As its focus area for the next few years, NADE has taken on itself the challenging task of tackling the massive unemployment problem of the disabled in India. In an endeavour to provide complete economic rehabilitation, NADE has launched a pioneering initiative called Project “Unnati” to set up a national level Vocational-cum-Management Training Institute alongwith a unique Factory-type Rehabilitation Centre at Navi Mumbai as well as Cooperative Workshops for the disabled in every District of Maharashtra State in the next seven years. This network will be replicated in other States also in the Country on a phased basis in partnership with local NGOs/Institutions. Project “Unnati” aims to turn its disabled workers into shareholders, making it a unique “worker-cum-owner” venture. Project “UNNATI” was launched on 1st December 1999 at a special function in Mumbai.
Under project Unnati, beneficiaries would be composed of (a) 70% unemployed Disabled persons, (b) 20% Women in distress & (c) 10% needy Aged persons and Slow Learners so that the beneficiaries could support each other to carry on the various production/ servicing/trading activities with 100% quality and timely delivery.