NGO adopted 208 farmers in Ahmednagar

An NGO Padma Bhushan Dr Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil Foundation led by Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district is all set to adopt 208 farmer families, whose sole bread winners have committed suicide owing to agrarian crisis in the region.

The Foundation in the name of Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, who was engaged in several social works. His son Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil is presently Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly. He was the Agriculture minister in the previous Congress-NCP regime and a former union minister.

The Foundation will provide aide to the wife, parents and children of 208 farmer families in Ahmednagar district. It will take care of education, marriage and health care needs of these families. It will also try to provide a source of income by supporting the family to start a business or secure a job.

These are families that are already covered under some government scheme. Foundation conducted a survey in the last two months across the district and realised that the state government’s aid was insufficient. Hence Foundation decided to chip in and fill the gap.

योग को बढ़ावा देने में उत्कृष्ट योगदान के लिए प्रधानमंत्री पुरस्कार घोषित

राममणि आयंगार स्मारक योग संस्थान, पुणे ने प्रतिष्ठित पुरस्कार जीता

Yoga (photo- India Today)

योग को बढ़ावा देने और उसके विकास में उत्कृष्ट योगदान देने के लिए पहले प्रधानमंत्री पुरस्‍कार के लिए राममणि आयंगार स्मारक योग संस्थान का चयन किया गया है। इस पुरस्कार की शुरूआत करने की घोषणा प्रधानमंत्री ने पिछले वर्ष चंडीगढ़ में दूसरे अंतर्राष्ट्रीय योग दिवस के अवसर पर 21 जून, 2016 को की थी।

पुरस्कार की सिफारिश मंत्रिमंडल सचिव की अध्यक्षता में गठित एक मूल्यांकन समिति (जूरी) ने की। इसमें प्रधानमंत्री के अतिरिक्त प्रधान सचिव, विदेश सचिव, सचिव (आयुष) और डॉ. विरेन्द्र हेगड़े सदस्य के रूप में शामिल थे। समिति ने अनुवीक्षण समिति की सिफारिशों की जांच की और संस्थानों और अलग-अलग व्यक्तियों के योगदानों का स्वयं विश्लेषण किया तथा प्रतिष्ठित पुरस्कार के लिए पुणे स्थित राममणि आयंगार स्मारक योग संस्थान की सिफारिश की। सरकार ने योग को बढावा देने और उसके विकास में उत्कृष्ट योगदान देने के लिए राममणि आयंगार स्मारक योग संस्थान को प्रधानमंत्री पुरस्कार से सम्मानित करने की समिति की सिफारिश को स्वीकार कर लिया।

आयुष मंत्रालय ने विज्ञापन के जरिए पुरस्कार के लिए नामांकन आमंत्रित किए थे। मंत्रालय ने पुरस्कार के लिए दिशा-निर्देश तैयार किए थे। दो समितियां – अनुवीक्षण समिति (प्रारंभिक मूल्यांकन के लिए) और मूल्यांकन समिति (जूरी) गठित की गयी ताकि पुरस्कारों के बारे में अंतिम फैसला लेने में पारदर्शी प्रक्रिया अपनायी जा सके।

पुरस्कार का चयन इसके लिए प्राप्त 85 नामांकनों में से किया गया और 15 की अनुवीक्षण समिति द्वारा सिफारिश की गयी। अनुवीक्षण समिति ने अलग-अलग व्यक्तियों और संस्थानों के योगदान के बारे में विस्तृत चर्चा और विश्लेषण करने के बाद प्राप्त आवेदनों में से 16 नाम छांटे। साथ ही समिति ने योग सिखाने वाले जाने-माने ऐसे 15 व्यक्तियों/संगठनों के नामों पर भी विचार करने की सिफारिश की जिन्होंने योग को बढ़ावा देने के क्षेत्र में काफी लंबे समय विश्वनीयता हासिल की लेकिन प्राप्त आवेदनों में जिनका नाम नहीं था। सभी तथ्यों और जानकारियों पर विचार करने के बाद जूरी ने सिफारिश की इस वर्ष का पुरस्कार पुणे स्थित राममणि आयंगार स्मारक योग संस्थान को दिया जाए।

राममणि आयंगार स्मारक योग संस्थान योग के प्रसार के लिए अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर 4 दशक से भी अधिक समय से कार्य कर रहा है। संस्थान ने योग के बारे में पुस्तकें भी प्रकाशित की हैं और इनका अनेक भाषाओं में अनुवाद हो चुका है। दुनियाभर में आयंगार योग के हजारों अध्यापक योग को लोकप्रिय बना रहे हैं।

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Corporate Social Responsibility suggested to promote child welfare

Child focused corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an investment of the corporates and PSUs toward sustainable development and welfare of children, a NCPCR member said today
Child focused corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an investment of the corporates and PSUs toward sustainable development and welfare of children, a NCPCR member said today. “Child focused CSR is an investment for sustainable development including the health and welfare of children,” National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) member Priyank Kanoongo told reporters here. A day-long multi-stakeholders regional convention of north eastern states focusing on CSR participation in strengthening child welfare, child education mechanism in the north eastern region will be organised tomorrow to chalk out a road map for companies to invest for child welfare in various states of the region.

The convention is being organised by NCPCR in partnership with the State Child Protection Society, Assam government’s Social Welfare Department and supported by CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM.”The convention will provide a platform to build understanding between the NGOs/civil society organisations working at the grass root level and welfare schemes of state governments, which can be leveraged through CSR activities,” Kanoongo said.
Leading PSUs and corporate houses, government departments like social welfare and education of eight NE states, NGOs/CSOs working in the field of child welfare, child well being and child education along with the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights of the eight NE states will also participate in the convention.
(Source: financialexpress.com)

Akshaya Patra supports in Tripura for education of Reang Tribe children

In an initiative to recognise, nurture and build talent among marginalised families in Tripura, Great India Talent School (also known as Mahan Bharat Pratibha Vidyalaya) was inaugurated in Kashiram Para, Kanchanpur Sub-division, Tripura on March29, 2017. This project, which has been initiated and led by Great India Talent Foundation, will receive support from Akshaya Patra and Sadhak Ratanmani Seva Sadan.

Great India Talent School will not only focus on children’s education who belong to Reang Tribe of Tripura, but will also provide textbooks, notebooks, uniform and mid-day meals to the children on an entirely free of cost basis. As of now, 350 children have been admitted into the school and this initiative is poised to grow to serve 1000 students. Most importantly, the school will have a major role in the development of Reang community in Tripura.

Honourable Governor of Tripura, Shri Tathagata Roy, who has always been supportive of promoting talents in the region, could not be present during the event due to weather conditions however; he conveyed his message through Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of Great India Talent Foundation and Akshaya Patra, who inaugurated the school.

This project has been initiated by Great India Talent Foundation under the guidance of Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman; and Shri Chanchalapati Dasa, Vice Chairman, with the conviction that India has a large rural population with innumerable abilities and talents which go untapped. On the lines of the ancient Indian Gurukul philosophy, the school aims to identify and nurture the natural inclination of children. Each individual is different with varied strengths and needs; the school will recognise this important aspect and train the children accordingly.

The management will oversee the growth of this important initiative which is poised to tremendously impact the lives of thousands of children and thereby immensely contribute to the development of the North-East India.

The inauguration was graced by His Holiness Tridandi Swami Bhakti Kamal Vaishnava Maharaj, His Holiness Shri Chitta Maharaj and Shri Y Raghavulu, Joint Secretary, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP).
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa thanked the Honourable Governor of Tripura, Shri Tathagata Roy and other dignitaries for extending their full-fledged support. He said, “The school will be a beacon for recognising and furthering young talents on a national and global scale. Imparting education to children and training them on life skills will prepare them to secure a better future for themselves and their families. This will boost their confidence to lead a balanced life of values and productivity.”

Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa also expressed his gratitude for the support received and said, “Our country has great talent. If the right opportunity and ecosystem is provided to the children, they will blossom and become productive in the society.”

(Source: https://www.akshayapatra.org)

Akshaya Patra – Training and Exposure Visit

Akshya Patra TrainingIn collaboration with National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics (NACEN), Akshaya Patra organised a one-day training programme for newly recruited inspectors of NACEN.

Their training sessions, which were held on May 5 and 24, 2017, included visits to centralised kitchen in VK Hill, Bengaluru and beneficiary schools, where they served mid-day meals to school children. NACEN is a training institution which works under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

Green Tribunal directed schools to submit install rainwater harvesting systems

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed private and government schools to submit an action plan on installing rainwater harvesting systems in their premises.

The schools have to submit their proposals in the NGT registry after serving a copy to the Delhi Jal Board. A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim had given schools five days in its June 15 order.

“Each of the noticees (schools) is directed to file memo indicating the stage of the work in progress and further time required to complete the work,” the bench, also comprising expert member Ajay A Deshpande, said. The green panel said the schools need to take immediate steps to set up rainwater harvesting systems as the monsoon season is likely to start soon. The matter is listed hearing on July 17.

The tribunal had earlier directed schools to install rainwater harvesting systems in their premises within 10 days. In the event of failure, it had warned, each one would be saddled with a cost of Rs 20,000.

The NGT had earlier directed the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to inspect private and government schools here after a plea alleged that they had failed to install systems to harvest rainwater in their premises. The direction came during hearing of a plea of Mahesh Chandra Saxena, who claimed to be associated with an NGO working in the field of groundwater conservation. He has claimed that government departments, educational institutions and residential societies had either not installed rainwater harvesting systems, or had set them up but they were non-functional.

(Source: http://www.business-standard.com)

Children facing malnutrition in PM Modi constituency Varanasi, PIL filed in HC

Malnutrition in child are increasing in prime minister Narendra Modi constituency Varanasi

Malnutrition in UPPrime Minister Narendra Modi is working on developing the country towards a developing country from the developing world, while there are still Lakhs of children in Varanasi, whose parliamentary constituency is hunting for malnutrition. Children facing malnutrition in Varanasi the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but no action is taken to provide nutrition and proper treatment and administration is not caring of. So NGO files Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Allahabad High Court, So High Court has sought a counter affidavit on PIL highlighting malnutrition among the children of several villages in Varanasi district.

Over one lakh children have been identified as malnourished from urban and rural areas of Varanasi in the survey of Child Development Department under Central Government. Under the Child Development Project, 379276 children of Varanasi were weighed in 0 to 5 years. In this, on the basis of weight, more than one lakh children were found in the category of malnutrition and 23313 children were found to be extremely malnourished.

High Court division bench, in its order dated June 20, directed the Varanasi district magistrate to file his reply on a PIL filed by the NGO Jan Adhikar Manch. According to the petition that following media reports about malnutrition among the children of Harhua block in the district, it had sent a fact-finding team to five villages between May and June and the team confirmed that at least 22 children were malnourished, three of them acutely.

In PIL it has alleged that some of these children remained malnourished, despite having undergone treatment at a malnutrition rehabilitation centre in Varanasi city since they did not get nutritious food, including a certain quantity of desi ghee once daily, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the state’s Directorate of Child Development Service and Nutrition.

The petitioner NGO has prayed for directions to the district magistrate to “ensure the daily and uninterrupted supply of nutritious food to the 22 malnourished children” and to “monitor its implementation on a monthly basis”. NGO has also prayed for directions for “constitution of different teams in all the eight blocks of Varanasi district to identify the malnourished children in all the villages”, so that medicines and nutrition could be provided to them. IN PIL NGO has also appended photographs of some of the malnourished children in the age group of one to six years. High court has fixed July 4 as the next date of hearing in the matter and directed the Varanasi district magistrate to file a counter affidavit.

The facts included in PIL is of acertain area Children but according to media reports in the rural areas, the highest number of 3652 children are in the category of malnourished. The number of malnourished children in the Kashi Vidyapeeth block is 3193, in Sewapuri 2205, 2336 in Chirigaon, 1762 in Pindra, 1603 in Harihua, 1605 in Bargaon and 1906 children in Cholapur block are in the category of very malnourished.

The number of highly malnourished children in the city area is more than 5000 according to records of the Child Development Department. After identification of malnourished children, health department has claimed to planned to nurture the children. Under this claim Nutrition is given to the malnourished children with treatment. According to the Health Department statistics, so far the health of 7894 children has improved.

Many schemes are being run by the central government and the state government for the poor families and children, including rural areas and backward areas, but the figures of malnourished children have been revealed so that these schemes are limited to only paper.

Gujarat CM inaugurates Bhavnagar Centralised kitchen

On June 7, 2017, Akshaya Patra opened a new centralised kitchen in Bhavnagar – fifth largest city in the state of Gujarat. The kitchen, which has the capacity to cook mid-day meals for 50,000 children, was inaugurated by Shri Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat at Jawahar Ground, Bhavnagar.

About 28,000 children from 57 government schools In Bhavnagar will be benefitted by Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meals in Bhavnagar.

We thank our donors who have supported in setting up this kitchen and in procuring machinery for the operations:

Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC)
Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB)
Gujarat Gas Ltd (GGL)

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