Report By: Dr Nihar Ranjan Ray


I came in contact with this beautiful lady during my visit to SEWA head office. She drew my attention for two reasons as her verbal communication sounds so sweet on her cute face and as she looks like a college student. The next day I could ask her about her past times and the reason why she is at SEWA. Her story is so interesting and equally challenging.

Dipti rekha Banik belongs to poor family of south Gujarat. They came to Ahemadabad since 15 years when their family able to settle at the outskirts of the city. Her mother had to do some work after her father passed away. Her mother has to work day and night to bear up Dipti and her two sisters. Dipti witnessed the hard ship her mother to face for their food, clothing's and shelter. In 1995 her mother joined SEWA. SEWA was an organization for the protection of unorganized women labor at that time. SEWA was fighting for minimum wages and exploitation against women daily workers. The family of Dipti got support and benefit from SEWA. Gradually her mother got trained as a Dai. She could now earn some lively hood for her family with doing some service to the local people. Dipti and her two sisters managed to get formal education as their mother could support them now.

After intermediate education Dipti told her mother to join SEWA. Dipti worked as an ageban. She eagerly worked in the society in different campaign of SEWA. She could motivate the people with sitting them, being one of them sharing their sorrows and sufferings. Being an educated young girl she could do good work at SEWA that makes a difference. She was doing her formal education simultaneously. She has two most important things in her as a social worker. She was educated and she has immense interest in social work so that her work always makes an impact on the society and the seniors at SEWA as well.

After Dipti passed her MA in Economics she was getting number of lucrative opportunity but she liked to be with SEWA as she liked the philosophy of SEWA very much. Now she is working in Vimo SEWA division as the Ahemadabad city coordinator. Dipti changed the trends of marketing of Vimo sewa. She herself accompanies her agebans regularly. "In this way the agebans will feel encouraged "she describes.

At Navapur slum of Ahemadabad no body were just ready to listen them. Her senior told Dipti to look after the area. Dipti started the campaign there. The people of those slums are mostly Muslims and speak Urdu. Dipti first learned the Urdu. She every time greeted them in Urdu. She showed them the example of the persons got benefit from the vimo sewa. Gradually people could realize that the scheme is a good one and will help them in there need. When a vegetable vendor get the health benefit from the vimo sewa of the same community than Dipti showed that example to the whole community. Now about 30 percent family of that community bought the policy.

I found the whole story very interesting. I felt that why should not I tell the story of Dipti so that other people will get a great impetus from that.


Is Doctor having keen intrest in Social service, Public Health.

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