SILCHAR: The foundation day of a social welfare organisation Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram was observed at its centre (Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, South Assam zone) in Silchar on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, Atul Jog, secretary (organisation), Akhil Bharatiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, who was present as the chief guest, enlightened about the organisation’s rich history and its valuable contributions for the growth and prosperity of the poverty-stricken people of the society.
He spoke about the founder of Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram Balasaheb Deshpande (original name Ramakant Keshav Deshpande) and about his various struggles to set up the organisation. “The journey for Balasaheb in starting the organisation was extremely challenging. He had to face various obstacles, but despite that he kept working relentlessly and motivating people to work for the society’s betterment,” he said.
About Balasaheb’s camaraderie with the Northeast, he said Balasaheb had come to the Northeast for the first time in 1990s and started connecting with the masses to bolster the organisation’s base in this region.
About Kalyan Ashram’s initiatives for students, he said the organisation has started free coaching classes for civil services examinations in many places including Bilaspur, Bhopal and a few others. Many students have cracked the examination and doing jobs now. He suggested that such a study centre (to provide free coaching to students) should be started in the organisation’s Silchar centre.
Distinguished guests Mihir Kumar Roy and Amitabh Bhattacharjee were also present.
A member of Kalyan Ashram’s Silchar centre told Daily Pachali that they would conduct a campaign of collecting old books from people (who do need them anymore) and distribute among the needy ones, he said. He earnestly appealed to everyone for financial support to the organization so that it can take more and more initiatives for the welfare of the masses.
Established in December, 1952, Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram focuses on the welfare activities of Janjatis, that is scheduled tribes in remote areas of the country and has branches throughout the country. These branches focus on agriculture, healthcare, child education, and sports. It also works to create cultural awareness among Janjatis thereby facilitating the idea of preservation of their tradition and customs followed in different groups.