LIST OF BENEFICIARIES UNDER DEEN DAYAL DISABLED REHABILITATION SCHEME
Rashtriya Seva Samithi (earlier Rayalaseema Seva Samithi) was conceived and organised in 1981 by a Sarvodaya leaders such as Late Sri P.Rajagopal Naidu, Late Sri Kilari Krishnamurthy, Late Sri Ratnabai Srinivasa Rao, with blessings of Senior Parliament Gandhian Late Sri N.G.Ranga / Gandhian social activists, Dr. G Muniratnam of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh in South India.
RASS was officially registered under societies registration act in 1981 with its headquarters located at Tirupati. Rashtriya Seva Samithi began its work in rain shadow region of Rayalaseema covering Chittor, Kadapa, Anantapur and Kurnool districts. Over a period of time it extended its operations to five states in India viz., AP, Karnataka, Orissa, Tamilnadu and Delhi. It covers 2560 villages, 3.10 million people and has a staffing strength around 2000 employees. Rashtriya Seva Samithi is at present manages around forty different development programmes funded by government and private donor agencies.
RASS represents a healthy era in GO-NGO relations in the state and perhaps, serves as a shining example for joint operations with the government. The canvas, nature, versatility of programmes and liaison with almost every government line department vouchsafe for the efficacy of the organisation in the field of poverty alleviation programmes and development interventions in the region. The scale of operations and quantum of inputs into various activities make it a very special and different NGO in the annals of the history of voluntary agencies in the post independent era.
RASS remains secular in nature despite its large scale operations and coverage. Today it can be referred to as a semi national NGO. Rather it considers itself as a country-level Community Based Organisation (CBO).
The core focus of the organisation is on - women and children in difficult circumstances and, engaging them in development work; working for gender equality through participation and making people own the process.