SEVA BHARATI EXTENDS HELPING HAND TO J&K FLOOD VICTIMS
The Sewa Bharati organisation extended its helping hand in flood-hit Jammu & Kashmir regions. Hundreds of Karyakartas worked day & night to rescue thousands of people trapped, arranged the last rites of the dead, built temporary shelters for the homeless, distributed blankets & warm clothes, arranged langars, milk for children, medical aid etc. Seva Bharti has appealed for generous donations for alleviating the sufferings and assist the relief and rehab work. For more information,email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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SWAYAMSEVAKS COLLECT OLD NEWSPAPERS TO HELP ORPHANAGE
Sewa Vibhag of RSS in Banashankari under Bengaluru organised an old newspapers collection drive as part of the Sewa Sanghik on August 31. The swayamsevaks reached out to individual houses in Banashankari, Padmanabhanagar, JP Nagar and other nearby areas and collected old newspapers from them. The money collected by selling the newspapers would be used for education and food expenses of the children staying in an orphanage called ‘NELE’. Nele is a project of Hindu Seva Pratishthana and has six centres across Bengaluru city. This provides free shelter, food and education for destitute children. People received the drive very well and appreciated the effort. A total of 1,000 kg old newspapers were collected. About 1,000 swayamsevaks participated in the drive for two hours.
EKAL WINS IMPACT CONTEST-2014
Harvard University conducts a Model United Nations Programme (HMUN) each year in Hyderabad. It announced "Impact Contest-2014" in which participating delegates were allowed to nominate an NGO of their choice, which works towards the UN Millennium development goals. They were asked to prepare a three-minute video for a campaign to support the NGO. The NGO whose video has the most online popularity was to receive an award from them. The fund collected by HMUN India from their charity initiative this year was to be awarded to the winner. A youth member of the Ekal, Shyam Sriram, represented EKAL Vidyalaya. Shyam visited Amrakavas village at Alwar, Rajasthan to capture the good work being done by EKAL team and presented his video. The nomination was accepted and the campaign was on for about 20 days. The participants were judged on few factors—legitimacy of the organisation, the online popularity and their impact towards their communities. Finally, Ekal Vidyalaya won the competition.
SWAYAMSEVAKS IN ACTION IN VADODARA FLOODS
The alarming Vishwamitri River brimmed over in Vadodara, leaving several areas of the city in waist-deep water on September 10. Over 20,000 persons were evacuated to safer locations across the district due to the flash floods. In Vadodara city, 12,761 were moved to safer areas while 9,528 from villages were relocated.
The water released from Ajwa reservoir in early hours of September 10 lead to flooding in Vishwamitri and the water level of 34 feet. 15-20 per cent of the city was waterlogged due to the floods when level of water reached 34 feet.
SEWA USA – HOUSTON CHAPTER
The organisation is conducting multitude of activities, especially for Bhutanese refugees. Sewing and tailoring classes have been moving along smoothly due to the huge effort of the dedicated volunteers. Sewing classes are intended to help students develop their sewing skills and sell their products for profit. Computer Literacy Classes were launched on 8th July which help refugees develop their computer literacy skills that are important for their self-empowerment. Children’s activities have been a huge hit among the children living in Los Arcos. Activities include arts and crafts, games, sing-alongs, etc.
Sewa partnered with Texas Children's Hospital to provide free immunizations for children living at the Los Arcos apartments. Get Inspired Houston (GIH) interns began holding weekly health camps in the Los Arcos apartment on Thursday, July 10th. In these health camps, GIH interns discuss various health topics with the aim of improving health within the community. These topics include nutrition and hygiene, women’s health, and tobacco.
HARVESTING FOR SURVIVAL
India is blessed with adequate rainfall as a whole, yet there are large swathes of dry and drought prone areas. Per capita availability of water is on the fast decline because of burgeoning population. Agriculture is said to be the single largest consumer of water, but industrial demand now shows the fastest growth. A disturbing fact about ground water is that it is increasingly getting polluted due to access use of pesticides in the fields. Bore wells and tube wells are either silting up, getting short of water or are drawing polluted water. Private purchase of water from tankers is unreliable in quality and also is expensive.
In this situation it makes ecological and financial sense not to waste the rain water available in large quantity on our roofs. Dr PC Jain of Udaipur realised this fact about two decades back and started persuading people to save rain water. Because of his efforts over 1,400 families of the city including various institutions like the Railways, medical college, etc conserve rain water. This system uses a building’s rooftop as a catchment area. After the rain falls, the water is channeled through pipe directly to the bore well or the tube well. A 1,000 square ft of roof area with one cm rain fall yields 1,000 litre of water in an average year of rain. This reveals the potential in rainwater harvesting.
Dr Jain clicked the idea around 1990 when he read a news item in a leading English daily. The news was from Dewas (Madhya Pradesh), where the people had decided to do something about their chronic water shortage. The entire city embarked on a massive rainwater harvesting programme and had phenomenal success in meeting their water needs and recharging their severely depleted groundwater table. Inspired with it Dr Jain started the work in Udaipur, thus becoming an unusual doctor. He encouraged all kinds of local citizens to install rainwater systems in their homes, offices, schools and community buildings. Interestingly, his wife, Dr Manju Jain, a homeopath, is his close associate in this endeavour.
Dewas water filter that Dr Jain has adopted enjoys the backing of Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) also. When asked how he started the work he says, “First I installed the system in my own house. It not only improved the water level but also bettered the taste of water. Buoyed over it I approached the Medical College to adopt it. But there were two opinions there on it. But the laboratory results silenced all the critics. Then I spoke to my friends, relatives and the people of the city at large. Meanwhile, the Railways also agreed to install the system to recharge an old well at Rana Pratap Railway Station.” Installation of the system in one house costs about Rs 10,000. If one installs it in the under construction house the cost reduces to just Rs 5,000.
The wonder that Dr PC Jain does
1,400 families in Udaipur opt for roof top water harvesting
System costs Rs 10,000 in old buildings and just Rs 5,000 in under construction houses
Conducts street plays, bhajans, songs, presentations in conferences, congregations in clubs to motivate people
Both husband and wife dedicated to the cause
De-addicted 3,500 people of alcohol, tobacoo, heroin, opium, etc.
Why Rainwater harvesting is need of the hour?
Provides supplemental water for the city requirement
Increases soil moisture levels for greenery
Mitigates flooding and improves the quality of groundwater
Reduces demand on bore wells/tube wells enabling ground water levels to be sustained.
Rajasthan has a rich tradition of rain water harvesting since ancient time. Majority of the old houses used to have water tanks known as ‘tankas’ in local parlance. The water stored in ‘tankas’ was used throughout the year. The old houses with ‘tankas’, in Jodhpur and in the capital city of Jaipur can be seen even today and they are very much in use. In Jaipur, it is known as chauka system. Unfortunately, the new generations have ignored this method. But now they realise the old system was better.
Dr Jain is committed to the cause so much that he conducts different activities to educate the people—perform street plays, organise bhajans and songs, conducts presentations in conferences, congregations in clubs and meetings with local people. “We can produce anything in the labs but not the water. Therefore the only option is to save it today for tomorrow,” he says lamenting that he has so far spent about Rs 80,000 on writing to different authorities but the response has been very poor. But he is satisfied with the outcome of his efforts in Udaipur. All the families who opted for it witnessed miraculous results both in quality of water and in water level. A salty well turned sweet. Similarly, a girls’ hostel, which used to spend Rs 3.65 lakh per year on water tankers, saves this amount every year after installing this system. According to CGWB, hardly 10 per cent of the rainwater goes into the land and rest flows through the drains. It is because of the concrete roads, streets and the sewage system. The access drawing of ground water has adversely damaged the quality of the water. “Rain water has the capacity to maintain this balance,” Dr Jain adds.
Experts say India can save 85 billion cubic meter water through harvesting rain water alone, which is more than the water flows in certain rivers like Krishna (78.12 billion cubic meter), Kavery (21) Mahanadi (66), Narmada (45 billion cubic meters), etc. The Central Ground Water Board has identified 9,41,541 sq. meter area in the country where ground water recharge system can be adopted on large scale. But this work has to be done by the State governments and not by the Centre. The governments of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra have taken some effective steps in this regard. In Tamil Nadu alone it proved excellent and many states took it as role model. Since its implementation, Chennai saw a 50 per cent rise in water level in five years and the water quality significantly improved. Officially, rooftop rainwater harvesting systems are now mandatory for new buildings in 18 of the country’s 28 states and four of the seven Union Territories. But the poor implementation draws poor results. Dr PC Jain’s initiative is eye opener for all of us. Instead of erying for water pollution or scarcity, we should take steps to recharge the ground water level if we wish to keep the lifeline of our future generations functioning.
SWAYAMSEVAKS HELP BUS VICTIMS
On August 31, a private bus carrying 78 devotees from Kolkata unexpectedly caught fire at Thirupullanai, near Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu early morning at around 1 am. The devotees were moving towards Kanyakumari after having darshan of Lord Ramanathaswamy at Ramesh-waram. Five persons died on the spot and five were injured and hospitalised. On hearing the news, the swayamsevaks from Ramanathapuram district rushed to the spot. Shri Aadalarasan, Prant Karyavah, along with swayamsevaks coordinated the relief activity.
SWAYAMSEVAKS CLEAN HEBBAL FLY OVER SURROUNDINGS IN BENGALURU
The Sewa Vibhag of the RSS in Bengaluru organised ‘Sewa Sanghik’ on August 31 near Hebbal Fly Over. Nearly 259 swayamsevaks along with 50 BBMP workers cleaned the surroundings. They also cleaned areas near railway track and the nearby temples. Shri Krishnamurthy, RSS Mahanagar Sewa Pramukh requested the public, street merchants and others to maintain cleanliness at their surroundings. BBMP Yelahanka Commissioner Virupaksha Mysore, BBMP Member Ashwattha Narayan Gouda, Dr Jayaprakash, RSS Bengaluru Mahanagar Sah Karyavah and others were also present during the Sewa Sanghik.
SEWA INTERNATIONAL BHARAT (SIB) Appeal for support to flood - hit people in Jammu & Kashmir
Sewa International is working with Jammu Kashmir Sahayata Samiti for providing relief to the flood affected. Your timely help may save a life, provide food to the hungry or shelter to people who have been displaced due to floods.
Kolkata unit of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram organised a two-day medical camp in Simlapal and Ranibandh Blocks of Bankura district in West Bengal from July 19 to 20. On July 19, the camp began at Butsahar village, about 25 km from Garhbeta station deep into forest area, where 450 patients, mostly Vanvasi, were provided medical services and treatments.
A total of 53 patients were identified with eyesight problem for whom spectacles were to be sent in about 20-30 days. A total of 44 patients were identified with cataract and othereye problems needing surgery or advance treatments. These patients were brought to Kolkata on July 28 for surgery and treatment. On July 20, the camp was organised in Nachana village, 10 km from Ranibandh. A total of 390 were treated. The health team included doctors and medical students from CMC, NRS, KPC and AIIMS. They were assisted with teams of 20+ volunteers from local villages at each place.
SWAYAMSEVAKS RUSH IN FOR RESCUE OPERATION AT PUNE LANDSLIDE
On July 30, a massive landslide, occurred in Malin Village of Ambegaon tehsil in Pune.This turned the whole village into debris. All 44 houses and around 200 locals residing in them were hit by the landslide caused by a burst of heavy rainfall. A team of National Disaster ResponseForce (NDRF) of 80 people reached the spot but with continued heavy rains relief operations were still difficult. Before the official operation could start, Shri Ganesh Khandeshi, a swayamsevak of Dibhe who also holds the responsibility of Amegaon Taluka Karyavah of RSS reached there. He instantly informed the swayamsevaks from Manchar and Moshi and a team of around 60 swayamsevaks reached there. Due to rains and increasing number of people and relatives pouring in toward Malin, it was difficult to take control of the situation. Still swayamsevaks along with the NDRF volunteers started the work around 3pm and rescued a woman and a child at around 5 pm.
The real testing work was managing the last rites of dead bodies. Administration was clearing the debris but nobody was bothered about the dead bodies. As the whole village was infected and no relative was alive to claim the bodies, performing last rituals was the real challenge. The swayamsevaks not only assured to get necessary material for the funeral but ensured dignified last rites. In fact, district administration officially issued letter to the RSS team to handle this matter. The work of managing the team ofdoctors, helping the administration in getting the dead bodies out of debris and performing last rites continued for three days.
YESTERDAY’S ‘RECEIVERS’ ARE TURNING INTO TODAY’S ‘GIVERS’
The Sangh swayamsevaks today carry out 1,38,667 sewa projects across the country. One of the major outcomes of these projects is that those who’ve received the sewa yesterday are now involved in serving others. This change of mindset symbolises the impact of the sewa work by Sangh swayamsevaks. The Editor of Organiser Prafulla Ketkar and Senior Correspondent Pramod Kumar spoke to RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sewa Pramukh Shri Suhasrao Hiremath in Delhi to know about the sewa activities. Excerpts:
• What is the present status of the services being carried out by Sangh swayamsevaks across the country?
The Sangh swayamsevaks carry out sewa activities at different levels through about 600 organisations. Most of these organisations are now a part of the Rashtriya Sewa Bharati—an umbrella organisation formed through 2003. These organisations run about 57,000 service projects across the country. The other organisations, which we call mother organisations like VHP, Kalyan Ashram, Deendayal Research Institute (DRI), Bharat Vikas Parishad, Sewa Bharati, Saksham, etc. run about 81,000 projects. Hence, we can say that the swayamsevaks together run a total of 1,38,667 projects in the country today. We have projects dedicated for education, health, social uplift and self-reliance. The projects range from Balwadis to schools, dispensaries tohospitals, Self-Help Groups (SHGs) to employment training institutes, and Bhajan Mandalis to hostels. The schools run by Vidya Bharati are not accounted as sewa work—they are treated as constructive activity.
• What is the thinking behind organising Sewa Sangams?
With the objective of bringing all workers associated with the sewa work together to help them visualise the big picture and the vision of the work done, help them share their experiences with each other and above all boost their self-confidence, the first Sewa Sangam was organised in Bengaluru in 2010. About 1000 workers attended that Sewa Sangam. In fact, many of them expanded sewa work in their respective areas after attending that Sangam. I have no hesitation in saying that our Bengaluru Sewa Sangam has almost doubled the service projects and helped the workers extend their learnings in other fields.
• What is the contribution of sewa work in national life?
Swayamsevaks have been doing sewa work since the beginning, but it was formally institutionalised by senior workers like Shri Yadavrao Joshi, Shri Moropant Pingle, etc. about 60-70 years back. With the expansion of the Sangh work, the number of swayamsevaks increased and this workforce is always ready to provide selfless service during calamities. But now the swayamsewaks are encouraged to visit Sewa Bastis and take up any sewa activity there as per the needs of people. In order to expand and manage this work and train as well as sensitise the workers, the Sewa Vibhag was formed in the Sangh.
• What have been the turning points in this journey?
For us sewa is a medium of transforming the society. But through these services we don’t want to make those who are getting sewa lazy. We want that the one who is being served today should aspire to become the server tomorrow. That is how and why our projects have been and can have a lasting impact on the society.
We have around 6000 projects in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. This district has witnessed large scale conversions in past decades. But after our projects came into being, conversions have stopped. In fact, through our efforts we’ve been able to achieve total prohibition in these villages, and crimes against women have also come down.
We also have achieved good success in rehabilitation of nomadic communities in Maharashtra. We studied their problems and started different activities for them. Today we have hostels for 12 such communities and about 2000 students from these hostels have excelled in their life. We tried to make them self-reliant by imparting them different kinds of training. The families associated with us have almost stopped begging, stealing, consuming alcohol and indulging in any other anti-social activity. Some of the youth from these communities, both boys and girls, have even begun working as full time workers for Bhatke Vimukta Vikas Parishad.
Sewa work has also helped in eradicating untouchability. We have successfully bridged the gap between upper and lower classes. The Gram Pujari scheme started by VHP in Tamil Nadu proved to be a big hit. They organised a training camp of such Pujaris. About 55000 Pujaris attended the camp. Among them, about 80 per cent of them were SCs/STs. There was a time when these people didn’t had access to temples in Tamil Nadu, today they’re the Pujaris in these temples. Similar experiment was done in Andhra Pradesh by VHP in association with the Tirupati Devosthanam.
Our SHGs have women memberfrom all communities and they work together. In Kanyakumari, the village Sarpanch objected to the joining of a lower caste woman in such a group and he repeatedly insisted and even allured to oust the woman from the group. But the workers outrightly rejected the pressure. Today many full time activists are from lower communities only. By and large the yesterday’s ‘receivers’ have now turned as ‘givers’.
• Some people have questioned the financial help to some Sangh inspired projects from abroad. How do you look at it?
Most of our projects, about 90 per cent, are supported and funded by the local people and not even the government. The donation coming from abroad also comes only from the NRIs who want to contribute in the development of their respective regions. But that amount too comes only after the necessary rules and procedures are followed. During calamities also the help comes only after following due procedures. Since we do not get any fund even from the government, there is no question of taking money from foreign Foundations.
• What is the status of Gram Vikas activities by swayamsevaks?
We emphasise that any sewa activity should begin at the village level where we have a Sangh Shakha. Today, the work has begun in about 2000 such villages. Out of them there are about 600 villages where we have performed well in different fields like education, health, environment protection, water conservation, samskar, etc. Apart from it, there are about 125 villages where we can claim holistic development. We called such villages Prabhat Grams. We work so that these villages remain free from hunger, diseases, illiteracy, alcohol, dispute, untouchabilty, etc.
• The religious organisations also carry out sewa activities on large scale. Do we have any coordination with them also?
It has already begun in Tamil Nadu where Shri S Gurumurthyji organises Hindu Spiritual Service Fair every year. It prominently showcases sewa activities being done by religious organisations. Lakhs of people join it to have first hand information about sewa. It also acts as a good platform to exchange ideas. Kanchi Acharya has played a vital role in this initiative. Shri Gunwant Singh Kothari, Akhil Bharatiya Sah Sewa Pramukh, now has the full time responsibly of coordinating with the religious organisations, as there are efforts to organise such Service Fairs in every state.
• Are there any major planning’s for the future?
Efforts are on to start sewa work in all the Sewa Bastis of cities within next five years. This work has to be done with the help of local Sangh Shakhas. In Vanvasi areas also we want to reach every village. We have also decided to start sewa work in the backward villages, even in places where we do not have any Shakha. We are planning to mobilise man power for it. In Karnataka we have already mobilised about 27000
• What is being done to encourage the Youth?
The Youth for Sewa experiment started in Bengaluru has proved to be fruitful. About 2000 youth, both working and students, are doing Sewa. Some of them even teach free of cost in government schools. This work has now spread to Maharashtra and other states too. people for this work.
• What about those who are retired?
We are mobilising such people under Vanprasthi Yojna. In Rajasthan, it has good impact. There are regular camps for such people there.
There are people who dedicate from one month to one year or more for the society.
8TH ANNUAL DAY FUNCTION OF 'SANVEDANA'
8th annual day function and the inauguration of Souvenir was organised on 21st August in the premises of 'Sanvedana'.
The District collector sri Panduranga Pole, Sri Laxmikantji Lahoti, President of leading Dayanand group of educational institutions, Dr Saritha Manthri, Dean of MIT Medical college graced the function. The parents and well wishers attended the function in good number.
The programme started by 'Shubham karothi kalyanam' sung by all the children. The dance programme with the message of 'Thare jamin per' by the children with CP, thrilled all the guests and parents.
The admired DC called the children as 'Stars on the earth' and told that he was inspired not only as an officer, but as a 'person'.
Sri Lahotiji appreciated the efforts done by the teachers with affection and patience, being the secret of success of the project. Dr. Manthri madam expressed that, though she had seen such type of projects before, this is unique and with difference. She lauded the human touch and dedication of all the staff which is being visible on the faces of children. And she stressed the need of such centres in large numbers to overcome the problem of disability. The programme was concluded by 'vandematharam' sung by all the students.
YOJAK: DOCUMENTING AND PROMOTING THE INVENTIONS BY UNSUNG INNOVATORS
After Independence, we invested huge amount of money on invention of big farm equipments like tractors and other machines. But nothing substantially could be done for efficiency improvement in daily farm activities. True to the saying “necessity is the mother of invention”, this work is done by innumerable grass roots innovators as per their local requirements. Most of such innovators are so-called illiterate people without any technical background. But they are passionate as they know what they are doing will ultimately benefit the society in long run. Pune based YOJAK has initiated concrete steps to document and promote the inventions by such unsung innovators. Shri Arjun Shinde is a marginalised farmer belonging to Jalna district of Maharashtra. One day while ploughing the field one of the bullocks from the pair suddenly stopped working. Arjun’s work suffered hugely, as most of his farm implements were two-bullocks-operated. Somehow, he managed that year. But the moment changed his life. He started working on single bullock driven implements for various activities of farming. And he did it successfully. Till date, he has invented 17 such implements—literally from the waste material. He sells all such implements locally. There is huge demand for his products, as they practically make the farm work easier. Dada Wadekar from Thane district is another gross roots innovator. In the last 20 years he has developed a set of implements, which can do almost all basic activities of farming which involves lot of drudgery and time. His set of 16 implements cost only Rs 1,200. He has developed sickle for left handers as they face lot of difficulty to use common sickle.Equally, Shri Pravin Lad, a young farmer living on the borders of Jalna-Aurangabad district in Maharashtra, runs small fabrication unit, which is the main source of his livelihood. Considering scope of small implements, he has developed more than 50 such implements. Few of them have been developed by him, while others are manufactured based on available information. Pravin is passionate about his work and is constantly involved in developing new implements. He was able to keep costs low by using recycled material as well as making single machine for multiple operations. Shri Ravindra Karde lives in a village near Ahmednagar city. He is dry land farmer with Jowar as the main crop. Cereal sowing is a difficult task with greater chances of loss of seeds due to wind and other physical barriers. So seed requirement rate for cereals like Jowar, Bajara, etc are relatively high. Considering this constraint, he developed cereal sowing-machine using plastic pipe. This non-fuel machine can be operated using bullock or a person can drive it on its own. It helps clean and neat sowing of cereals, decrease seed consumption and reduce time required for sowing. In semi-arid regions, large tracts are covered with cereals crops. This machine is a miracle for the small farmers.Arjun Shinde, Dada Wadekar, Pravin Lad or Ravindra Karde are just few examples of India’s grass roots innovators. There are innumerable such innovators, who silently work to improve the lives of local people, but their contribution is neither recognised nor is their work documented anywhere. No government agency or corporate CSR initiative support such inventions.But Pune based YOJAK has taken a big initiative in this regard not only to promote their inventions but also to spread their work on big canvas. The spread of mechanisation in our country is driven by structured system of research to extension involving research institutes and government extension machinery. In the whole process, thrust is on large equipments and nobody cares for the equipments needed in daily life by farmers or the farm labourers. Spread of tractor is one of the indicators to measure mechanisation progress in India. Green Revolution in Northern India also strengthened the conceptual utility of large implements only. But situation in other parts of the country, especially in hilly tracts like central India’s Vanvasi areas, is different. Small holdings on undulating land have not supported promotion of large implements for agriculture purposes. Situation of small farmers is very difficult all over the country. There is stagnation in productivity, increase in costs and climate change making agriculture more vulnerable. Non-availability of labour has become a major issue in most of the rural areas. Appropriate mechanisation is one way to cope up with such situation.Last year, some organisations jointly organised ‘Tech for Seva’ Conference in Pune. The sub theme of the Conference was ‘Implements for Small and Marginal Farmers’. “We gathered information and involved around 40 such innovators across Maharashtra in the Conference. Implements developed by them were displayed during the Conference. For the first time, their innovation was displayed in any scientific conference before reputed scientists. We know we can get such innovators across India. All of them are working on their own without any formal support. But their cause is noble. It is for society and it is our duty to support them constructively,” says Dr Gajanan Dange, president YOJAK Centre for Research and Strategic Planning for Sustainable Development.Dr Dange is very serious on promoting such innovators across the country. He has conducted a study of the problems frequently faced by them. “These innovators need technical guidance on design, material to use and effective combination of material and cost reduction ideas to refine their innovation. They also need financial support. Bank linkages are needed to increase their production. Since they lack knowledge of lab to market process, they need training regarding standardisation, authorisation, market based production, etc,” Dr Dange added.It is necessary that at this juncture when we are talking about Ever Green Revolution, we need to call for societal support to such grass roots innovators. “Center for Promotion of Appropriate Agriculture Mechanisa-tion is need of the hour. Such Centres are required at each agro ecological zone identified by the National Agricultural Research System (NARS). This Centre can act as a catalyst to promote appropriate technologies related to mechanisation in agriculture. The Centre proposes to involve all necessary stakeholders like government, farmers groups, CSR groups, non-government organisations and interested individuals to develop platform to support these innovators,” says Shri Kapil Sahasrabuddhe, vice president of the YOJAK.Apart from it, efforts should also be made to prepare literature especially in local, regional languages about such implements. The literature can include small films, technical designs, pamphlets, presentations etc. YOJAK is planning to establish such Centre’s in different agro-ecological zones with the help of like-minded individuals, groups or CSRs.
Food For Thought:-
You must always be prepared to do the duty that your country may demand of you. Love your countrymen and promote unity among them. A large Spirit of toleration and forbearance, and a larger spirit of loving service is demanded of you. We expect you to devote as much of your time and energy as you can spare to the uplift of your humble brethren. We expect you to work in their midst, to share their sorrows and their joys, to strive to make their lives happier in every way you can.
–Convocation Address of Malaviyaji on 14 Dec 1929.
SEWA INTERNATIONAL UNDERTAKES BLOOD DONATION & UTTARAKHAND REHABILITATION
On World Blood Donation day, June 14, Sewa International Australia, organised a group blood donation of 22 volunteers in collaboration with Red Cross. This activity has promoted diversity and encouraged positivity within the community as volunteers from diverse age groups and gender came forward for saving 75 lives, as per Red Cross.
Sewa International Australia is a growing organization built on a team of passionate members who are responsible for management of this activity and other community based projects. Its aim is to represent Indians living in Melbourne in promoting and encouraging integration in order to become successful members of society. Sewa International Australia also organised another event to raise funds for relief and rehabilitation activities in Uttarakhand (India). This event was held at Clayton Hall annexe where International coordinator of Sewa Sh. Shyam Parande presented details of the relief activities and made a video presentation to the audience about the rehabilitation projects being run by Sewa in Uttarakhand and explained how they are changing the lives of many affected families. As a result of this presentation and an interactive Q&A session, many volunteered to support this project. Uttarakhand Society of Australia also collaborated with Sewa International in successfully raising funds. Apart from that, Shri Shyam Paranade also informed about many big and small projects running across 17 different countries, fully supported by Sewa. These projects pertain to natural disasters, child welfare, women empowerment and other socio economic development.
Sewa International Australia has decided to support the development of a computer centre in Chandrapuri in the Rudra Prayag district by offering full financial help. This centre will help local children who lost their homes, parents or families in Uttrakand flood, in acquiring essential computing skills which will enable them in rehabilitation by seeking employment.
60 VILLAGES LISTED WASTE MANAGEMANT PROJECT
Sixty villages from Gurgaon district have been short-listed for the implementation of Solid and Liquid Waste Management Project under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) for the current financial year. The project will help in segregation of solid waste and considerably enhance wastewater treatment capacity and help in generation of recycled water for agricultural and other purposes. Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi said only those villages which have won or figured in the list of the Nirmal Gram Puraskar have been chosen for the project. The pilot project for waste management is already underway at Mubarakpur, Hasanpur and Kankrola villages in the district. In Hasanpur and Kankrola, the project is being run by the Institute of Global Development, a non-government organisation, with good results. Mr. Vidyarthi said encouraged by the response to the project in these villages, they have now decided to extend it to other villages.
In the first phase, the project will be implemented in 16 villages, including Barmoli, Badshahpur, Devlavas, Ransika, Heraheri, Bhakraka, Maujabad, Mahchana, Bapas and Uccha Majra. Under the project, pits will be dug up under sheds in each village to convert wet waste into manure. Tri-cycles will be hired to collect solid waste from around the village every morning and bring it to the pits for recycling. “The wet waste will then be separated from dry waste like polythene bags, glass, iron and cardboards and can be composted. The separated non-biodegradable waste will be sold to scrap dealers,” said Mr. Vidyarthi, adding that two safai karamcharis will be appointed in each village to collect waste. These karamcharis will be initially paid through the District Rural Development Agency, but later the village panchayat will bear their cost.
Similarly, a low-cost drainage system will be put in place in each village to carry water from kitchens and toilets to ponds outside the village. Three ponds will be dug up on the outskirts of the village to recycle the water and make it reusable. “The water will be filtered through the first and second ponds to reach the third. It will then be taken to fields for irrigation and also put to other use,” said Mr. Vidyarthi. Project Director Rajesh Gupta said concrete dustbins will be constructed in schools and Anganwadi centres to encourage women and children towards cleanliness. “The villages identified for waste management have been classified into four categories for allocation of funds. The villages with 150 households will be allocated Rs.7 lakh, while those with 300 households will be released Rs.12 lakh. Similarly, the villages with 300-500 households will get Rs.15 lakh and the bigger villages Rs.20 lakh,” said Mr. Gupta.
SHISHU MANDIR LAID THE FOUNDATION OF MY SUCCESS
It is not physical strength bu the hard work, self-determination and focused approach with absolute concentration on goal are behind my success. Sarika Jain, 29, was ranked 527 among the 1,122 candidates who cleared the civil services examinations (2013) conducted by Union Public Service Commission. It becomes pride and glory when one gets into coveted civil service that attracts huge respect and appreciation. As matter of routine Odisha’s remote Kantabanji’s Sarika Jain naturally deserves all those pats. However Sarika’s case is bit different. She unlike other successful counter parts in civil service examination has something more special to be appreciated with. Not letting her disability come in the way of reaching her goals has become Sarika Jain's second nature. The polio
stricken Odisha woman has cleared the civil service examination in her first attempt.
“I am extremely happy about the result, though I expected a better rank”, was her first reaction as the result reached her.
As Organiser reached the unique achievement holder and wanted to know the secret behind her marvelous achievement, Jain said her foundation of success in life was laid down while as a student from pre-school to end of HSC in Sarawati Shishu Mandir in Odisha’s rural backyard Kantanabji in Bolangir district. Jain recounts as she was physically challenged due to polio in her early years, no school was willing to admit her in the institution. It was Saraswati Shishu Mandir authorities who gracefully accepted her and enrolled her in the pre school. Jain recounting her memory said she got right kind of teaching motivation and determination to take challenge of life.
Elaborating her early life experience while as a student in Saraswati Shishu Mandir she said the affection and encouragement of teachers set her ground for her future struggle ahead in pursuit knowledge. She learned discipline and sanskar (self cleansing) in her school and that worked till date. She also gave due share to her school and teachers for her success she has been boasted with. She interacted with Organiser on her physical disability front with 50 percent disability in leg. Recounting her early days when she started her preparation for civil service, she was discouraged as the preparation involves lot of hard work and pressure. Sarika says withstanding pressure she decided to give it a try with dedication and determination. She proved the old saying when there is a will there is a way. Her physical challenge was turned into advantage and her mental and moral power came in her rescue. It is not physical strength hard work, self-determination and focused approach and with absolute concentration on goal is secret behind her success. Her father, 58-year-old Sadhuram Jain, is an undergraduate and a small-time businessman who runs a grocery shop in the town. Her mother Santosh Devi is a school dropout and a homemaker.
“From the beginning my aim was not to be an IAS officer because the infrastructure (to prepare for the exam) was not available here. I wanted to become a doctor, but the science stream was not available in the local college,” she said adding that she studied commerce and obtained a bachelors degree from the local women's college. Later she pursued chartered accountancy, studying at home, and got qualified. That was when she decided she wanted to do something and chose to appear in the civil services examination. She went to Delhi in 2012 and received coaching at a private institute for six months. “My aim was to learn new things. For me, study means to learn from others and their experiences which helped a lot,” she said.
DATTOPANT THENGADI SCHEME FOR HANDLOOM AND HANDICRAFT ARTISANS BY GUJARAT GOVT.
Gujarat government has launched a new scheme “Dattopant Thengadi Karigar Vyaj Sahay Yojana” to help the handloom and handicraft artisans. The scheme has been named after veteran RSS Pracharak and founder of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and Swadeshi Jagran Manch the late Dattopant Thengadi. Finance Minister Saurabh Patel announced the scheme that would help artisans and craftsmen, especially from Kutch to get loans up to Rs 1 lakh from banks. The Government would be guarantor for those loans. The scheme would benefit about 50,000 artisans in the State.
DHANWANTARI YATRA IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Dhanvantari Sewa Yatra, a service oriented programme comprising teams of doctors from all over India, visited Arunachal Pradesh onJune 30 to provide free allopathic treatment to the needy people. The week long Yatra starting from June 23 to 29 June, 2014 sponsored by National Medicos Organisation (NMO), a non-governmental social organisation comprising of thousands of service-oriented doctors, facilitated by Sewa Bharati Purbanchal was organised in Arunachal Pradesh by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Named after Rishi Dhanwantari, the father of Indian medical science, the Yatra is organised every year in the seven Northeastern states since 2002 without any break. In the current year 2014, after the completion of twelve long years, a special emphasis was attached to Arunachal with the Medical Tour comprising of four different teams of expert doctors and specialists covering Kurung Kume, West Kameng, Papum Pare and West Siang districts.
The Kurung Kume district was visited by a team of doctors that had Dr Biren Naik, MD, from Gujarat, and Dr Rishav Jaiswal and Dr Mrityunjay Sharma from Banaras. They covered Sarli including Siya Basti, Koloriang and Palin. The West Kameng was visited by Dr Satish Midhi, Dr Kamlesh Midhi and Dr Anurag Kashyap. The team visited five villages namely, Dahung, Singchung, Jamarai, Pedung and Wango, and attended more than 550 patients. Dr Prateek Aggarawal and Dr Deepak Chaurasia from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) visited Toru Hills, Kheel, Tigdo, Holongi and Balijan of Papum Pare district, while Dr Usha Rani, Dr Swati Lal and Dr Lalit Singh, doctors from Jharkhand visited Bogne and Kato villages of West Siang district and attended long queues of patients. The team of doctors from different states who had attended the week long camps urged the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to come forward with an open mind and encourage such kind of service-oriented voluntary organizations to come up with a better solution to meet the medical needs of the state.
CHENNAI SWAYAMSEVAKS IN BUILDING COLLAPSE RESCUE OPERATION
An under construction twin tower building ‘Trust Heights’ in Chennai’s Mugalivakkam area collapsed due to heavy rains on June 28 killing about two dozen people. The Sangh swayamsevaks reached the spot within an hour. Understanding seriousness of the situation, swayamsevaks from different areas were called for the rescue operation. Soon after, CMRL- L&T, AFCONS workers and engineers arrived at the spot with rescue equipments, the swayamsevaks started the rescue work at 8:00 pm. However, the NDRF reached the spot at 9:30 pm.
The workers, in various groups, were led by Zilla Sampark Pramukh Shri Sudharshan and Porur Nagar Karyavah Shri Vishnu Shankar. The first group cleared the path for rescue vehicles like crane, etc, the second group concentrated on immediate rescue of live victims who were trapped under the collapsed building. The third group provided hospitality for the rescuers and prevented public from the reaching the accident site. The fourth group coordinated the entire work and recorded the happenings of the rescue operation. A group of swayamsevaks from Kottivakkam supplied food and snacks to the rescuers. Women supplied water to them.
Rescuers, CMRL engineers, fire and rescue forces and the swayamsevaks worked together. About 50 swayamsevaks were involved in the rescue operations in which ten persons were rescued alive and 14 dead bodies were recovered immediately. Due to complications in reaching the shattered bodies, few dead bodies were not recovered immediately. Later, they were recovered using concrete drillers and cutters. Three victims were identified by the swayamsevaks by their vocal echoes. While rescuing them around 10 dead bodies were found at unreachable places. Three live victims were rescued with the help of CMRL engineers, fire and rescue officers.
KALYAN ASHRAM KARYAKARI MANDAL MEETING
Karyakari Mandal meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram was held from June 25 to 26 at the ISCKON campus in Vishakhapatanam. The meeting was inaugurated by Kalyan Ashram president Shri Jagdeoram Oraon, vice presidents Shri Jaleshwar Brahma and Shri Kripa Prasad Singh. Organising secretary Shri Somaiyajulu and general secretary Shri Chandrakant Deo presented the financial report. Shri Atul Jog presented a brief report of programmes held within three months. It was decided to organise national conference of the workers in Hyderabad from September 17 to 22. A ‘Chintan Baithak’ will also be organised at Trambakeshwar in the third week of November 2014. The closing functions of Balasaheb Janma Shati Abhiyan will be organised on December 26, 2014 at different places in Vanvasi areas. Health camps will be organised in all the remote blocks like the previous year.