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.