Tagor Society for Rural Development (TSRD)

Tagore Society for Rural Development (TSRD) was founded in 1969 by Pannalal Dasgupta and Loknayak Jai Prakash Narayan, two eminent freedom fighters and political leaders. From its beginnings with a small drought relief program in Birbhum, TSRD today works out of 10 project locations in the three states of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa.
We were among the first NGOs to work in the Sunderbans and Dandakaranya region of Orissa and almost all our project locations have been in underserved and remote locations and usually have a high percentage of tribal/Dalit population. Sectors like Agriculture, Education, Environment, Forestry, Health, and Livelihoods are the foundations of our comprehensive rural development agenda.

TSRD started the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH - Innovative) Programme in 1999 and was the only NGO in eastern India to work under the Innovative Programme under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. The present RCH II Project under TSRD began from August, 2006. We have a substantial RCH (Health and Family Welfare Dept, Government of West Bengal) portfolio which includes Maternal Care, Adolescent Care, and Child Care and Family Planning etc. In three island blocks of the Sunderbans, TSRD is rendering RCH services along with advocacy and motivation under Innovative Program of RCH-II. In the tribal dominated Jharkhand, as a Mother NGO under Dept.of H&FW, Jharkhand, implementing-II and Sahiyya program.
TSRD is supported by various State and Central Government departments, private foundations and foreign aid agencies. We have been proud partners of Bread For the World, KKS and EZE, all from Germany, ICCO, Netherlands, Action Aid, UK, and the Kyoto Forum, Japan and the World Bank among many others.

In the changing development scenario of today's India, TSRD seeks to play a larger role in the critical areas of Advocacy, Civic Engagement and Research.