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Ramadan 1424 H
November 2003
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Value of Self-Help
Hajis, Hurry Up!
Migraine? Walk into Sanjeevni

Value of Self-Help

Syed Sajjad Pasha, Secretary of the District Literacy Committee and his team have motivated over 20,000 volunteers in Hassan to work towards creating awareness on literacy and women's empowerment!

Hassan: Adavibantarahalli, a small village about five km from the Hassan-Belur main road was facing acute water scarcity due to failure of the monsoon in the district. The villagers had to trek long distances everyday to fetch water. Their pleas to the Government for help went in vain.

It was at this juncture that the self-help groups (SHGs) promoted by the District Literacy Committee (DLC) offered help. Now the villagers have enough drinking water. Hundreds of SHG volunteers removed silt in the village tank for nearly a week and the tank is now full. A similar exercise was undertaken at Kadadharavalli, some seven km from the Hassan-Halebeed road. Encouraged by this, SHGs in 12 villages of the drought-hit Arsikere taluk, including Hosabandihalli, Chikkahalkur, Hullenahalli, Balenahalli, Mahadevarahalli, Munjenahalli, Naagarahalli, Basanapura, T. Kodihali, Laalanakere and Honnakumaranahalli have taken up work on removing silt from village tanks.

Now the federation of SHGs had decided to take up work on tanks across the district to alleviate the drinking water problem. Secretary of the District Literacy Committee, Syed Sajjad Pasha says that it had been decided to take up work on removing silt in 1,200 tanks in the district. He claimed that the SHGs promoted by the DLC were different from the SHGs formed by the Department of Women and Child Development. Infact, the SHGs promoted by the DLC did not get any assistance from the Government. Hassan was the only district that had neo-literate SHGs promoted by DLC, he claimed. The DLC, which was formed in 1995 with the aim of creating awareness about literacy, had witnessed vast growth. Some 20,000 volunteers were working in Hassan district. Pasha, who was inspired by the work of women SHGs in Madhya Pradesh said: “ Nearly 2,400 Nirantara Kalika Kendras (NKK) were started in the district by DLC. Along with creating awareness on literacy, the work involved education on women’s empowerment, improving the quality of rural life, upgrading the skills of rural labour, etc.”

Now, 1801 SHGs were active in the development programme in the district and they had saved nearly 10 crore, he said. The district SHGs were lauded for their achievements and were honoured by the Government recently in Bangalore. These SHGs were acting as mini banks in rural areas. Members contributed regularly to the fund that had been set up to help them in the crisis, Pasha said.

The fund was formed to stop people from approaching money-lenders and guard the self-esteem of villagers. While admitting that SHGs involving men were fewer in number, Pasha pointed out that a majority of SHGs were run by women. The SHGs promoted by women were holding regular meetings and keeping track of the development in the village. The SHG volunteers helped villagers who were in dire straits, he said.

When drinking water became scarce due to the drought, the DLC decided to remove silt in the village tanks. Though the initial response from villagers was poor, they later understood the value. According to Pasha, the success achieved at Kadadaravalli and Adavibantanahalli had spurred people in other villages to undertake similar exercises.

In view of the suicide by farmers in the district, the DLC had sought the help of SHGs to raise the confidence among farmers. The SHGs and other organizations were counseling farmers against resorting to the extreme step. The SHGs were discussing the issue at their weekly meetings and collecting information on farmers’ problems and how it could be tackled. The DLC would also hold discussions at the Hobli level to instill confidence among the farmers.

Get in touch with Syed Sajjad Pasha for further details at : Ph:08172-264829/266607

(The Hindu, September 28, 2003)

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Hajis, Hurry Up!

Mumbai: The government of India has fixed the subsidized Air Fare of Rs 12,000 to be collected from the pilgrims of Haj 2004, proceeding for Haj through the Haj Committee India. However the Income tax payees, persons performing Haj through Haj Committee India, the second time and those availing Exemption from the purview of Reserved Accommodation Scheme are not entitled for subsidized air fare. Such pilgrims are required to pay the full amount of Air Fare which shall be announced separately.

The Intending Pilgrims are therefore requested to deposit the Air Fare of Rs 12,000 per pilgrim immediately in the shape of bank draft drawn in favour of " Haj Committee India, Mumbai," payable at Mumbai in the office of the Haj Committee India, Haj House, 7-A, M.R.A Marg (Palton Road), Mumbai-400001, alongwith a duly notorized Affidavit that they were not Income tax Payees and they have not performed Haj through the Haj Committee India, earlier and availed the subsidy. The last date for submission of bank drafts towards Air Fare is 15.11.2003.

Chief Executive Officer, Haj Committee India, Haj House, 7-A, M.R.A Marg (Palton Road), Mumbai-400001

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Migraine? Walk into Sanjeevni

Bangalore: What is our knowledge about the ill-effects of modern medicine or have we ever thought of Alternative Medicine? Migrating all the way from Jharkhand, Dr Aftab Ahmed has set up Sanjeevni in Bangalore. Called as the Nature Cure Centre and a Clinic of Alternative Systems of Medicine, the clinic offers the Bach-Flower Remedy, Magnet Therapy, Herbal Therapy Bio Chemic, Laser Accupuncture, Bio Electronics, Quantum Therapy and Dr Clark's Therapy. According to Dr Aftab, he aims at providing safe, reliable and dependable treatments under one roof. For further details get in touch with Dr Aftab Ahmed at Sanjeevni, No 743/2, 10th Main, Pillana Garden 3rd stage, Bangalore-560045. Ph:5498835, Mobile:98861 52789

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