NAB State Branches Department
During its Silver Jubilee year in 1977, NAB (India) convened the Third All India Conference on Work for the Blind, where Capt. H.J.M. Desai, the then Honorary Secretary General of NAB (India) presented two thought provoking papers on the importance of establishing a nationwide network of services for the visually challenged. Inspired by these presentations of Capt. Desai, several workers in the field of blind welfare took the initiative of establishing Branches all over India.
The first Branch of NAB (India) now known as NAB Tamil Nadu State Branch was established on January 28, 1960. This was followed by opening of Branches in Kerala, Gujarat and so on.
A full-fledged Committee for NAB State Branches was constituted in September 1980, and subsequently the NAB State Branches Department was set up to guide the Branches for starting various blind welfare activities, monitor these activities, keep track of their progress, besides looking after the overall administration of the Branches.
The multifarious activities taken up by NAB (India) for promotion of blind welfare – in the areas of blindness prevention, education, rehabilitation, vocational training, employment, community-based rehabilitation, services for the elderly blind, sports & recreation etc. – are replicated by our State Branches all over India.
Guidelines for starting a State Branch of NAB (India)
In every State or Union Territory, where 11 persons willingly come together to form a Branch of NAB (India), should first individually enroll as Life Members of NAB (India), and then establish the State Branch with the prior approval of the Executive Council of NAB (India).
The State Branch though registered under appropriate legislation, remains under the general direction and supervision of NAB (India).
A Branch may frame its owns rules and regulations based on the guidelines provided in the Model Constitution for State Branches, subject to prior approval of the Executive Council of NAB (India).