JAMMU & KASHMIR PEACE FOUNDATION IN COLLABORATION WITH SEWA INTERNATIONAL
Immediately after its 69th annual peace conference at Jammu, a one day peace mela was held at Kund village in Kulgam District, J&K. On this occasion a relief distribution function was organised for poor widows of rural areas. The chairman J & K Peace Foundation Fayaz Ahmed Bhat emphasized the need for promoting deeper understanding, communal harmony and brotherhood for establishing lasting peace which would pave the way for rapid all rounddevelopment and a bright future for the State. He urged upon the people to come forward in a big way to contribute achieving the said goal. He also assured that it will act as a front line organization to provide all necessary relief and rehabilitation facilities to the poor people. Prominent intellectuals and social workers from all sections of the society including Mosin Iqbal Gani, Ashok Sehghal, Habib Hiam, Major Sandeep Singh, Abdul Ahad Teli, Mohd Ibrahim, Abid Hussain, Mohd Abbas Khan were also present on the occasion.
The poor widows of the rural areas were provided relief materials. This relief mission will continue from place to place and village to village. J & K Peace Foundation has been playing a vital role in establishing peace in the state. In the flood rescué operations its volunteers saved lives of thousands of people. The organization will also work for permanent settlements of those whose houses have been washed away or permanently rendered non physical for residential use.
Three day workshop on Vision 2020 Document for STs by Kalyan Ashram and Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini
URGENT NEED FOR NATIONAL TRIBAL POLICY
Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram and Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodini jointly organised a three-day national workshop at Keshav Srishti from February 6 to 8. A total of 112 delegates from 12 states discussed various issues concerning the Vanvasis.
Dr JK Bajaj compiled the outcome of three-day discussion into four sections. The recommendations regarding natural resources and mining include formulation of a comprehensive national mining policy, effective efforts to curb illegal mining, safe closer of the mines after mining and sharing profit with the people affected or displaced due to mining.
About forest protection the workshop stressed the need to decide the community forest rights and suggested that this work should be undertaken in a mission mode. The plots granted to the Vanvasis under Forest Law should be recognised as revenue document. The workshop also stressed the need to formulate effective mechanism and schemes for processing of forest products, value addition and sale.
The recommendation regarding propagation of education include special campaign for women literacy, primary education in all Vanvasi areas in mother tongue, connecting education with skills development rather than connecting entire school education with skills development, arrangements for capacity building in higher and competitive exams, and arrangements for patent or protection of intellectual property of the technique, biodiversity and skills associated with the Vanvasis.
The recommendations about administrative reforms include creation of permanent secretariats for Tribal Administrative Councils (TAC) created in the states under Fifth Schedule; national campaign to make the Village Panchayats and completion of National Tribal Policy, which is under formulation for the last 15 years.
RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Dattatreya Hosabale said that while talking about employment generation for Vanvasis one should not forget that the topic is not connected with production and employment, rather it is the lifestyle of the Vanvasis and no activity should affect it in a negative way.
Presiding over the concluding ceremony Maharashtra Governor Shri C Vidyasagar Rao assured that he would work for the benefit of the Vanvasis. He said he has already created a special cell in his office for Vanvasi areas. Union Minister Jual Oram said the recommendations of the workshop would prove to be highly effective for the betterment of Vanvasis. He assured the gathering to bring the pending National Tribal Policy soon. He said the recommendations of the workshop would also be useful for the proposed policy.
Kalyan Ashram president Shri Jagdeoram Oraon said the Vanvasis are still following good values of life and it should be ensured that those values should not be lost in the race of
Prominent among those who participated in discussion included former member of Tribal Commission Shri Dilip Singh Bhuria, former Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shri Arjun Munda, Minister of State Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Speaker of Jharkhand Assembly Shri Dinesh Oraon, Tribal Affairs Minister of Maharashtra Shri Vishnu Savra, Shri Ramesh Tavadkar from Goa, former IAS Shri JB Tubid etc. scholars from various educational institutions and research institutes were also present on the occasion.
Earlier on February 6, Shri Vishnukant unfolded the problems and challenges being faced by the Vanvasis. He said the policies formulated by the governments have proved partially beneficial for the people therefore formulation of a National Tribal Policy is the need of the hour for long term benefits for the Vanvasis. He expressed concern that despite recommendations by various Commissions constituted by the government work on the Tribal Policy has not been completed. He said land acquisition, displacement and rehabilitation, forest rights, Panchayat laws are the issues which need immediate attention.
SWAYAMSEVAKS CLEAN BUS STAND IN CHENNAI
Twelve swayamsevaks under the leadership of Vibhag Karyavah Shri Kalyan Babu and Nagar Karyavah Shri Prakash participated in the cleaning of bus stand area at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai as a part of the Sewa Sanghik activity on January 13. The general public too joined hands with the swayamsevaks in cleaning the area. It was decided to involve the local shopkeepers and retailers in keeping the place clean.
IN UP, HINDU BOYS ENROL IN MADRASSA, MUSLIM BOYS IN SANGH-RUN SCHOOL
Breaking stereotypes, 11 Hindu children have enrolled in a madrassa while as many as 140 Muslim boys have joined a Sangh-run school. According to the principal of Madrassa Jameeatul Ansar, it is the parents' love for the Urdu language and literature which motivated them to put their children in the madrassa.
Meanwhile, about 140 children have been enrolled in Saraswati Vidya Mandir, a school run by RSS."As many as 140 Muslim boys have been enrolled in various classes of Saraswati Vidya Mandir Inter College," college Principal Jitendra Singh said. "The day starts for the students with suryanamaskar and singing of Vande Mataram besides vedic hymns," he said. Singh later said all the students take their lunch together.
SANGH VOLUNTEERS RUSHED IN FOR RESCUE OPERATION
Sethu Govindan, a Sangh volunteer and a software engineer of Bengaluru was on his way to meet his family relatives of Pandalam in Kerala. He was travelling in Ernakulam-bound Bengaluru City-Ernakulam Intercity Express on Friday morning.
Unfortunately, the train got derailed near Anekal, the outskirts of Bengaluru. 10 passengers were dead and hundreds injured in the accident.
Including Sethu Govindan, several passengers rushed in for rescue. Sethu informed local Sangh volunteers. They arrived on the spot within few minutes and joined their shoulders for the rescue operation. They also donated their blood for the injured.
BRINGING NAGARVASIS AND VANVASIS CLOSER
Every year vanvasi Kalyan Parishad Hyderabad organizes a two-day Nagarvasi-Vanyatra, which enables the urban dwellers to have firsthand experience of the service projects run by Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram. This year the Yatra was organized from January 17 to 18. A total of 64 persons from 26 families, including 20 children, joined the Vanyatra into the deep forests of Warnagal. Most of the families were from RSS IT Milans and Balagokulams run in Hyderabad.
Elders in Bekkinakeri village, 16km from Belagavi / Belgaum (Karnataka, Bharat) have found an innovative way to convince the importance of having toilets to the people practicing open defecation; that is saying 'good morning' to those heading towards answering nature's call at the wee hours. Elders comprising local gram panchayat body, anganwadi teachers and asha workers gather at the popular places of open defecation from 5.30 am to 8am and say 'good morning' to the people heading towards there. While returning after answering nature's call, they are convinced about benefits of having toilets in terms of health, safety of women and self-esteem. Earlier, the initiative became a joke in village but gradually it has started influencing the minds. Belagavi zilla panchayat observed 'Shouchalayakkagi Samara' (fight for toilets) programme. Bekkinakeri village conducted toilet awareness programme for 11 days. Jatha (procession) by the school students, door-to-door visit by the anganwadi teachers and asha workers were the part of programme. Families were warned with blocking government facilities if toilet is not constructed.
Sairam Bhat, 78, is a farmer by profession and an ayurveda physician by descent. Swami builds houses for the poor free of cost, provided they have at least five cents of land. He lives at Kilinjar in Kasargod district (Kerala, Bharat) Bhat’s journey in helping the poor started by cutting short another ‘important yatra’ in 1995. He had been setting aside money to go to Kashi on turning 58. That was when a poor labourer and his neighbour, whose shack was destroyed in a storm, came to him seeking help. He told him, “Son, I will build you a new house,” remembers a genial Bhat, sitting in his living room which doubles up as a clinic. He used the money saved up for Kashi yatra to build a house for Kuntynana. “After that I never felt the need to go to Kashi again,” he says. The word spread fast, and people started approaching him for houses. Since 1995, he has built 224 houses. Initially, he started with Rs 40,000 per house, and then he raised the budget to Rs 1.20 lakh. Bhat does not remember all his beneficiaries, but one name he recalls is Abdul Rahman, a daily wage labourer in Kunjar. “That’s because all other people came to me; in Rahman’s case, I went to him,” he says. Every room in Rahman’s shack leaked, and was shared by seven children. “Rahman’s was my 25th house,” he says.
Shri C Kannan, a teacher at Velliangadu government school near Karamadai (Tamilnadu, Bharat), chose to pay his respects to his hero, revolutionary poet Subramania Bharathi, on his birth anniversary by gifting the fountain pens to all the 750 students from classes VI to XII. For this he spent Rs 20,000. He has already provided students from economically weaker sections with two sets of uniforms. The science teacher says the gesture would also serve as an encouragement for the students who are in the middle of their half-yearly exams. Kannan says, “Sincerity and dedication from teachers motivate students to perform better. Inspiring children and moulding them into responsible citizens are part of the duty of every teacher.” R Palanisamy, headmaster of the school, said that though Kannan was appointed as a BT Assistant to handle science classes for students of classes VI to IX, out of interest, he used to take English and Mathematics classes. Kannan would make the learning process interesting for students by discussing general issues with them before getting into the text books. (Source: Panchaamritam)