A group of like-minded people engaged in rural voluntary welfare work felt the need to alleviate poverty in rural area through skill development, education and generation of self-employment opportunities. Following this realization, the group under the leadership of Mr. Madhu Basu set up Economic Rural Development Society (ERDS in the year 1982 village & Post: Vikahar, P.S. & Block: Tapan, West Dinajpur (Now Dakshin Dinajpur)
It is a non-profit, secular and non-political organization dedicated to ameliorate the misery and privation of the downtrodden people. It started its journey humbly in Boral, (South 24 Parganas), Vikahar, (DakshinDinajpur), and Thinagar, (Malda).