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Rising Bharat National News Feed: August 18th 2020

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  1. AJYCP protest against CAA and Environmental Impact Assessment in Golaghat(N)

Key points:

  1. GOLAGHAT: The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) Golaghat District Committee on Monday staged protest by forming human chain against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), 2020 at Bata point of Golaghat town.
  2. AJYCP activists shouted various slogans against the BJP government at the Centre and in the State. The president and secretary of Golaghat AJYCP, Abdul Hasim and Nikunja Medhi respectively, said that the AJYCP would never accept the controversial CAA as it threatened to destroy the identity of the indigenous people of Assam.

(News on Sentinel Assam, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • National Education Policy
  1. Have questions on New Education Policy? Education Minister will answer

Key points:

  1. The Education Minister, formerly known as the Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has through a tweet informed that he will take questions from students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders on the new National Education Policy 2020.
  2. The NEP replaces the 34-year-old policy and brings major changes in school to the college level of education as well as hiring of teachers. Among major changes proposed under NEP are changing 10+2 school system to 5+3+3+4 format, diluting the board exams and changing assessment system, teaching in mother tongue till at least class 5, common entrance exam for admission to colleges, multiple exit and entry points in college degrees, setting up of Academic Bank of Credit, replacing UGC, AICTE, NAAC with a single autonomous body among several others.

(News on Indian Express, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Committee to study NEP constituted

Key points:

  1. The Uttarakhand Government has decided to constitute a high level committee which would study and analyse the new National Education Policy (NEP).
  2. The committee would be headed by former Vice Chancellor (VC) of HNB Garhwal University, MSM Rawat and would include VCs of all the universities of State, director education, Vice President of higher education alleviation committee and a secretary level officer from the State administration.
  3. The committee would submit its recommendation within 40 days.

(Daily Pioneer, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Hry Gov calls upon VCs, academicians to implement NEP in effective manner

Key points:

  1. Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya on Tuesday appealed to the vice-chancellors and academicians to take initiative in implementing the new National Education Policy in an effective and speedy manner.
  2. He also said the change in the education system in the country and the state will help the younger generation become self-reliant.
  3. Arya was addressing the vice-chancellors and academicians at a digital conclave organized by the Haryana State Higher Education Council, an official statement said here.

(Outlook, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Karnataka will set up 50 universities to achieve NEP goals: Deputy CM CN Ashwath Narayan

Key points:

  1. A task force will be constituted for implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) in the state.
  2. It will submit a draft report in the next four to five days, while a road map on implementation would be submitted before August 29.
  3. He also announced that to achieve all goals set by NEP by 2030, the government would establish six research-centred universities, 10 teachingcentred varsities and 34 autonomous institutions in three years. Discussions would be held with the CM immediately after submission of the road map by the task force.
  4. Amendment to the laws, administrative reforms and consolidation of the resources required for the implementation would be done in an expeditious manner, the DyCM said.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • View: Ram Mandir
  1. Ram Mandir Ayodhya: भारतीय संस्कृति का वाहक बनेगा श्रीराम मंदिर: चंपत राय

Key points:

  1. अयोध्या श्रीराममंदिर में चार प्रवेश द्वार बनाए जाएंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा। इसके अतिरिक्त रामकथा कुंज, राम म्यूजियम सहित श्रीराम के जीवन पर शोध के लिए शोध संस्थान व गुरुकुल की भी स्थापना होगी।
  2. राममंदिर को विश्व का सबसे बड़ा तीर्थस्थल बनाने की योजना है।
  3. रामजन्मभूमि परिसर को कुछ इस तरह विकसित किया जाएगा कि प्रवेश करते ही श्रद्घालु व भक्तों को रामायणकालीन समय का अहसास होने लगे।
  4. रामकथा कुंज में भगवान राम के जीवन प्रसंगों को दर्शाती 125 मूर्तियां स्थापित की जाएगी, तो पूरी रामायण को दर्शाती नजर आएंगी।
  5. राममंदिर तक श्रद्घालु आसानी से पहुंच सके इसके लिए हाईवे से राममंदिर परिसर तक चार कॉरीडोर भी बनेंगे। यह कॉरिडोर फोरलेन की शक्ल में रामायणकालीन दृश्यों से सुसज्जित होंगे। परिसर की चारों दिशाओं में कुल चार प्रवेश द्वार होंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा।

(Jagran, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir Vyasvastha
  1. रामायणकालीन नजर आएगा राममंदिर परिसर, बनेंगे चार गोपुरम

Key points:

  1. श्रीराममंदिर में चार प्रवेश द्वार बनाए जाएंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा। इसके अतिरिक्त रामकथा कुंज, राम म्यूजियम सहित श्रीराम के जीवन पर शोध के लिए शोध संस्थान व गुरुकुल की भी स्थापना होगी।
  2. राममंदिर को विश्व का सबसे बड़ा तीर्थस्थल बनाने की योजना है।
  3. रामजन्मभूमि परिसर को कुछ इस तरह विकसित किया जाएगा कि प्रवेश करते ही श्रद्घालु व भक्तों को रामायणकालीन समय का अहसास होने लगे।
  4. रामकथा कुंज में भगवान राम के जीवन प्रसंगों को दर्शाती 125 मूर्तियां स्थापित की जाएगी, तो पूरी रामायण को दर्शाती नजर आएंगी।
  5. राममंदिर तक श्रद्घालु आसानी से पहुंच सके इसके लिए हाईवे से राममंदिर परिसर तक चार कॉरीडोर भी बनेंगे। यह कॉरिडोर फोरलेन की शक्ल में रामायणकालीन दृश्यों से सुसज्जित होंगे। परिसर की चारों दिशाओं में कुल चार प्रवेश द्वार होंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा।

(Amar Ujala, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • राम मंदिर के निर्माण को लेकर 20 अगस्त को दिल्ली में आखिरी बैठक, जल्द शुरू होगा काम

Key points:

  1. राम मंदिर निर्माण समिति के अध्यक्ष नृपेंद्र मिश्र के साथ सदस्यों की 20 अगस्त को दिल्ली में बैठक होने जा रही है।
  2. राम मंदिर तीर्थ क्षेत्र ट्रस्ट कार्यालय के प्रभारी प्रकाश गुप्ता के मुताबिक, इस बैठक में मंदिर के तकनीकी निर्माण पर गंभीर चर्चा हो सकती है।
  3. उसके बाद मंदिर का तकनीकी निर्माण शुरू हो जाएगा।
  4. प्रकाश गुप्ता ने बताया कि मंदिर के तकनीकी निर्माण को लेकर यह अंतिम बैठक है। इसके बाद एल ऐंड टी कंपनी निर्माण कार्य शुरू करेगी।
  5. ट्रस्ट के सदस्य अनिल मिश्र के मुताबिक, पीएम मोदी ने भूमिपूजन कार्यक्रम में अपने संबोधन में साफ तौर पर कहा कि यह मंदिर 1,000 साल तक मजबूती से खड़ा रहेगा।
  6. ऐसे में एल ऐंड टी कंपनी भी नींव की खुदाई के पहले इसकी मजबूती को लेकर पूरी तरह से जांच की तैयारी कर रही है।

(Navbharat Times, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Dan- Ram Mandir
  1. भोपाल के रामभक्त ने राममंदिर निर्माण को भेंट की पोकलैंड मशीन

Key points:

  1. राममंदिर निर्माण में सहयोग देने के लिए राम भक्तों ने अपने खजाने खोल दिए हैं। कोई नगद रुपये दे रहा है तो कोई चांदी और सोने का दान दे रहा है।
  2. कुछ इसी तर्ज पर मध्यप्रदेश के इंदौर के एक व्यवसायी ने राम मंदिर निर्माण के लिए पोकलैंड मशीन रामजन्मभूमि भेजी है। मशीन राम जन्मभूमि परिसर में पहुंच गई है।
  3. इसका उपयोग राम मंदिर निर्माण की प्रक्रिया में होगा।
  4. भोपाल से अयोध्या पहुंची पोकलैंड में भगवान राम का चित्र छपा है।
  5. पोकलैंड का इस्तेमाल गहरी जमीन खोदाई में होता है। दिल्ली में 20 अगस्त को आयोजित मंदिर निर्माण समिति की बैठक के बाद राममंदिर के निर्माण कार्य में और भी तेजी आ जाएगी।

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Andaman & Nicobar
  1. Lockdown outside containment zones in Andaman & Nicobar extended till August 25

Key points:

  1. Shops providing essential items and services will remain functional in South and North & Middle Andaman. In Nicobar district a written permission from the concerned Assistant Commissioner is required to open essential services shops.
  2. The government offices will remain closed except those related to essential services. However, Banks and ATM’s will continue. All places of worship will also remain closed.
  3. All non-resident passengers of South Andaman, coming from mainland will go to a seven day institutional quarantine till they tested negative.
  4. All persons heading to tribal areas will be tested for COVID-19. Passengers on inter island routes will also be tested before boarding.
  5. The transport services in Port Blair and Ferargunj in South Andaman have also been suspended till 25th August. The current lock-down was ending midnight today.

(News On Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Meghalaya
  1. Meghalaya: District Administration of East Khasi Hills begins random antigen testing in Police Bazaar, Iewduh market

Key points:

  1. In Meghalaya, as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, District Administration of East Khasi Hills district today began random antigen testing in Police Bazaar and Iewduh market.
  2. Deputy Commissioner M War Nongbri said that authorities are targeting to conduct over 500 test today and depending on the situation, they would take a call on how long the testing should continue.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Odisha
  1. Odisha conducts over 10 lakh COVID-19 tests so far

Key points:

  1. Amid Odisha has scaled a new high against covid-19 with it’s cumulative tests crossing the 10 lakh mark.
  2. The state has conducted a total of 10 lakh 9 thousand 454 sample tests till yesterday.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Punjab
  1. Punjab govt imposes additional restrictions within municipal limits of all cities from today, amid spike in coronavirus infections

Key points:

  1. An Official Spokesman informed that movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities shall remain prohibited between 9.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m. within municipal limits.
  2. However, essential activities including operation of multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on national and state highways and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes would be permitted.
  3. Similarly, all industries running into two to three shifts would also remain open.
  4. The Punjab Government has requested the people to avoid unnecessary travel on Saturdays and Sundays in the big towns of Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Chandigarh
  1. Chandigarh: Helpdesk answering 350 calls a day

Key points:

  1. It has been a hectic time for the team at the UT’s newly-set up Covid-19 helpdesk, as there are no less than 300-350 calls a day from people, mostly seeking medical consultation and advice related to home isolation norms.
  2. A team of around a dozen telephone operators, along with nearly half-a-dozen doctors, provides medical assistance between 10am and 5pm and after that the services can be availed through certain mobile phone numbers.
  3. This helpdesk operates from a building of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) and their employees have been engaged to run the service. Senior officers of the CHB have been given the task to monitor the functioning of this facility and to provide any technical or other assistance to the employees deployed for the work.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Rajasthan
  1. Covid-19: Random tests in Rajasthan jails to prevent outbreaks

Key points:

  1. Jails are one of the vulnerable places for Covid-19 outbreaks. On Sunday, the central jail in Jaipur had reported 18 cases, and more are being reported from jails in Sikar, Bharatpur and others jails across the state.
  2. Following this, the health department has intensified its safety and protective measures in jails to prevent the spread and decided to conduct regular random tests.
  3. All chief medical health officers have been directed to be on alert for outbreaks in jails.
  4. “Through strict monitoring of the health of inmates in jails, we have managed to detect new infections,” said Dr Sharma. In Sikar, Bharatpur and other districts, the health department officials managed to identify Covid cases through regular random sampling.
  5. In May, more than 250 inmates and jail staff of the central and district jails were found infected with the virus. The health department had then turned a ward of the jail into a Covid care centre.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Kerala
  1. Covid-19: Thiruvananthapuram’s test marathon in two weeks picks up double the cumulative cases of five months

Key points:

  1. The district health team has managed to pick in 15 days of this month, twice the cumulative number of cases being reported in past five months, indicating the extent of transmission.
  2. This was made possible by significantly shoring up testing rates as part of surveillance and cluster containment.
  3. As many as 42,237 samples were collected by 42 teams being deployed across the district and 4470 positive cases; mostly in clusters, were identified and isolated in first two weeks of August.
  4. While the district is still far away from achieving the golden test positivity rate of below 5%, higher number of tests has been crucial in cluster identification and containment; the officials said.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. Noida: How rapid tests helped identify patients early

Key points:

  1. The Noida health department’s decision to scale up testing seems to have yielded results in identifying Covid patients early. Of the 6,476 cases reported till August 16 in the district, 40% have been detected over the past one month. During the same period, Noida has conducted 43% of its total tests — an average of more than 2,000 tests daily.
  2. The Noida administration had earlier been accused of not doing enough tests. Testing picked up only in the last week of June and continued through July when the government set a target of 4,000 tests daily between July 2 and 12. As the increased testing helped Noida identify patients early and ensure timely treatment, the Covid response team requested the government for 1 lakh antigen kits.
  3. Among the four blocks in the district, Bisrakh has accounted for 55% of the cases. Asked why Bisrakh had reported the most number of Covid cases, district magistrate Suhas LY explained that the block covers a major portion of Noida city and has a higher population than the other areas. “Also, a major portion of the health infrastructure, including the district hospital, is situated in Bisrakh,” he added
  4. Not just cases, Bisrakh also had the most number of samples tested. Of the 58,327 tests conducted in the past one month, more than 35,000 were in Bisrakh alone.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

Padma Awards for Environment Conservation

2020 Padma Awards for Environment Conservation

Tulasi Gowda

72, has planted thousands of plants in the past 60 years and has contributed substantially to environmental conservation. Despite being illiterate, she possessed information about plants and herbs. She first joined the Forest Department as a volunteer, then the Karnataka government offered her a regular job. She is also called the ‘Encyclopedia of Forests’.

Himmat Ram Bhambhu

Sri Himmat Ram Bhambhu hails from Rajasthan. He is a farmer by profession. He planted saplings in desert areas and inspired people of several districts in Rajasthan to save forests. He feeds more than 1,000 birds and animals daily.

Sundaram Verma

Sundaram Verma is from Rajasthan’s Sikar district. He worked on a technique of agriculture which requires very little water. Despite being selected for a government job, he rejected it and chose agriculture. Verma preserved more than 700 species of 15 crops and 20 lakh litre rainwater in 1 hectare area.

Kushal Konwar Sarma

Guwahati’s Kushal Konwar Sarma is a veterinary doctor by profession. He has dedicated his entire life to the conservation of elephants. He is also known as ‘Haathi ka Saathi’ (Friend of Elephants). Each year, Sarma treats more than 700 elephants and in the past three decades, he has not taken a single day off.

 

2019 Padma Awards 

The 2019 Padma Awards have a number of recipients who have given yeomen contributions to the Environment . Mentioned below are some of the recipients of Padma Shri Award 2019 who have been awarded for their work related to environment protection, biodiversity conservation and green innovation.


Saalumarada Thimmakka

Centenarian Saalumarada Thimmakka, born in Hulikal village, Karnataka was presented with the Padma Shri award in the Social Work – Environment category. The 106-year-old Saalumarada never had children, and thus along with her husband, she decided to become a mother to the trees. She has planted more than 8,000 trees including over 400 banyan trees, all from her own expenditure.

Saalumarada in Kannada refers to rows of trees. To bestow respect towards her tremendous effort, Thimmakka was given the title of Saalumarada. She is largely recognized as Vrushka Mathe. She also has a foundation in her name, called Saalumarada Thimmakka International Foundation. It works towards conserving the environment and in addition supports schools, education, and health care for the poor.

Jamuna Tudu

Jamuna Tudu is a tribal environmentalist from East Singhbhum of Jharkhand. Jamuna is nicknamed Lady Tarzan for her courage and ferocity. She is fighting against the timber mafia to protect forests. Jamuna Tudu has played a great role in mobilizing women.

Armed with sticks, bows, and arrows, the women patrol the forests to protect the trees and animals from mafias. She has also formed the Van Suraksha Samiti to tackle the timber mafia.

Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli

The founder of Raithu Nestham, Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli is an agriculture journalist and social activist. He has been conferred the award for his contribution to organic farming in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

His organization in Guntur District has become a large training institute which organizes awareness and orientation classes to promote organic farming.

Hukumchand Patidar

Hukumchand Patidar, a resident of Manpura, a small village in the south-east of Rajasthan has trained local farmers in various organic farming techniques. He has made a mark by promoting organic farming and exporting organic farm produce to countries like Germany, Japan, and Switerzland. Kanwal Singh Chauhan introduced and popularised profitable baby corn farming in India.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) also named him as the recipient for NG Ranga Farmer Award for diversification in agriculture in 2010.

Bharat Bhushan Tyagi

Bharat Bhushan Tyagi comes from Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. He has been producing yields without the use of chemical fertilizers which subsequently reduces the cost. He actively promotes and practices organic agricultural techniques.

Kamala Pujhari

Kamala Pujhari is a woman tribal agricultural activist from Koraput, Odisha. She has been conferred the prize for her work in preserving hundreds of indigenous paddies, preserving endangered seeds and promoting organic farming.

Babulal Dahiya

Babulal Dahiya, a farmer of Satna, is working to conserve indigenous seeds and promoting conservation of biodiversity in Satpura hills.

Narendra Singh

Narendra Singh and Sultan Singh have been honoured under the Others category for their contribution to animal husbandry. Narendra Singh is recognized for his work to preserve local and native biodiversity, notably Haryana’s Murrah buffalo and Sahiwal cattle breeds.

Sultan Singh

Karnal’s Sultan Singh, the first person to receive the honour in fish farming, has used innovative technology such as re-circulatory aquaculture technology to set-up fish farms. He has further helped in conservation of endangered varieties of fish.

Ramesh Babaji Maharaj

Founder of Mataji Gaushala, Shri Ramesh Babaji Maharaj from Uttar Pradesh has been conferred the award for his contribution towards taking care of 45,000 cows and establishing India’s largest Bio-gas plant.

Dr. Bimal Patel

Another recipient of the Padma Shri is Dr. Bimal Patel under the category Others – Architecture. Dr. Bimal is an architect, urban planner and an academician from Gujarat. He has worked on the Sabarmati Riverfront Development and post-earthquake redevelopment of Bhuj.

Mahesh Sharma

Founder of Shivganga Ashram in MP’s Jhabua, Mahesh Sharma has been conferred the Padma Shri award for the social work in the tribal welfare category. Known as Gandhi of Jhabua, he has worked for setting up thousands of water harvesting structures, libraries, and solar panels.

Daitari Naik

Daitari Naik from Odisha received the award in the social work category, recognizing his hard work in carving out a 3 km long canal from a mountain. He single-handedly accomplished the task with just a how and crowbar to get water for drinking and irrigation purpose.

Anup Sah

Anup Sah is a nature photographer from the Himalayan state, Uttarakhand. Over the past 50 years, he has captured thousands of photos to showcase the Himalayan landscape and wildlife. He believes that the Himalayas are humble and they provide us with a lot of natural resources. He takes photographs of festivals of the Himalayan people, migratory birds, animal, etc.

 

 


When such noted works would further get the veneration of mention in a special category, it will not only boost the morale of the ones who receive them but more so, of the present and future generations to work for the conservation, protection, and improvement of the human environment, flora and fauna. Inclusion of Environment as a domain to one of the highest civilian awards of India would, hence, definitely be a path-breaking and trailblazing step in thedirection of environment preservation and protection.

The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian awards of India. The awards are usually announced on the eve of Republic Day every year. The Padma Awards are conferred in three categories. These are, the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

The Padma Awards are given in various disciplines such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. In recent years however, there has been an increase in individuals receiving the Padma Awards for the exemplary work they are doing for environmental protection. This is perhaps an indication of the ever-increasing environmental issues, rising pollution levels, increase in industrial impact on environment, climate change, etc.

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Initiatives for Rural Development & Enviroment Protection

Environment & Rural Development

Farmer Beats Drought through Micro-Irrigation:  Source New Indian Express

KARIMNAGAR: A small farmer of Eedula Gattipalli in Manakondur mandal is setting an ideal to others by cultivating irrigated dry (ID) crops through micro-irrigation.

The farmer, Madishetti Ravi, cultivated cabbage in his 47 guntas (5,640 yards) of land and he obtained an yield of 16 tonnes despite the drought conditions and power problems. Speaking to this paper, Ravi said that he used go get only 11 tonnes of cabbage before switching to drip irrigation. “But after I began using modern irrigation method as advised by the agriculture officials, my expenditure on power and fertilisers has come down,” he said. “I invested `25,000 in cultivating the crop and after meeting all expenses, there is a profit of `62,000,” he revealed. Knowing about the profits, other farmers in the village are thronging Ravi’s fields to know about the benefits of micro-irrigation. In the wake of the drought conditions, officials had decided to bring 4,000 hectares of land under drip irrigation in the district and 70 per cent of the target has been achieved so far,” said microirrigation project director Sangeeta Laxmi.

“Farmers are cultivating groundnuts, leafy vegetables, cotton, chilli, mango, banana and papaya through drip systems and cutting down expenditure on power and fertilisers.” “To encourage farmers adopt the modern farming techniques, the government is giving 100 per cent subsidy on drip, sprinkler irrigation equipment to SCs and STs, 90 per cent subsidy to small and medium farmers,” Sangeeta Laxmi added and urged farmers interested in adopting the modern irrigation methods to consult the micro-irrigation project office in the district headquarters

BOGI – . This is the name of a mid January Hindu festival observed in the northern districts of Tamilnadu & Andhra Pradesh, Bharat. It falls on the day prior to the Makara Sankranti (Pongal festival). On Bogi day, people heap old and useless household articles on the public throughfare and burn them. This acts as a preparation to welcome a cleaner dawn on Sankranti. This tradition went astray. Old tyres came to be burnt  replacing harmless organic waste. Pollution resulted. While motivated groups, using an ever-ready media, kept flooding Hindu society with their harangues on ecology, there was at least one concerned individual: Shri. K.Narayana Rao, a staunch Hindu activist, bent upon putting an end to harmful fumes on Bogi day as well as the indirect attempt to chuck out a healthy tradition. Accordingly, he organized Bogi at the school of which he is Secretary. On this year’s Bogi, the school, Sita Devi Garodia Hindu Vidyalaya, East Tambaram, on the outskirts of Chennai Metro, set a novel but noble convention. Each one of the children, parents and teachers picked a dry leaf of ARASU (pipal) tree and on that they scribbled an evil trait they wish to destroy. Coming in queue, each consigned the leaf to the fire in the Homa Kundam arranged for the occasion inside the school premises. Based on a report in the children’s supplement of Tamil daily DINAMANI, on 22nd February, 2003.

ONE CRORE TREES –

He planted one crore trees

He planted one crore trees

 Ramaiah’s daughter came back from school with headache one day. The school had no trees and so no shade for children to play. The hot sun had caused her headache. Then and there, Ramaiah resolved to plant one crore (yes,1 followed by 7 zeros) trees in his lifetime. In right earnest, he set out on his bicycle loaded with bags full of saplings. He went to each and every school in his Kammam district, Andhra Pradesh, Bharat. He related the value of each sapling to the school kids and exhorted them to take personal interest in planting, watering and guarding it. They responded in a big way. Soon the number of trees planted by Ramaiah’s unsparing efforts swelled into lakhs. The district authorities took note, and he was co-opted into the government body monitoring afforestation in the area.

India Today Article

Coverage in “The Hindu”

NOVEL WAY OF PONGAL CELEBRATIONS – Dharmapuri, (VSK) — Jan 2008

RSS Swayamsevaks of Kurinjipuram village in Dharmapuri district (Tamilnadu) celebrated the Makar Sankranti (Pongal) this year in a novel way. They gathered the youngsters of the village and explained to them the harm done to human beings and the cattle by plastic bags and other wastes. It was rightly understood by the villagers and they immediately swung into action. With the guidance and support of RSS Swayamsevaks numbering 21, the entire village was completly rid of plastic waste. The celebration of Sankranthi thus got tuned to a neighbourhood cause. A couple of villages nearby quickly followed the example and became plastic-free.

A GARDEN FROM SOILED WATER:

This took place in a village in Veraval region of Saurashtra. A unique experiment by a teacher of the school for growing trees. Since that it is a water scarce area, it was impossible to get water for trees. The teacher therefore asked the students to bring soiled water left out after washing of utensils at home. Each student would carry a bottle of soiled water from home daily. The students were then asked to water the plants with the soiled water. As days passed, the students and school officials had a lush green garden before themselves! Thus a teacher’ s small initiative created a green island in a dry and barren area, that too with waste water. In the process, he also taught the kids to make friends with Mother Nature.

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