2.11 A torch lit
When Dr Mahler, as others, had thought it would take
five to ten years to formulate the programme, Dr Benjamin had retorted:
You have a maximum of two years and then we shall start.
In these two years of intense and stimulating research,
the NTI translated rhetoric into reality. With such support, as envisaged
in the five year plans, forthcoming from the centre and the states, the
NTI was bound to play a vital role in establishing the DTCs and training
key personnel running them. It would be a sustained effort intended to
cover all districts of India, widening its coverage and gathering speed
as it progressed. The form and content of this gigantic effort contained
epidemiological, sociological, technical and administrative inputs, with
a stress on community participation.
Group photo of Control section staff with TO trainees