Mr Kolekar started his development work in 1976 as he joined the GVS scheme of Mumbai University as a volunteer. He initially worked with an NGO, Rural Communes and then returned to his native place to initiate the development projects. He decided to work for the deprived community in Western Ghat and that’s how Shramjivi Janata Sahayyak Mandal (SJSM) was establisehed in 1980. He has more than 40 years of experience in the field of community development.
Mr Kolekar carries extensive knowledge and understanding in the development sector. With his strong commitment and leadership qualities, he has developed various institutions for the upliftment of rural and poor communities. He has developed cooperative movement as an effective medium of social as well as economic development.Mr Kolekar has received several awards for his work in the development sector. Being a democratic leader, he has built a strong team,which has been working along with him for more than 30 years. Currently, Mr Kolekar is the Chairman of SJSM.