Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang expressed happiness to be a part of the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram. “I cannot express my pleasure at this moment, as some feelings can just be felt and not expressed in words. Rani Maa played a leading role during the freedom struggle. I express my sincere thanks to the government of India and the Kalyan Ashram, which observed the birth centenary of the great freedom fighter all over the country,” he said while addressing the birth centenary celebration of Rani Gaidinliu in New Delhi on January 24. Kalyan Ashram president Shri Jagevram Oraon was also present on the occasion. Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani declared to publish books in various Bharateeya languages compiling the heroic stories of Rani Maa. The books will possibly be published by National Book Trust to apprise the younger generation of the life and work of the great freedom fighter.
TN SEWA BHARATI FELICITATES SANITARY WORKERS
Tamil Nadu unit of Sewa Bharati organized a series of events across Chennai to felicitate sanitary workers who cleaned up the mess left over by the deadliest Chennai floods. On January 21, a function was organized at Manali. Vibhag Pracharak Shri MD Sankar Felicitated the workers. Shri Boopalakrishnan of Vallalar Peravai presided over the function. District Revenue Official Shri M Mohammed Badsha along with Sewa Bharati State coordinatior Smt Kanchana Mala also graced the occasion.
MEALS TO PATIENTS AT NO PROFIT NO LOSS BASIS BY SEWA BHARATI
Jaipur unit of Sewa Bharati launched a project in Jaipur on January 30 to provide meals to the patients of mental hospital run at Sethi Colony. Apart from patients, their attendants will also be provided meals at just Rs. 10 per person. Earlier the Sewa Bharati used to provide dry rice, dal and flour to the patients, but people faced the problem of cooking that dry meal. Therefore, the decision was taken to provide cooked food at no profit no loss basis. The project was formally launched by Health Minister of Rajasthan Shri Rajendra Singh Rathore. State BJP president Shri Ashok Parnami, Principal of SMS Medical College Dr. US Agarwal, businessman Shri Mahendra Derawala and Sewa Bharati leaders were also present on the occasion. It is third of its kind project run by Sewa Bharati in Rajasthan. Two other projects are run in Bikaner and Ajmer.
‘SHKSHAM’ CONDUCTS LEPROSY ERADICATION CAMPAIGN
Jaipur unit of Saksham, a leading organization dedicated to the cause of differently-abled people, organized a leprosy eradication campaign in Jaipur to educate people about various aspect related to the disease. Under the campaign, a function was organized in Jaipur. Dr. Gajanand Ojha apprised the people about some facts about the disease. Senior leader of Saksham Shri Kamlakant Pandey also addressed the participants. Dr. Pankaj Jain was felicitated on the occasion for conducting successful operations for cancer. Co-convener of Saksham Shri Rajesh Chedwal apprised the audience of the activities being conducted by the organization for eradication of blindness. It is to be noted that Saksham is working for making Bharat free from blindness by the year 2018.
NINE-DAY CAMP TO PROMOTE SOCIAL VOLUNTARISM
Samartha Bharata, a voluntary organisation dedicated to promote social voluntarism, organised a 9-day residential camp from January 23 to 31, called Social Transformation Empowerment Programme (STEP) in which 67 youth participated. Eminent personalities including Dr Deviprasad Shetty, Swami Paramananda, Shri Mukul Kanitkar, Dr MK Shridhar, Shri Ravi Iyer guided the youth. STEP focuses on empowering and connecting college students and professionals to various social organisations which are already into different facets of social transforming initiatives.STEP was divided into two phases. Phase-I was a week long orientation camp to enable volunteers to understand the lifecycle of social transformation initiatives, and to interact personally with leading social activists and their activities. Phase-II was a six month long execution activity where social volunteers pursued and worked in a social project of their choice under the guidance of a social activist or NGO. Volunteers submitted a social impact report regarding their social transformation initiative by the end of Phase-II. This camp focused on topics from 8 social segments (Education, Health, Rural, Urban, Policy, Media, Environment, NGO enablement), covered 32 sessions by 28 eminent speakers. The topics covered, sector specific issues, motivational and ideological concepts.
In a gesture of love to people suffering from cancer, 13 students from the Providence Women’s College, Kozhikode (Kerala, Bharat) donated their hair at a programme organised on campus. Beauticians from a leading beauty parlour in the city came to help the girls to cut and pack the hair for donation. Archana Sebastian, a student from the same college who coordinated the initiative said the collected hair would be donated to some of the selected hospitals in Kerala for making quality wigs for cancer patients. “For You, a non-governmental organisation working for the welfare of children in Kerala, is currently coordinating the initiative on the campuses and more number of students from various colleges have expressed their willingness to join the initiative,” she said. Last year, around 60 students from Providence College had donated their hair expressing solidarity to the wig-making programmes. Though the participation was comparatively less on Wednesday’s programme, organisers said it was due to some new quality parameters fixed for the selection of hair for donation. The side-effect of chemotherapy is most visible on the hair. For a woman, it is really a painful experience. The programme coordinators believe that the voluntary support of young girls would be a big consolation for such struggling women.
Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, rescued an accident victim on January 29, 2016 and got him admitted to a hospital at Chinthamani near Neelambur on way to Kerala. When Radhakrishnan’s convoy was near Chettipalayam (Tamilnadu, Bharat) around 11 a.m., he found M. Balakrishnan (44) lying on the road with injuries on his head and hand. He immediately stopped the car, took the victim in an escort car and had him admitted to a private hospital. Mr. Balakrishnan of SIHS Colony was riding pillion on K. Gandhirajan’s two-wheeler when the accident happened. The police said that. Gandhirajan lost control of his motorcycle and fell to the ground after hitting another two-wheeler. That two-wheeler had a few minutes earlier rammed a lorry that was parked on the road side and was lying on the ground. . Pon Radhakrishnan also visited the hospital,' said a police officer. Balakrishnan was given treatment for the injury and his condition is said to be stable.
Weaving khadi through solar charkhas has changed the life of Geeta Devi, 50, and Komal Devi, 40, of Dausa (Rajasthan, Bharat). Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned their names and their success stories in his `Man Ki Baat', his monthly radio broadcast over All India Radio. The Khadi Commission had started a training programme for solar charkhas which both Geeta and Komal had attended. “Tailoring and weaving is our ancestral profession. With regular use of charkha one gets a pain in the shoulder in old age. But this (solar) is easier to operate. Earlier I used to earn Rs 80 a day but now I am making Rs 150 to Rs 200,“ said Geeta. During the radio programme, the PM said, “The experiment with the solar energy based charkha has been successful. The (physical) labour has gone down, production has increased, and there has been a qualitative change. Those using a solar charkha have been sending me lots of letters. Geeta Devi and Komal Devi of Rajasthan and Sadhna Devi of Nawada in Bihar have written to me saying that their lives have changed drastically because of the solar charkha. They say their income has doubled.” (Courtesy:Panchaamritam)