Mr. G. G. Parikh
Started in 1961, The Centre has been engaged in multiple Philanthropic activities including COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, mainstream as well as skilling) , VILLAGE INDUSTRIES EMPOWERMENT of women and Adivasis (tribal), AGRICULTURE skilling, and Off-farm employment generation DISASTER RELIEF all this through the medium of its 10 branches across the country in (Maharashtra), Kutch (Gujarat), Nagapattinam (Tamilnadu), Orissa, M.P. Bihar. UP Uttarakhand JK and even in Kerala
G.G. Parikh. (96), born in Surendra Nagar – the then Wadhwan camp – on December 30, 1924, educated in Saurashtra, Rajasthan, UP, and Mumbai. He is a medical practitioner.
- He was in jail during the Quit India movement and also during the emergency. He was a volunteer at the famous AlCC session of the Indian National Congress in Mumbai in April 1942.
- Yusuf Meherally Centre In 1961
- When the leaders were released and the Congress Socialist Party (CSP) was formed again, he became a cadet member of the CSP and has remained a socialist.
- He was active in the student movement during his student days and was the president of the Bombay unit of the Student’s Congress in 1947 when the country became free.
- He was active in the trade union movement for a number of years and has promoted several consumer cooperatives.
- He was one of those who promoted the Yusuf MeherallyCentre in 1961 and has served it in one or the other capacity since. At present, he is its Chairman.
- He has looked after Janata, a socialist weekly, since the early fifties and is still associated with it.
- He was associated with the Yusuf Meherally Centenary Committee as its Secretary with Justice (Retd.) Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari.
- Started taking interest in the student movement in Saurashtra as well as in Mumbai since 1940.
- Remained in Jail in 1942 Quit India movement for 10 months.
- One of the promoters of the Students Congress.
- Promoted student cooperatives, Consumer cooperatives.
- Joined the Trade union movement after release from Jail in 1942.
- Became a cadet member of the CSP-Congress Socialist Party in 1946.
- Attached with the socialist movement to date.
- Connected with the JANATA weekly to date since the early 1950s.
- Went underground in Emergency and later jailed for 18 months
- Awards: FIE Foundation Award for social work
- Today at the age of 96 he works 14 hrs a day despite his infected thigh due to an uncured fracture. He gives practice at his clinic at Mumbai as a physician and travels to Yusuf Meherally Centre, a model of village industrialization situated at Tara village, 64 km from Mumbai on Mumbai Goa road.