disasters and climate change. Given these complexities, direct participation of people will increasingly play a transformative role.
Synergized efforts of 1.25 billion Indians in cohesion can be a force multiplier, volunteers as channels of delivery can be instrumental in achieving many of the social developmental mission mode schemes aimed at achieving an inclusively developed India by 2022. Volunteerism lies at the heart of this process. India@75 strives to position itself as a facilitator to provide a platform for stakeholders to converge, collaborate and forge partnerships through its various volunteer initiatives like Count Me In, Pro Bono, and National Volunteer Week etc. These initiatives are gaining momentum and sure to create a domino’s effect for volunteerism in India.
The NVG aims to capture the process and assess the impact with a larger objective of developing a scalable model through collaboration of diverse stakeholders like the Government, Industry, Civil Society Organizations, Students, Homemakers, etc. I am sure it will motivate and encourage all Indians across geographical and social spectrums to get engaged with the nation building exercise and give their bit to be a part of the Indian growth story, which is bound to be a gratifying experience.
Chairman,India@75 Foundation & Chairman, Godrej Group