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Sewa Sandesh
July 2013

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Rehabilitation of flood and cloud burst victims in Uttarakhand
Uttaranchal Daivi Aapda Peedit Sahayata Samiti has chalked out a two-phased rehabilitation programme for the victims of Uttarakhand calamity. The strategy was formulated at a two-day meeting held in Dehradun from July 18 to 19. RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi also attended the meeting. Earlier on July 18, the group leaders of the survey teams sent by Samiti in all 29 affected blocks of Uttarakhand met and presented the detail reports area wise. All types of data viz no. of houses collapsed totally and partially, no. of deaths, no. of orphan children, no. of families without male guardian, etc. All the data was discussed in the meeting. On July 19, the meeting was held again in which the representatives of all the organisations participating in the relief operation including RSS, BJP, VHP, ABVP, Sevika Samiti, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Uttaranchal Utthan Parishad, Vidya Bharati etc. took part.
Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi also conducted an aeriel survey of the Kedarnath, Gangotri and Goucher. He was accompanied by Kshetra Pracharak Shri Shivprakash and former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nisank’. During his visit, Shri Bhaiyaji also met Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Vijay Bahuguna to discuss the rehabilitation of the victims.
  • Under first phase of the programme, it has been decided to start immediately two medical centres in Kedarghat area, the most affected part of Uttarakhand with primary level of medical facilities. Besides priority would be given to the education of the children and students from primary level to higher education including their boarding and lodging at different centres in Uttarakhand and, if needed, in Uttar Pradesh too, subject to the permission of the family head.
  • The orphan children, either boys or girls, would also be taken care of and the organisation will take all steps for their upbringing. An appropriate monetary help may also be rendered to those who need for the marriage of their marriageable girls, particularly and also for repair of houses and for promoting their business too.
  • The families without male earning member, till their settlement, would be provided at least ration regularly. Keeping in view the future devastation, which may occur in coming days of peak rainy season, the stocks of rations and other daily needs will be stored at different places in the hilly probable affected areas so that relief maybe provided immediately in case of sudden eventuality.
  • The construction of houses, religious places, educational institutions and commercial complexes will be undertaken in the second phase after September when the rainy season ends and the conveyance and transportation facilities are restored. A steering committee, comprising of all the participating organisation's representatives and Sangh activists have been formed with 15 members who will further undertake the rehabilitation programme under the convenorship of Shri Sunil Kumar, Sah prant Seva Pramukh.
A volunteers' delegation under the leadership of Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi called on the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Vijay Bhaguna on July 18. During the meeting Shri Joshi apprised the Chief Minister of the relief work done by thevolunteers under the banner of Uttaranchal Daivi Aapda Peedit Sahayata Samiti since the time and date the disaster occurred. Thousands of pilgrims were rescued and helped, 21 relief centres operated at all the affected places, 136 truck loaded with 300 tones of grain, eatables, mineral water, blankets, tripal cloth and various items of daily needs were sent to the affected places.
The Chief Minister responded very positively and appreciated the work done by the volunteers without seeking publicity. He recognised the character of thevolunteers uring such natural calamities and expressed his gratitude. Chief Minister also arranged a helicopter to Sarkaryavah for an aeriel survey of flood affected area of Kedarnath, Gangotri, etc. The CM also assured the delegation that all help will be given to the NGOs and voluntary organisations and invited suggestions from time to time for normalisation of the situation.

“Uttarakhand disaster is a national disaster. Therefore the whole nation is aggrieved and help in cash or kind is pouring in large scale from every corner of the country,” said RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi while talking to media persons in Dehradun on July 19.
Shri Joshi paid tribute to the victims of devastation and also paid heartiest thanks to the army personnel and their officers, ITBP and NDRF men for their exemplary contribution in the very tedious rescue operations. He also appreciated the role of different voluntary organisations, which participated or are participating in the relief operations.
Replying to a question regarding the role of State Government, Shri Joshi said it is not the appropriate time to evaluate the Government’s performance, but it is time for all of us to think as to how to come out of this disaster. He reminded that rehabilitation work is very complicated and tedious job which can be tackled by the joint efforts of all—the government as well as various agencies including the NGOs.
The Sarkaryavah assured on behalf of the RSS and all the organisations associated with it, to participate in the rehabilitation of the victims in respect of education, employment, trade, shelter and upbringing of the dependant families and orphans. Besides this, he stressed the need to boost up the moral of the local people and generate confidence among them. He hoped that very soon worship at Kedarnath will be started, Char Dham Yatra will begin as usual and the self-confidence of the pilgrims and tourist will be restored. He urged the Uttarakhand Government to initiate action on top most priority basis to clear the blockade of road and conveyance with assurance to government on behalf of the RSS to render assistance in all respect.
Prant Sanghachalak Shri Chandrapal Singh Negi, Mahanagar Sanghchalak Gopal Krishan Mittal, Prant Karyavah Shri Laxmi Prasad Jayaswal were also present at the press conference.
A group of 21 students from Warwick Finance Societies of Warwick University UK observed SEWA DAY on 6th July2013 during their short stay in Mumbai for educational training.
They involved in volunteering at the Transformation Camp(manparivartan shivir) of Samatol Foundation. The group spent their day at the camp from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm.
The group was accorded a grand musical welcome on their arrival at the camp site owned by Hindu Sewa Sangh (HSS) at Mamnoli village, near Mumbai.
Boys and girls from near by villages welcomed the guests from UK with the performance of lazeme. Women greeted the delegates by applying the ceremonial tilak on their foreheads. They visited the hostel run by HSS and were later briefed about the various activities of HSS.
The WFS students then proceeded to the special camp conducted by Samatol Foundation for de-addiction and transformation of runaway boys who land in Mumbai from various parts of Bharat (India).
Shri Kishore Moghe, Treasurer of Samatol Foundation welcomed the guests and introduced the Samatol team that runs the camps. The WFS team met, interacted and had food with the 26 boys who were attending the camp. During the interaction the boys demonstrated the skills in clay modeling acquired at the camp.The WFS students listened to the stories of each one of them and later had a session of recreational games and imparted non-formal education to the young run-away boys.The WFS team later presented note books and pens to the boys.On behalf of Samatol Foundation Shri Vijay Jadhav, Founder and General Secretary thanked the WFS team for their noble gesture of observing the SEWA DAY and presented the WFS team with a memento.
Sewa International Mumbai had coordinated the event with the WFS team and had made all local arrangements for the UK students.
Bengaluru unit of Samskrit Bharati is organising ‘Samskrit Kutumbavarg’, a unique 3-day family camp, exclusively for families with professionals from various industries, who would love to make Sanskrit their mode of communication at home. It is an exciting opportunity for those who want to explore the world of Sanskrit and make it their own. The participants would require to stay in the premises of Aksharam, Girinagar for the camp, on all the three days. Exquisite facilities of accommodation, food, books and references, and an environment filled with an aura of Sanskrit shall be provided. A fee of Rs 2,000 per family (inclusive of children below 10 years of age) will be charged. An extra fee of Rs.500 shall be payable for children above the age of 10.
At the prayer hall in Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, 6,000 kilos of rice painstakingly collected by over 150 volunteers from 500 villages was kept heaped. On top of the heap Devi Annapoorna’s idol was placed. Hundreds of people recitedAnnapoornastotram. Anna Danam was performed. The rice was distributed among the needy institutions such as old age homes; day care child centres, etc. in the district. The programme was held on July 4, the Maha Samadhi day of Swami Vivekananda, which was observed by Kendra as the ‘Volunteer Day’.  This is not a one time charity. The Kendra organises seven such programmes along the year so that the annual rice requirement of these institutions is met. In a way, this programme trains the society in Sewa says a Kendra official.

Dadhichi Dehdan Samiti unit launched in Bihar
Follow traditions in right perspective—Mohan Bhagwat

"Today people have forgotten their moral responsibilities towards the society. Donation, which is regarded the highest task in our culture and traditions, is the best way to discharge such responsibilities. When we talk about donation, the body donation is the best donation, as it gives new life to the needy people,” said RSS Sarsanghchalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat, while speaking at a function organised in Patna on July 21.The function was organised by the Dadhichi Dehdan Samiti. A total of 65 people from Bihar including senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Shri Sushil Modi, State convener of the Dehdan Samiti Shri Ganga Prasad, MLC Smt Kiran Ghai, noted industrialist and BJP leader Shri RK Sinha and Shri AM Rehman pledged for body donation at the function.Addressing the gathering, Shri Bhagwat said the people have forgotten their traditions. The number of preachers might have increased, but the people have forgotten humanity. “We must ensure that the rituals do not block our thinking and progress, he said adding that if we forget the spirituality, we will automatically forget the moral responsibilities. India has solution to all the problems the world is facing today. We do not need to look anywhere for our betterment. We just need to follow our traditions in right perspective. Dharma should not remain only in the books, but it should reflect in our daily conduct, he added.The Sarsanghchalak further said our ancient teachings are being followed by the foreigners, while we are following the traditions which have been discarded by the westerners. He stressed the need to imbibe the age old traditions by all Indians. He pointed out that he also wishes to donate his body, but since his body belongs to the Sangh, he needs to seek the permission of the Sarkaryavah for it. “I have placed a proposal before the Sarkaryavah Bhaiyaji Joshi for it. If I get the permission I would also like to donate my body,” he said. Stressing on the virtue of donation, Shri Bhagwat cited the example of industrialist Azim Premji, saying he donates a large amount of money out of his earnings every year for spreading education among the needy.Shri Sushil Modi said donation of body is the need of the hour. Today many medical students do find human body for conducting research. Many students are conducting research only on a single body. He regretted that he could not set up an eye bank in the State during the last seven years. National president of the Dadhichi Dehdan Samiti Shri Alok Kumar spoke about the activities of the Samiti.                                         
Lohardaga unit of the Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra organised a tree plantation programme on 60th anniversary of the Kalyan Ashram. The programme was inaugurated by veteran Kalyan Ashram worker Dr Prasanna Damodar Sapre and Lohardaga district president Shri Mahadeo Oraon.
A seminar was also organised on environment protection and plantation. Participating in the discussion Vice President of Kalyan Ashram Shri Kripa Prasad Singh appealed for mass plantation of saplings and preservation of environment to make the future safe. He said deforestation has created many problems for both the human beings and wild creatures.  Shri AK Mukherjee, CCF, demonstrated a different technique of plantation before the participants. On this occasion 100 fruits and other plants were planted by the Ashram students under the guidance of Shri Mukherjee.
Smt Raj Mittal suggested to plant saplings on birthday of the family members. Shri VK Mittal said such programmes are very important for preservation of environment and human development. The programme concluded with plantation of saplings.
Food For Thought:
Bharat will be raised, not with power of flesh, but with the power of spirit; not with the flag of destruction, but with the flag of peace and love.Say not that you are weak.The spirit is omnipotent.     _Swami Vivekananda

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