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Bhamashah Award

It was in 1994 that Sh. Gautam R Morarka first founded a charity organization to serve the people at the grassroots level in Uttar Pradesh. With a passion to help people, he started project after project to ensure that their basic problems are taken care of and they don’t suffer due to lack of essential facilities and services. After working for about a decade in Uttar Pradesh, he expanded the scope of his social service activities to Rajasthan.  

He was always concerned about the developmental problems, infrastructural bottlenecks and lack of fundamental necessities in the desert state, however, his industrial and business compulsions didn’t allow him to spend more time in Rajasthan at that time. The region was clear; he was setting up his plant in Bijnor at that time that kept him constantly engaged. About a decade later, when his industrial compulsions eased a little, Sh. Morarka visited Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan, the land where his forefathers belonged to; the land he himself is deeply attached emotionally with; the land with which he has a strong traditional, familial bond.
 
With the help of three charity organizations he runs, Sh. Gautam Morarka started working on the ground in Jhunjhunu, making Nawalgarh the central point to run social service activities. R R Morarka Charitable Trust and its branch Sewajyoti, which has now become even larger than the parent trust in size, impact and image deployed their die-hard volunteers in the area with a sole objective of helping people move ahead. Development was the goal and clearing the way for a better future was the first strategic objective in this regard. The process, obviously, had to begin with education; a trait that makes communities knowledgeable, aware, informed, more capable and confident.
 
     
 
He took initiative to build a massive building for the government college in Jhunjhunu, which was earlier run from just four rooms. Spending Rs. 2.45 crore in the first and 53 lakh in the second phase, Sewajyoti and R R Morarka Charitable Trust completely metamorphosed the college building which now comes across as a fascinating site resembling palace of Jaipur. 
 
More than 1500 students receive education in a modern, well-equipped, technology-enabled atmosphere and come out with an impressive performance in the university exams every year. The hugely popular government college, known as Shri Radheshyam R Morarka Govt Post Graduate College, gets regular headlines in the media and has acquired reputation that envies even the privately run colleges. It is today, one of the most sought after educational institutions in the district.
 
A welcome recognition
 
Though he never expected anything in return for his efforts in the education sector, Sh. Gautam R Morarka was pleasantly surprised when the government of Rajasthan announced his name for the prestigious ‘Bhamashah Award’ in year 2006. People say, history repeats itself. In year 2011 too, he was chosen for the coveted honour. Acceping the award with grace and humility, he feels such awards are important as they recognize individual efforts of dedicated people in serving the society. This, in turn, should inspire others sparking a very positive, very meaningful chain reaction for the larger benefit of the society.
     
Bhamashah Award is founded in the memory of historical figure Bhama Shah who gave away all his wealth to Maharana Pratap so that he can build a formidable army to take on King Akbar. Bhama Shah’s spirit of patriotism is one of the most shining examples of commitment to the nation in our history. Sewajyoti salutes this spirit and has resolved to follow his ideals in a modern day world. 
 
Sh. Gautam Morarka has also received an important recognition from the central government in the way of being nominated to independently review the progress and implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in one district of Rajasthan. Considering the impact MGNREGS is making to the rural India, this is a significant responsibility.

INDIRA GANDHI SADBHAVANA AWARD

They say, if you continue to carry out your duties towards the society with a selfless commitment, recognition of your work is bound to take place. Sh. Gautam Morarka has been working selflessly for the welfare of the weaker sections of the society and for the development of Jhunjhunu and Bijnor regions for many years now and has also played an important role in spreading the message of harmony between different communities and sections of the society.

That his extraordinary commitment to social service has not gone unnoticed by the society was evident recently when Sh. Gautam Morarka was chosen for the prestigious Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana Award for his contribution to social development, peace and harmony. To the people who know him closely, I came as no surprise because the drive, dedication, vision and enthusiasm with which he has been spearheading a silent revolution of development has made a deep impact on the ground as well as inside the hearts of people.

The prestigious award was given away on in an august company of luminaries such as Dr. GVG Krishnamurthy, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Ch. Randhir Singh, farmers eader & former Governor of Sikkim, Dr. HT Sangangian, and Mr. Harikesh Bahadur, former MP & present Secretary of AICC.  

The award was presented to Dwarikesh officials representing Sh. Morarka by Dr. Bhishma Narain Singh, former minister of Parliamentary Affairs and former Governor of Tamilnadu and Assam, during a national symposium and award function on “Life & Works of Late Smt. Indira Gandhi” on 18th November, 2011 organized by the Citizens Integration Peace Society, New Delhi.  

It was in 1994 that Sh. Gautam R Morarka first founded a charity organization to serve the people at the grassroots level in Uttar Pradesh. With a passion to help people, he started project after project to ensure that their basic problems are taken care of and they don’t suffer due to lack of essential facilities and services. After working for about a decade in Uttar Pradesh, he expanded the scope of his social service activities to Rajasthan.  

Swami Krishnanand Saraswati Award

Sh. Gautam R Morarka was conferred with the prestigious ‘Swami Krishnanand Saraswati Award’ on 13th January, 2012 at a glittering ceremony organized by the Lions Club, Nawalgarh (Jhunjhunu). The award, consisting of a felication letter and memorabilia, was handed by Sh. Rajendra Singh Gudha, the Minister for Home Guard, Public security, Statistics and Economics, Rajasthan. Sh. Sudarshan Singh Shekhawat received the award on Sh. Gautam R. Morarka’s behalf. 

The impressive ceremony was attended by political and social dignitaries including Mrs. Sumitra Singh, former Speaker, Rajasthan legislative assembly and senior officials of the Lions Club. Mr. Morarka has been bestowed upon the award in recognition of his valuable and selfless contribution to the society and the nation. The award is given in the memory of the great Hindu saint Swami Krishnanand Saraswati.

Celebrity Visits

Sewajyoti has been fortunate to receive important dignitaries, political figures, social leaders and celebrities at its office and at Radheshyam Morarka Medical Institute in Nawalgarh. Such visits help us understand their perception of things and motivates our ground staff. When former Vice President of India, Late Sh. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat visited the hospital, it was a humbling experience to receive him and learn from his views about social service, health issues and local factors. We learnt a lot from the great leader who had about six decades’ experience in politics and public life.

Sewajyoti and its people have always gained from such dignitaries’ insights, views and suggestions as they deal with different kind of situations every day and they have visited different parts of the country and world. They are the people who take big decisions that make fundamental impact on the society. Their extensive vision helps us develop a broader view of our objectives, strategies and ways used to achieve them.

     

Take the example of Dr. Rajkumar Sharma; a young, energetic, well educated politician who has great understanding of the problems and challenges faced by people at the grassroots level. He looks after important ministries such as Science And Technology, and Health as a Minister of State in the Rajasthan government. When he visited our campus, he easily developed a bond with our young volunteers who gained enormously from his views and inputs. It was a happy intervention of fresh ideas which was very well received by our staff members.

Sh. Brij Kishor Sharma, senior minister in the Rajasthan government,  graced the function to dedicate the government bus terminal constructed to the memory of Late Sh. Radheshyam Ji Morarka. Being a very experienced and mass leader himself, he had so much to share with us on how to connect with the masses.

Mrs. Sumitra Singh, the former speaker of Rajathan Assembly has been closely associated with Sewajyoti since its inception. We continue to receive her guidance and her visits to our premises are always awaited eagerly.

Valuable insights

Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Mrs. Vasundhara Raje had inaugurated Shri Radheshyam R Morarka Govt Post Graduate College building in Jhunjhunu. Sewajyoti’s officials and volunteers were impressed by her deep understanding of the education sector, and her commitment to see results on the ground. She was sporting, skilful and jovial. We enjoyed every bit of her presence among us. 

Many members of parliament, members of legislative assemblies, senior central government officials, state government officials, senior district administration and police officials, scholars, educationists, specialist doctors and surgeons, artists and media professionals have visited Sewajyoti campuses from time to time. Each of such visits brings some new, useful insights and make us feel we are probably moving ahead in the right direction.

Organisational Achievements

The organization has been successfully and prominently participating in various projects of the central and state government in Jhunjhunu district. Sewajyoti believes that everyone, including the citizens, social activists and the NGOs must come forward to help governments implement their programmes and policies meant for welfare of rural people. Many important and path-breaking government schemes fail to get expected results due to shortage of implementing staff at the grassroots level. Organisations such as Sewajyoti, which have developed a good network of their own must come together with the government and ensure that fruits of such schemes reach the people they are intended to benefit.

Our participation in government schemes, programmes, missions, workshops, conferences etc. has made our role as social servants more meaningful and result oriented. Sewajyoti takes pride in acting as a bridge between rural people and the government officials as this promotes interactivity and understanding between the benefactor and the benefited. This has helped us develop understanding of how government plans work and how ordinary citizens can play a role of catalyst in their implementation.

     

Among the most important government projects Sewajyoti is associated with are management of district level disabled rehabilitation centre and campaigns to tackle the spread of cancer in the area. 

We have been associated with literacy programmes, child labour schools, tourism related projects, establishment of self-help groups, projects pertaining to NABARD and CAPART, Asha Sahyogini project and many others. Here are some details of our participation in some important government schemes and programmes.

Participation in Central and State govt programmes Participation in Central and State govt programmes
  • Training to women from B.P.L. families under STEP scheme
  • Membership of District Health System.
  • Handicraft project for Lakh, Booti, Copper Doll and Rakhi
  • Membership of Women and Child Development Programme
  • Training programmes for women under CAPART scheme
  • Membership of management committee of District Disabled Rehabilitation Centre
  • Care centre for AIDS/HIV patients
  •  Membership of District Cancer Control Committee
  • Treatment Centre for HIV patients
  • Membership in College development committee 
  • Establishment of hundreds of self-help groups under NABARD scheme
  • Membership in organizing committee of Shekhawati Handicraft Festival
     
 
  • Creation of farmers clubs under NABARD scheme
 
  • Asha Project
 
  • RCH Project
 
  • Appointment of Administrator under Women and Child Development Scheme
 
  • Training to Asha Sahyoginis
 

SEWAJYOTI FACTFILE
  • Shri Radheshyam R Morarka Govt. Post Graduate College building was constructed in Jhunjhunu in a record time. It was dedicated to the people in 2006.

  • The college building was constructed by Sewajyoti at a cost of Rs. 2.45 crore.

  • Expansion of the college building took place in 2010 at a cost of Rs. 53 lacs.

  • Sh. Radheshyam Morarka Memorial Government Bus Terminal, Jhunjhunu was developed at a total cost of Rs. 1.05 crores.

  • The Bus terminal was inaugurated on April 21, 2011.

  •  Radheshyam Morarka Medical Institute (RMMI) was inaugurated in 2006. It is a modern 32 bed hospital equipped with state of the art technology.

  • As demand rose, capacity of RMMI had to be expanded, and four new cottage wards were added.

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