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DEVELOPMENT WORK AT NAWALGARH

There are few social service organizations that go beyond awareness campaigns, conferences, meetings and socio-cultural programmes and actively participate in the process of rural development. Sewajyoti is one such organization which plays a vital role in the physical development of the area within which it operates, i.e. Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Rural development being one of its fundamental objectives, Sewajyoti has set an example by running many developmental schemes even without any direct financial help from state or central governments. This doesn’t mean we don’t participate in developmental schemes run by central and state governments, but we also have an agenda that is independent of external contributions. 

The college building in Jhunjhunu is one such example on which the organization spent Rs. 2.45 crore on its own, and then went on to carry out the second phase of development by incurring a cost of Rs. 53 lakh. Radheshyam Morarka Medical Institute, Nawalgarh, too has been developed by the organization solely by its own funds. Similarly, some primary schools in Jhunjhunu district have received help from Sewajyoti for their development related projects. 
 
     
 
Another important addition to the list is the Roadways Bus Terminal in the Memory of Late Sh. Radheshyam R Morarka, in Nawalgarh, which was inaugurated on 21 April 2011 by Rajathan Minister of Transport and  Sanskrit Education Sh. Brij Kishor Sharma in the presence of Minister of State for Health, and Science & technology Dr. Rajkumar Sharma. The project, constructed under the ‘Development of Tourist Circuit under the Integrated Scheme’ of the central government, has cost about Rs. 1.05 crore to Sewajyoti. Objective behind the development of this complex is important for another reason. Nawalgarh is an important tourist destination and it was important to provide basic transport infrastructure to the tourists visiting the city and the area. The complex has also resulted in generation of new employment opportunities for local youth. 
 
Prior to this bus terminal’s development, passengers waiting for buses used to suffer under the broad sunlight. There were no necessary facilities available for the passengers and drivers. However, now Nawalgarh boasts of a well planned bus terminal with all important amenities and facilities such as a canteen, bathroom, resting place, book shops, communication booths etc. The terminal building is surrounded by green lush trees which gives the entire area an attractive look. Construction of bus terminal has also help manage the traffic in the city.
 
Sewajyoti has also contributed in local traffic police’s efforts to ease the pressure of traffic in the busy parts of the town and has provided signboards for the purpose. These signboards bear phone numbers of Sewajyoti and Radheshyam Morarka Medical Institute so that anyone needing medical attention can contact the organization easily.
 
Adopted village undergoes change
 
Sewajyoti has also adopted a village called Badwasi in the Jhunjhunu district. As associated organization had earlier adopted a village named Rajjupura in the Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh where it brought about significant change in the ground situation by running development projects on its own. Badwasi had been a backward village which lacked good roads, basic facilities, schools and educational awareness. However, after Sewajyoti has now undertaken projects to develop good roads; construction of school building, post office and hospital. It is also helping people secure bank loans and running agriculture development and self-employment training programmes.
 
The organization had built kitchen sheds in 10 schools in villages of Jhunjhunu district costing an amount of Rs. 2.5 lakh. It also runs a water hut (pyaoo) during summers where cold water is provided to thirsty villagers and passengers.

DEVELOPMENT WORK AT BIJNOR

Sewajyoti’s associate organization, Narbada Devi Morarka Charitable Trust has been running developmental activities in the Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh for more than 17 years now. The trust has adopted a village ‘Rajjupura’ where it has been conducting activities related with rural development. After the trust came into picture, the village life started to change as the organization gave a strong push to infrastructure development inside Rajjupura and in its vicinity. Today, with better roads, basic amenities, street lights, proper water drainage system, and renovated school buildings, Rajjupura is a not the same as it used to be a decade ago.

Narbada Devi Morarka Charitable Trust and its associated organizations, with the help of Dwarikesh Sugar Industries Limited, laid concrete roads inside the village surrounded by channels for drainage of water which earlier used to be collected everywhere in the village generating an unhealthy and filthy atmosphere. The organization made arrangements for street lighting throughout the village. It got the village wells cleaned with active cooperation of the villagers. Abandoned wells were revived and hand pumps were erected solving the problem of drinking water. Villagers were trained for better upkeep of their water resources.

     

The trust also renovated many buildings and restored those that were left unusable. These included the primary school and the dharmashala used by the dalit community. Public service projects undertaken by the villagers also received financial help and active support from the trust. 

In year 2006, when the administration of local junior girls high school decided to construct a boundary wall, the trust readily provided an amount of Rs. 90,000 needed for its construction. A gate was also constructed at the school.

Narbada Devi Morarka Charitable Trust also spent Rs. 35,000 on repair of channels and roads near the primary school. All the experience we gained in Rajjupura was proved priceless later when Sewajyoti adopted a village Badwasi in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. A sewing and cutting training centre has been established in the village where hundreds of women have received free training. Some of them have also started their own work. 

Development work has also been undertaken by Dwarikesh Sugar Industries Limited in and around Dwarikesh Nagar (Bundki, near Najibabad, Bijnor) where the organisation has developed a network of roads and has carried out large scale forestation work. The company is also running Farmers Service Centres in the area where thousands of farmers are getting information, training, seeds and equipment to increase production and improve the quality of their produce. Under a scheme of NABARD, 10 farmers clubs have been constituted providing them a platform to raise their issues. Dwarikesh' Sugarcane Research Centre is also helping them in using modern farming methodologies, getting high quality seeds and increasing their yield. 

MGNREGS ACTIVITIES

Central government has been running an ambitious scheme to provide employment guarantee to rural people which is making a strong impact on the economic and social scene in the villages it is implemented. The scheme, named Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is run in cooperation with the state governments and involving local bodies, particularly the panchayats. However, complaints of the scheme being misused  and misappropriation of funds by people having vested interests are not uncommon which has prompted the union government to appoint a few prestigious people to monitor the implementation and progress of MGNREGS. 

The central government has reposed faith in Sh. Gautam R Morarka for monitoring of the scheme in one of the districts of Rajasthan. A devout believer and supporter of the cause of rural development, Sh. Morarka attaches great importance to the monitoring work and has come up with his suggestions at different levels including the media. He is authorized to undertake tours of the area concerned, hold discussions with the concerned authorities and to keep a check on the quality of the development work carried out under the scheme.
 
    
 
It may be recalled that the MGNREG Act 2005 provides enhancement of livelihood security, giving at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household, whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. 
 
Panchayats at districts, intermediate and village levels are the principal authorities for planning and implementation of the scheme.
 
Flooded with complaints about corruption in NREGS works, the Centre had decided to appoint 100 prominent people from across the country to carry out independent evaluations and monitoring of the scheme. The idea is to openly discuss its performance and share details with gram panchayats and villagers so that the scheme can be implemented well and transparency brought in. 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Sewajyoti has also adopted a village called Badwasi in the Jhunjhunu district. As associated organization had earlier adopted a village named Rajjupura in the Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh where it brought about significant change in the ground situation by running development projects on its own. Badwasi had been a backward village which lacked good roads, basic facilities, schools and educational awareness.  

However, after Sewajyoti has now undertaken projects to develop good roads; construction of school building, post office and hospital. It is also helping people secure bank loans and running agriculture development and self-employment training programmes. 
 
The organization had built kitchen sheds in 10 schools in villages of Jhunjhunu district costing an amount of Rs. 2.5 lakh. It also runs a water hut (pyaoo) during summers where cold water is provided to thirsty villagers and passengers. Rajasthan, being a desert state, attached much importance to charity work involving water. Shekhawati region, too, is a desert area where water shortage is very common during summers. The water hut is put up at the office of Sewajyoti in Nawalgarh. 
 
    
 
Among the villages of Jhunjhunu district that have received Sewajyoti’s contribution in one way or the other are Mangsinghka, Ganeshpura, Johad Ki Dhani and Chopdaron Ki Dhani. The organization has also undertaken forestation programmes in Nawalgarh and has put forward a proposal to the district administration for extensive forestation in the area. 
 
Sewa Jyoti has donated Rs. 12 Lakh for construction of Sh. Seth Radheshytam Morarka memorial 'Sharda Peeth Library' to help preserve invaluable transcripts, scriptures and documents presently collected in Dwarka (Gujarat). Sewajyoti was approached to help in this noble cause and the organisation decided to do everything it can, to preserve our religious and cultural heritage.

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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