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 2011,2016 and 2018 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.