19-21 September 2017, Shantman Nagar (Ranchi): State level seminar on Right to Information Act 2005 was organized under joint auspices of Vishwa Yuvak Kendra-New Delhi, Abhiyan-Patna and NBJK-Ranchi. The program took place at Jay Prakash auditorium of NBJK-Ranchi.
Mr. Girija Satish (President, National Lok Samiti) has inaugurated the seminar and cited about importance of RTI Act towards sincerity in welfare programs by the government. Tax payers deserve all information regarding use or misuse of their contribution to nation building, he opined and asked for clarity about status of NGOs under the law as this aims for transparent and accountable governance basically. Mr. Girija Satish was concerned about coming out of some fake RTI activists also and appealed to value the spirit of this law.
Before this, Mr. Chandrabhushan (Secretary, Abhiyan) welcomed all dignitaries-participants and called the seminar as a step to proper monitoring of governance by informed citizenry. Mr. Rupesh (Right to Food campaign-Bihar & Advisor-Supreme Court) has said that No Information leads us to be without any opinion that damages our democracy ultimately. RTI Act is important as it opens way to get benefits of other laws too, he pointed out. Mr. Ajit Kumar Roy (Program Officer, VYK) has expected for a full length discussion and people’s education over one of their important rights in the seminar. Mr. Vinod Ranjan (Mantri, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi-Patna) has termed RTI as a revolutionary step and suggested for its proper use. Mr. Prakash Pran (Mantri, Bihar Sarvoday Mandal) has requested social workers to reveal irregularities of flood relief and social security schemes by the government.
Mr. Ramnath Thakur (Bhojpur, Bihar) has put the question of under-trial prisoners and found RTI Act useful to raise other burning issues under public domain. Mr. L. B. Shastri (Shramik Shiksha Board, Ranchi) was for adequate space for Right to Information within our system and Md. Abdus Subhan (Sahibganj, Jharkhand) has invited RTI volunteers to work at panchayat level. Mr. Krishna Kant (Manav Jodo Abhiyan) and Mr. Shankar Rana (Jharkhand Pradesh Lok Samiti) have appreciated the move to popularize RTI activities.
The seminar was chaired by Mr. Sachchidanand (General Secretary, National Lok Samiti) and participated by more than 100 delegates from various social organizations across Jharkhand and Bihar.
16 September 2017, Hazaribag: A picnic for deafblind & multi-sensory impaired children was organized at Swarn Jayanti Park under the program of SPARSH Services for Persons/Children with Deafblindness (DB) & Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI) with support of Sense India, Ahmedabad. There were 50 children, parents & program staffs present in the excursion and they have enjoyed the event with a number of activities like painting, blind-hidden/needle-thread/ slide-swing games, sign language competition etc.
There was an informal meeting with the parents and Md. Nayeem (Asst. Program Coordinator) has briefed them about objective of the outing as an exposure to DB/MSI children. He insisted for their involvement in the home/center based services their wards avail as parents can motivate such children more easily. Also he suggested for orientation & mobility, activities of daily life, physiotherapy, Braille, sign language, school enrollment etc. to such children and assured for program support. He appealed the parents to find out other DB/MSI children in their localities so that they too can get specialized services under the program. Currently there are 111 beneficiaries under the program reached to 78 villages/mohallas in 9 blocks of Hazaribag, Ramgarh and Ranchi districts.
During the picnic, also Mr. Paras Nath Mahto (Special Educator), Mrs. Indu Gupta and Ms Rashmi Parveen (both CBR workers) have provided proper guidance to parents & children. There was a feast attended by all and children-parents were dropped to their places at last.
11-17 September 2017, Hazaribag: Four deprived women Mrs. Meena Devi, Mrs. Vidya Devi, Mrs. Tilkeshwri Devi and Mrs. Manju Devi from villages Lupung, Pelawal, Gadokhar and Katkamsaandi repectively in Katkamsaandi block have got brand-new sewing machines and a weeklong residential training with support of Usha International Ltd., Delhi. There was online donation to NBJK for such purpose. Also a unit of 10 needy women from Giridih district has got tailoring training and new machines under Usha Silai School Program (Phase-VI).
All these 14 women have got service kits with their sewing machines. Mrs. Savita Thakur (Master Trainer) and Mr. Ritesh Lohani (Program Coordinator) from Usha International Limited have guided the trainees upon sewing skill, machine & maintenance. They encouraged the women to run Usha Silai School and provided tips for time management and business insight also.
Mr. Prabhu Nath Sharma (Treasurer-NBJK & Program Coordinator) has informed that beneficiary women for another unit from Dhanbad have been selected already and soon we will organize training for them. It is worth mentioning that 512 needy women earn Rs. 3000-7000 per month by running Usha Silai Schools and Satellite Sewing Centers in 39 districts of Jharkhand & Bihar with support of Usha International Ltd.
09 September 2017, Hazaribag: District level Disable’s People’s Organization (DPO) promoted under Disability Rights program with support of AVI-BLF, UK was restructured during a meeting held at Curzon Ground stadium, Hazaribag. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Pappu Lal Vishwakarma and members have changed the DPO’s name unanimously as Zila Viklaang Sansthaan. Also they have elected new office bearers among them and Mr. Raj Kumar Rana, Mr. Raj Kumar, Mr. Santosh Kumar, Mrs. Hashibunnisha were declared as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer respectively.
The newly elected office bearers have assured for registration of this restructured DPO with this new name soon. Many program staffs and key members like Messrs Deepak Kumar Sharma, Nagesh Kumar, Vinod Yadav, Saroj, Anima Khatoon, Poorn Prakash Rana, Neelam Sharma, Shahjehan Khatoon, Sujit Mishra, Annu Kumar, Shankar Prasad, Manoj Sagar Rana have participated in the meeting enthusiastically.
We want to work as an active organization for the cause of PwDs (People with Disabilities) as most of us are suffering and waiting for entitlements due to systemic lacuna, Mr. Raj Kumar Rana (President) said after the meeting. More than 80 PwDs from Hazaribag Sadar, Badkagaon, Bishnugarh, Padma, Ichak, Katkamsaandi, Katkamdaag, Churchu, Daroo blocks have attended the meeting and all they vowed to work jointly in a planned way to address the issues block wise.
5-6 September, Koderma/Khunti: During working with farmers under Holistic Rural Development Program (HRDP) operational in Koderma district with support of HDFC Bank, it was found that people are not so much familiar with SRI (System of Rice Intensification) method and the program team has decided for an exposure visit for farmers to Khunti, where NBJK (with support of SRTT-Mumbai & CInI-Jharkhand) has promoted tribal people towards food security and enhanced income.
There were 2 farmers (one female-one male) selected from each project village and total 30 farmers from 15 villages of Koderma district had an opportunity to see the agricultural advancement in villages of Khunti district. Koderma team was led by Mr. Rahul Saw (Asst. Program Manager, NBJK) and received by Mr. Anil Kumar Hassa (Area Coordinator, NBJK) at Khunti. These farmers have visited two villages namely Pando and Chatta under Bichna panchayat in Murhu block of Khunti. They have seen six different plots in two groups and observed solar energy based irrigation setup. They visited a community nursery of vegetables like chilly, brinjal, cabbage, tomato etc. It was noticed by Koderma people that their Khunti counterparts are growing two types of paddy like SRI line sowing and KPS (Kharif Paddy Stabilization) without line sowing. Also they use nominal fertilizers and doing all these activities in group.
Mr. Anil Kumar Hassa (NBJK-Khunti) was the guide for this exposure. This was really a different and live experience for our farmers and such practices can be replicated at Koderma also, Mr. Rahul Saw (NBJK-Koderma) said expectantly.
07 September 2017, Bogodar: Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Eye Hospital, Bahera (Chouparan, Hazaribag) has started a Vision / Eye Checkup Center at Bagodar, an important township of Giridih district situated at its border adjacent to Hazaribag district in Jharkhand. Bagodar is the block with a population of 2,36,482 in 138 villages of 46 village panchayats under Giridih district but lack any eye care facility. Since many people from this area come at LNJP Eye Hospital, Chouparan (about 70 km) for eye treatment, it was decided to open a Vision Center at Bagodar to cater people in need of eye care services.
Dr. Kuntal Kumar (In-charge Medical Officer, Community Health Center-Bagodar) has inaugurated the Vision Center by LNJP Eye Hospital here and described this as a boon for local people suffering from various eye problems. Its significant that the Vision Center will provide a complete, computerized eye checkup at a nominal charge of Rs. 50 only and people can avail power glasses of new designs at economy prices.
Mr. Pankaj Kumar (Ophthalmic Assistant) will be available at this Vision Center and severe eye patients of Glaucoma, Retina, Cataract etc. will be reffered to base hospital, Mr. Tripan Das (Administrator, LNJPEH) has informed during the press conference held on this occasion. This is worth mentioning that 100 beded LNJP Eye Hospital is an ISO 9001-2015 rated modern eye hospital which cared for about 3 lac OPD patients and performed more than 70 thousand cataract surgeries since it started in the year 2005.
The inaugural program of Bagodar Vision Center was graced by Mr. Girija Satish (President, NBJK) who talked to eye patients and took a stock of the facilities available here. He was accompanied by Mr. Gandharv Gaurav, Mr. Anand Abhinav (Program Directors), Mr. Tripan Das (Administrator, LNJPEH), Mr. Karunanidhi (In-charge, Vision Centers-LNPEH), Mr. Pankaj Kumar (Ophthalmic Assistant) and other staffs of the eye hospital.
This is the fifth Vision Center in a row by LNJP Eye Hospital. There are such centers at Hazaribag, Chatra, Sherghati (Gaya), Godda already and proved quite helpful for common people with eye problem.
22 August 2017, Giridih: Rojgar Training Center (RTC), Giridih has felicitated its 120 youth trainees during a certification ceremony graced by Mr. Nirbhay Kumar Shahabadi (MLA, Giridih) as the chief guest. RTC, Giridih is one among 11 RTCs being run at 10 district headquarters of Jharkhand under Program for Sustainable Livelihood with support of Axis Bank Foundation, Mumbai.
Mr. Shahabadi has distributed course completion certificates among the trainees finished their three months training in the trades of BCA, Tally, DTP, Beautician, Electrician, Tailoring and General Duty Assistant. Just getting certificates can’t be any objective of this event but we hope for employment or self-employment for the youths, now equipped with various skills required for our livelihood purpose, the MLA opined during that function held at Red Cross Building, Giridih. Mr. Nirbhay Kr. Shahabadi has said that youths cover 63% population of India and our Government too executes many youth friendly schemes. He commended NBJK and Axis Bank Foundation for running such skill development program for youths, particularly for women/girls from rural background.
Dr. (Mrs.) Aarti Verma (Lecturer, R. K. Women’s College-Giridih) has appealed for hard work by the youths in search of job or to start own business as per their learnt skill. Other dignitaries like Mr. Devendra Prasad Singh (Head Master, JC Bose Girls’ High School), Dr. N. P. Nayar, Mr. Shailendra Kumar Sharma and Mr. Raj Kumar Pathak have expressed their views and encouraged the passing out trainees.
Earlier Mr. Anjani Kumar Sinha (Center In-charge) has welcomes all the guests and participants. He has assured for quality skill training among youths of Giridih by RTC. A team comprised by Messrs Anshumaan, Shreya Ghashal, Vikas Mishra, Pramod Kumar, Gudiya Kumari, Shilpa Kumari, Rumana Amzad, Rajkumar Pathak, Sadanand Prasad, Sunil Kumar has organized the program.
Amrit Nagar, 15 August 2017: 71st Independence Day of the nation was celebrated with much zeal and passion at NBJK coordination office, head office, other branches and schools run by the organization. Mr. Girija Satish (President, NBJK) has hoisted the tricolor at coordination office and led the group recital of national anthem. He offered his best wishes to staffs, trainees and villagers on this occasion. Mr. Girija has addressed the audience briefly and mentioned about fundamental rights of Indian citizens including their freedom of speech & expression, right to life & liberty, movement & residence, freedom of religion etc. He said that still we counter various problems related to caste, communalism, superstition, misery of farmers, disparity with women, employment for youths, disaster management and all these need a combined effort to be subsided. He appealed young generation to get inspiration from the lives of great people for career making and nation building.
Mr. Satish Girija (Secretary, NBJK) has called the very stability of this independence as a challenge and stressed over individual empowerment to feel free and independent. He expressed deep concern over inadequate health facility in villages even after 70 years of independence. Mr. Satish stood by religious freedom with communal harmony and mentioned about people’s empowerment through NBJK programs.
Mr. Prabhu Nath Sharma (Treasurer, NBJK) has explained about three colors of our national flag and differentiated the freedom from being bridle less. He valued truthfulness, honesty and appealed the youths to work in favor of our motherland. There were about 100 people present on this occasion and the air was echoed with patriotic slogan as tribute to martyrs, freedom fighters. The program was anchored by Mr. Pravesh Singh (Assistant Manager).
Hazaribag, 14 August 2017: Around 200 trainees from 5th to 10th batches of Rozgar Training Centre (RTC) were distributed their course completion certificates in a simple ceremony organized under the Program of Sustainable Livelihood (PSL) with support of Axis Bank Foundation, Mumbai. Dr. B. P. Sinha (District RCH Officer), Mr. Rajiv Bagga (Proprietor, Kshitij & Aushman Hospitals), Dr. Mukesh Kumar (Lecturer of Economics, St. Columba’s College) and Mr. Anand Singh (Administrator, CP Plus Securities) were distinguished guests on the occasion.
Dr. B. P. Sinha has applauded the short term vocational courses offered by RTC and noticed about capacity building of youths, particularly women that provides them space for employability. Mr. Rajiv Bagga has called RTC as an important learning center for rural youths and appreciated its Bed Side Patient Attendant (BSPA) course that enables many to get jobs in health sector. Mr. Anand Singh has encouraged the trainees and offered them jobs at his organization. Learning of professional skills is must to have economic self-reliance and RTC adds an edge to such aspirants, Dr. Mukesh Kumar said during his address. Few trainees like Laxmi, Rachna, Lalita, Shama, Ajit, Abhishek too have shared their experiences during the gathering.
It’s significant that RTC runs 3 months short but practical courses in the trades of BSPA, Beautician, Tailoring, Computer Software-Hardware and Mobile Repair for youths. Normally 75% of them get placement and some others start their own business also. The RTC team by Mr. Rupesh Mallik (Center In-Charge), Mr. Kirti Rawat (Placement Officer), Mr. Ankit Anurag, Mr. Lalan Saw, Mr. Subodh Kumar, Mrs. Shalini Jha, Mrs. Anjana Sinha and Mrs. Sunita Kumari (all faculties) were present in the event.
01 August 2017, Hazaribag: UNICEF, Department of Social Welfare, Plan International and NBJK have started a combined awareness campaign across Hazaribag district during World Breastfeeding Week from 1 – 7 August. The campaign van with audio-visual publicity materials was flagged off by Ms Garima Singh (Trainee IAS Officer) and Mrs. Veena Kumari (District Social Welfare Officer, Hazaribag).
Dr. Vijay Shankar Das (Civil Surgeon, Hazaribag), Mr. Ashwini Chaurasiya (Regional Coordinator, UNICEF), Mr. Sanjay Prasad (District Child Protection Officer, Hazaribag), Mr. Ranjan Kumar (Program Manager, NBJK) and Mr. Alok Toppo (Asst. Program Manager, NBJK) were present on this occasion to goodbye the Campaign Van. The van with volunteer will cross through more than 100 villages of Hazaribag Sadar (rural & urban areas), Churchu, Katkamsaandi, Daroo, Vishnugarh, Daari, Katkamdaag and Barhi blocks of Hazaribag district.
Its objective is to promote breastfeeding for babies & small children by making people, especially mothers aware about inbuilt immunity potential of mothers’ milk and its benefits for children. We want to disseminate the message that only mother’s milk should be provided to babies up to 6 months of age and also other important topics like nutritional food, vaccination, clean drinking water, growth monitoring, cleanliness & hygiene will be covered under the campaign, Mr. Alok Toppo has informed.