There are virtually no employment opportunities for the differently abled in Guwahati. Thus, economic rehabilitation of the differently abled was an issue which needed to be addressed. Mr. Kaushik Das left his job to start Atma Nirbhar-Ek Challenge to address this issue.
Mr. Bhaskar Barua, the President of Managing Committee of Atma Nirbhar - Ek Challenge is a retired officer of the Indian Administrative Services and was formerly the Chief Secretary of Assam. In his long and illustrious career he has held many prestigious positions including a stint in the United Nations for two and a half years.
Atma Nirbhar - Ek Challenge was founded with the objective of providing economic rehabilitation to physically and mentally challenged adults, and aims to offer opportunities to physically and mentally challenged individuals to work with dignity and earn a living.
For this, they run a facility to blend and package their own brand of NavJeevan tea and spices. They provide employment to 39 beneficiaries (16 of who have speech and hearing impairment, while the other 23 are either mentally or physically challenged.).
The vision of the organisation is to build a world where the differently abled get an equal opportunity to participate and work with dignity.