Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Sewa Sandesh 106: 8 April 2008

From the Editor's Desk
"Sewa" reaches the heart quickly and makes the mind start working in that direction. The number of Sewa activities in the country has grown considerably fast and the number has already crossed the hundred thousand mark. Presently, all the associated organizations put together are involved in running as many as 104,844 activities covering all states of Bharat. Educational, health & hygiene, economic development and social activities are taken up reaching out to the masses in slums and villages, tribals in remote and other backward areas. This is possible because of the social support that Sewa fraternity receives from the noble.
A three-day training camp of Rashtriya Sewa Bharati activists engaged in rural development, cow protection, organic farming, environment protection, water harvesting and cottage industries was organised at Surabhi Sodh Sansthan Dagmagpur (Mirjapur) in Uttar Pradesh from March 1 to 3. More than 200 activists from various states including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Utkal, West Bengal and Assam participated in the camp.
Addressing the activists, RSS Sah-sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyyaji Joshi stressed the need to reduce dependency on government and said the mobilization of resources other than government is must for rural development. He said literacy is very important for the fast development of the nation and there should be effective literacy campaign all over the country to make people fully literate. “Initial steps towards the goal and then making gradual efforts to achieve it, is our duty. Let us at least start moving forward to the goal”, he said adding that change in mentality is must for rural development. He said there are still many things in the country to feel proud. “We have the best scientists in the world. Indian youths are shining all over the world in the field of computer. Bharat won several wars against Pakistan. The nuclear tests in Pokhran had shaken the entire world. After independence we built 4000 dams. The Indian Railways is among the best railways in the world. By and large there is no reason to worry about the future”, he added.
Earlier speaking at the inaugural ceremony Shri Prem Chand Goel, former Akhil Bharatiya Sewa Pramukh of RSS described the water conservation as need of the hour. He called upon the activists to apprise the countrymen of the value and importance of water conservation and also stop the misuse of drinking water. He said tree plantation is the best way to control global warming. About the cow protection, he said till the cows are not protected, the Bharatiya could not lead a happy life. Akhil Bharatiya Sewa Pramukh Shri Sitaram Kedilaya said that we can save the humanity only by saving the villages and only then the concept of Ram Rajya would be materialized. He said as the devils used to destroy the villages during the ancient period, the Naxalites and Maoists are destroying them. He said the people of the villages are migrating to cities due to the influence of media. We need to study this problem properly and then proper steps should be taken to solve it with the cooperation of the society. He emphasized the need to develop at least one model village in each district so that other people can imbibe the model. He said the government is spending the maximum money on the development of 20 percent people of the country living in urban areas and is ignoring the 80 per cent people living in rural areas. This is the reason the graph of suicide is shooting up.
Akhil Bharatiya Gram Vikas Pramukh Shri Surendra Singh Chauhan spoke about the marvelous work being rendered by swayamsevaks on the front of rural development. He pointed out that the swayamsevaks have presented a very good example of organic farming in Khushipura village near Mathura. He stressed the need to take benefit of the government schemes as the money being provided by the govt. is ours. He stressed the need to encourage the use of organic manures. Shri Sunil Mansinghka, Director of Govijnan Anusandhan Kendra, Devalapur (Nagpur) stressed the need to promote cow based agriculture to save the cow. Shri Subhash Kulkarni of Arogya Bharati spoke about the environment protection. Dr. Rakesh Dube, Director of Prakriti Bharati said the Indian culture has always propagated balance with the nature and the blind exploitation of the nature would take the world nowhere. Akhil Bharatiya Go Samvardhan Pramukh Shri Om Prakash stressed the need to promote the feeling of Go Sewa in the society. He said panchagvya is good not only for the human health but also is very useful for agriculture.
The Annual meeting of Akhil Bharatiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram was held at Jashpur Nagar from February 25 to March 1. The Karyakari Mandal of the Kalyan Ashram met on Feb 25 while the Pratinidhi Mandal met on Feb 26 in which representatives from all over the country participated. The meeting was inaugurated by Kalyan Ashram President Shri Jagdevram Oraon and Vice President Shri Moren Singh Purti and Shri Roop Singh Bhil. Shri Gunwant Singh Kothari, general secretary presented the annual report.
The Karyakari Mandal adopted a resolution on supporting the rights of vanavasis living in reserve forests or in the areas of Tiger Reserves. The Mandal urged the government of India to execute the decisions taken in Forest Dwellers Act, 2006. The Mandal also appreciated the allocation of Rs. 8000 crore for the development of Arunachal Pradesh and expressed serious concern over the Bangaladeshi infiltration in Tirap and Changlang districts in Arunachal Pradesh. The Mandal decided to organise an All India Mahila Sammelan in the last week of December this year in Ranchi, Jharkhand. More than 2000 female delegates are expected to participate. Training camps for the grassroot workers and meetings of the state-level workers would be organised from May 2008 to January 2009. The organisers of the Eklavya Khel Kud Prakalp will meet near Siliguri from April 24 to 26 this year.
The meeting concluded with the speech of Shri Jagdevram Oraon appealing to expand the organisational work in rest of the districts like Leh, Laddakh, Doda in J&K, Laholspiti, Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh, Bomdila, Khonsa, Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh, Garhwarl, Chamoli, Kathgodam in Uttarakhand, Mon, Zunheboto, Phek in Nagaland, Ukhrul and Karong in Manipur, Dharampur and Ooty in Tamilnadu, Khammam, East Godawari and West Godawari, Srikakularn and Sri Salem areas in Andhra Pradesh.
An organization serving neglected and exploited tribal brethren
In order to serve its motherland and to inculcate in the people a spirit and sense of social responsibility, sacrifice and devotion to the cause of national and social upliftment of the neglected and exploited brethren in backward, rural and tribal areas rendering them medical and other social aids, Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission, Kerala was started in 1972. Since then Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission has been functioning for the welfare of the Vanavasi brethren. Soon, it grew into a fairly well equipped hospital with three medical officers, visiting specialists and necessary staff and providing the following facilties/services:
Wayanad is a hilly district situated on Western Ghats and is full of natural beauty. The tribal population of Wayanad is about 18% of the whole, i.e. nearly 1,5000. Their main occupation is agricultural labour. Literacy is very low among them and superstitions are prevalent. Malnutrition, unhygienic habits and unsanitary conditions of living are the main causes of diseases among them. Others are exploiting them because of their poverty and ignorance.
1. Free dispensary
2. General ward with thirty beds (with free food)
3. Maternity ward
4. Minor operation theatre
5. Well-equipped laboratory
6. Nebuliser
7. X-ray unit.
8. Ultra Sound Scan
9. ECG and Cardiac Monitor
10. Multi-speciality clinics
11. Ambulance
Multi-Speciality Clinics: Sickle Cell Diseases Diagnosis And Counselling Centre: Setup with the help of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, where screening of the whole tribal population is in progress and treatment and counseling are given to those affected by sickle cell diseases. A project with Kottakkal Aryavaidya Sale is also in progress.
Pain and Palliative Care Clinic: Functioning since May 1998 with the assistance of the Pain and Palliative Care Society of the Calicut Medical College and serving the patients suffering from terminal cancer and acute pain, with the aim of reducing their misery.
Microscopy & Treatment Centre: Under the revised national tuberculosis control programme, the Mission received best NGO award of the state in 2003.
Ophthalmology Clinic: Biomonthly Ophthalmology Clinic is functioning in the mission hospital with the support of Construct Eye Care Society, Calicut and by a local ophthalmologist.
1. Mobile Medical Unit: Diagnostic and treatments camps in tribal colonies throughout the district are arranged daily taking health care to the very door steps of the ailing who are not able to travel.
2. Six Sub Centers: These are functioning in distant tribal areas.
3. Swasthya Mitra Scheme: Under this batches of tribal youths and given training in First Aid, Hygiene and economic matters and each of the trained volunteers is given charge of specified area of work which they visit regularly to guide the people in moulding their lives in a hygienic and healthy way. They carry first aid box. At present there are 125 volunteers.
4. Sanjivani Health Awareness Campaign: This campaign is going on in tribal colonies with the aid of video films, charts and posters.
5. Preventive Care: Distribution of prophylactic vitamin A and immunization for children are arranged in the medical camps in the tribal colonies besides health care checkups in nursery schools and hostels for tribal people.
6. The Dhanwantari Mandir: At the hospital camps it provides the patients and bystanders consolation and peace of mind.
1. Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt of India is giving grant for the mobile medical unit and the hospital project.
2. Scheduled Tribes Development Department, Government of Kerala is sponsoring Bamboo Craft Unit, a project for rehabilitation of sickle cell diseases patients. They are trained to make handicraft from bamboo in three centres benefiting 180 tribals. The project envisages training production and sales so that they become self-reliant.
3. Tribal Integrated Development and Education Trust, Mumbai: 30 ‘one teacher schools’ are functioning for the benefit of students especially for dropouts in tribal areas. 5 village libraries cum reading rooms are functioning in our sub-centres. Books are circulated among the students of OTS also.
4. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has selected the Mission as mother NGO for the district of Wayanad for the implementation of Reproductive and Child Health Programme.
5. Dr. HedgewarCouncil for the Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) has selected the Mission for the formation of Self Help Groups for Women from SC/ST communities.

“I want to prepare selfless people who will volunteer on their own to serve the country. This can never be achieved being a part of a political party. I believe that it is on the strength of such dedicated workers alone that all the fields of our national life can be uplifted.” – Dr. Hedgewar

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