Background & History
Quarry Workers Development Society was formed in 1989 by a group of socially conscious young stone quarry workers who were themselves victims of exploitation and poverty. This group was led by Mr. S.P Gnanamoni who spent his early life in a stone quarry as full time worker. His first hand witness of the injustice and unfair treatment meted out to his people awoke several questions in his mind regarding the condition and social status of his people. His quest for answers led him to associate with PEAL- People’s Education for Action and Liberation. After a brief stint with PEAL, he and some of his likeminded colleagues together started this Society to ensure social, economic and cultural development of the quarry workers and their family members.
QWDS was registered as Society under the provisions of Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975 on December 29, 1989.
Around 1.5 million quarry workers are rendering their manual labour in over 15,000 stone quarries in 26 districts of Tamil Nadu at present. QWDS’ programmes are targeted to cover as many of them.