Monday, January 31, 2011

‘Trichirappalli District Welfare committee’

Trichirappalli District Welfare committee’ a trichy committee, reaches the neediest populations of Trichy district at times of crisis .
Speaking in  the Murtamil Kalai Papattu Maiyam Pongal valedictory function, the treasurer of District Welfare Committee, Dr.K.Govindarajan disclosed that ‘Trichirappalli District disclosed that District Welfare committee’ is a committee that reaches the neediest populations of Trichy district at times of crisis and further added that the staff attached with the Treasurer’s office are not Government employees and they are working on consolidated pay on contract basis. The Trichirappalli District Welfare committee is a local charity founded in 1962 with liberal contribution of philonthaphist of Trichy district Thappai Sundaram Reddiar, Dr.Mathuram, Advocate Krishnamurthy Rao, R.Jayadevan Chettiyar; Hiraniyamanagalam T.P.Reddiar.At the appeal of then District Collector Gulam Mohamed for conducting a cattle show. With the left over funds of Rupees 642 after the cattle show, an Association of Persons (AOP) in the name of Trichirappalli District Welfare Committee was started. The members requested Late K.A.P.Viswanathan to act as the custodian and Secretary/treasurer of this unregistered Charity of The Trichirappalli District Welfare committee. The committee requested then District Collector Thiru.Gulam Mohamed to serve as Hon. President for promoting the idea of this charity The Trichirappalli District Welfare committee. As it is a local committee formed, District Collector served the commitee at his personal capacity. District Collector Gulam Mohamed Basha used to chair  the meetings of this charity as hon. member.

However the entire operation was handled by the custodian K.A.P, Viswanathan as treasurer. Following the convention of District Collector Gulam Mohamed Basha, subsequent District collectors also served and continue to serve  as the Hon. President and the same status is being maintained for maintaining the affairs of the District Welfare committee, as K.AP.Viswanathan as custodian and treasurer of this committee. The committee members took it sportive to raise funds through cultural benefit shows of popular actors and actress of those days. Although the funds were collected for starting a medical college, as funds were not needed as Government started Medical College in Trichy out of its own funds, the committee Out of District Welfare committee fund a land in area of 3.25 acres was bought from Government on payment and a modern cinema hall was constructed and named as Kalaiarangam near Central bus stand. With the revenue from the lease of Kalaiarangam, charity activities had been undertaken for supporting health and medical expences for those are in most need, educational support for poor and needy, attending emergency relief needs of fire accidents, floods and cyclones etc.Dr.K.Govindarajan took over as the custodian and treasurer of District Welfare committee in 1988,and developed the resources with the support of the rest of members and public and constructed the commercial complex which generates around Rs.10,00,000 a year and a marriage hall for a capacity of 1200 persons has also been constructed and it generates around 1500000 a year. The movie theatre fetches and the extra space fetches around 50,00,000 a year and the annual revenue is around Rs.75,00,000 out of the rental charges. Then District Collector T.Soundiah took initiative of promoting Trichy academy for Competitive Examinations, Muthamil Kalai Panpattu Maiyam, Trisakthi for women, Sports and youth development wing Called SYSTEM.Tresurer K.Govindaraju took initiative of raising funds for Muthamil Kalai Panpattu Maiyam, Trisakthi for women, Sports and youth development wing Called SYSTEM.A space of for Trichy club has been allotted for a short duration without any rent and they only pay a nominal rent of Rs.500 for the corporation taxes. As the revenue is not coming from Government, District Welfare committee depends on its revenue only on rental charges and need to pay taxes, it is proposed to go for more buildings for common cause and also for raising funds for charity purposes for the District as every second year we face floods, fire etc.

In a court case regarding rental litigation, the high court of Chennai has pronounced that District Welfare committee is an independent and it is not the organ of State. The members of the committee and its off shoot organizations extend the heartfelt thanks to the District Collectors and some District level officials for their voluntary services although District Welfare committee is not Government organ. Thanks to the Present Collector, Thiru.Mahesan Kasirajan for his clear understanding of the legal status of District welfare committee.ENS

Sunday, January 30, 2011

‘Anger, anxiety, and sadness to be eliminated among children of women in prison’

‘‘Anger, anxiety, and sadness to be eliminated among children of women in prison’’-Dr.K.Govindaraju

Vellore-Jan 28:‘‘Anger, anxiety, and sadness to be eliminated among children of women in prison’’ said Dr.K.Govindaraju, Founder Director of SEVAI, Thichy. He was Chairing the second session of workshop on ‘Social work intervention in prisons: Role of NGOs and scope of collaboration with Prison Departments,' organised by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and the Academy of Prisons and Correctional Administration (APCA) on the APCA campus here on Friday with a specific theme of Working with Children of Prisoners inside prison and left outside. Dr.K.Govindaraju added that the children of prisoners are often faced with an uphill struggle in life because of circumstances beyond their control. The stigma and mental anguish a child faces when a parent is imprisoned. A growing number of kids are suffering the anguish and pain of separation from their mothers by jail and prison walls. These interventions come at a time when the number of affected children is growing rapidly but there's little quantitative knowledge about them, says K.Govindaraju."What we do know is that many of these children are at high risk for second-generation imprisonment," K.Govindaraju adds. "For parents who are in or have left prison, we need more community-based treatment programs, better treatment programs for those addicted to alcohol, and more efforts that focus on rehabilitation instead of punishment. We also need effective therapy programs for the children themselves."It is estimated that there is a constant number of significant alarming number of children of prison inmates. SEVAI with partnership with SWB/FdnF has designed a powerful program to serve children of prison inmates in Trichy central women prison, conduting crèche for 0-3, age group and 3-6 age groups. Children of prison inmates, for a variety of societal and economic reasons, are at extremely high risk of growing up with low literacy skills.

Dr.K.Govindaraju said that his experiences working for prison inmates and their family members and their children both inside/outside, he stressed the need for the core activities of social workers in prisons include, assessment- of risk and dangerousness to self and others, personal and social need, and re-offending risk in conjunction with other professionals; contributing a distinctive social work perspective to the strategic planning of the establishment including programme planning;. liaison with, and consultancy for, prison staff and managers, including the provision of specific training programmes where required; and with prisoners' families and other social supports, including through community based social workers, to reduce the risk of re-offending on release and to assist reintegration within the community. ‘Social workers must make use of an induction period to inform prisoners about social work services. Information can be conveyed in a variety of ways, including service description leaflets, video presentations and individual interviews. Social workers should also ensure that information about complaints procedures are available to prisoners’, said Dr.K.Govindaraju.

Earlier Additional Director General of Police (Prisons), Tamil Nadu, J.K. Tripathy said that community colleges had been started in all the central prisons in Tamil Nadu with the objective of providing rehabilitation to the prison inmates through various activities including the education of the inmates, especially their professional education towards better employability. The Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) also said that the NGO activities should be planned in such a way that they were conducive to the mental peace and stability of the inmates. Kuchanna Srinivasan, ADGP (Prisons), Karnataka said that the implementation of prison reforms, especially the schemes for rehabilitation of the inmates will not be successful unless the prison administrators understand the crux of the problems faced by the inmates.M.R. Ahmed, Director, APCA, said that the gap between the prison officials and the prison inmates could be bridged only by initiating dialogue through community participation. Prisons are an extension of society. Therefore, the problems within the prisons cannot be addressed in a meaningful way if the community is not involved with the prison administration. The APCA Director said that the National Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders was running a number of hostels where released offenders are accommodated till they are accepted by their families. Ms. Devayani Tumma, Sr. Social Worker, Prayas, Mr. Joseph Mathew, Corrections India, Kottayam, Pampadi, and Kerala.Sr.Leena from Andrapradesh also spoke. It is first of its kind workshop organized for NGOs and Prison authorities of South India.

‘TRACE Mock interview was not only a practice, but a great way to calm our nerves’-appreciated by Mock interview candidates.

Trichy, Jan, 29: ‘TRACE Mock interview was not only a practice, but a great way to calm our nerves’-said Practice interview candidates after the mock interview conducted by TRACE on Saturday,29th, for group II TNPCE interview. Trichy Academy for Competitive Examination, TRACE in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi institute of youth development organised a Mock / Practice interview for candidates preparing for the interview for Tamilnadu Public Service Commission GROUP II candidates. A total of 56 candidates who had cleared their examinations and were awaiting for service commission interview partook in this mock/practice interview. Earlier Panelists enlightened the participants that such mock or practice interview provides an opportunity to practice and receive feedback regarding their interview skills and Preparation was to help them practice and prepare for an upcoming job interview. Since the focus was on the interview, the participants were divided into two groups and interviewed by two panels. The panelists include Mr.Bala murugan – Passport officer, Trichy, Prof.Bala Krishnan- Former Vice Principal of St.Joseph college-Trichy, B.Srinivasan –Local fund auditor-Pudukottai, M.Saravana kumar – Probationer officer-Social empowerment-Trichy, D.Swarna Lakshmi – DRCS-Trichy, R.Kesavan – DRCS-Perambalur and P.Suresh kumar. The panelists were highly experienced in interviewing that they were highly versed in interviewing and know the expected questions the job panelists would be asking them.

TRACE conducted this practice interview in a professional setting. After the mock interview was over, TRACE team evaluated the result of mock interview to overcome the deficiencies. While evaluating the result of mock interview, the team treated it as real interview. The interviewers had a joint session with the interviewers to evaluate feedback. During this process, the interviewers pointed out the positive and the areas to be improved tips they found during the mock interview process and advised them on how to improve their performance highlighting the areas that they feel were relevant, including additional tips on how the candidate could improve their performance and increase their chances of landing the job. The participants took such suggestions positively and with open mind.

Expressing the satisfaction of the mock/practice interview conducted, the participant candidates appreciated TRACE for organizing such a practice interview as this interview process was useful for the preparation including answering common interview questions in a timely manner, giving a proper greeting, as well as departing properly from a job interview and also said ‘This Mock interview was not only a practice and a great way to calm our nerves, but it could also gives us guidance, clarifications which could help sail through their forthcoming interview’.Shantha Priya, the coordinator of TRACE and her assistant Kumar made elaborate arrangements for this practice interview and they thanked the panelists especially Mr. Suresh Kumar, for arranging the panel team. Dr.K.Govindaraju, the Executive Board Functionary of TRACE thanked the media persons for giving elaborate publicity regarding this interview which was an integral part of the coaching centre, TRACE. -Govin

Saturday, January 29, 2011

SEVAI runs a day care centre Muscular Dystrophy affected in Trichy

Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disease which has no cure. This generally affects young children. In this disease gradual deterioration of muscles occurs and slowly the patient is unable to do any movements. Muscular Dystrophy is an inherited disease. It is characterized by progressive weakness of the muscles which control movement. There are a variety of dystrophies and the inheritance pattern varies with each type. Most of the dystrophies affect young children. The major forms of MD include myotonic, Duchenne, Becker, limb-girdle, facioscapulohumeral, congenital, oculopharyngeal, distal and Emery-Dreifuss.Duchenne Dystrophy is the most common dystrophy that occurs in children and has a sex-linked recessive inheritance. This means it affects boys, and females are carriers of the disease. All the voluntary muscles of the body are involved in the dystrophic process, some more and some less. For example the muscles involved in chewing food are least affected while respiratory muscles are involved late in the disease. Limb girdle muscles are most involved. As life advances these children loose various functions. First, walking is affected, later they find difficulty in rising from sitting posture. Soon they take to the wheel chair. Though their brain functions normally, the muscles slowly keep deteriorating, and pretty soon independent existence becomes impossible. The life span of these children is cut short and they usually die around 16-20 years of age. In view of the above some like-minded doctors and social workers got together in 1973 and founded Muscular Dystrophy Society. A day care home for the persons affected with muscular dystrophy established by SEVAI, a voluntary organisation, at Allur, with the support of the Differently Abled Welfare Department were declared open by Transport Minister K.N.Nehru recently.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said nearly 3,000 differently abled persons were provided welfare assistance to the tune of Rs.5.85 crore in Tiruchi district in the last four and half years. Over 32,162 different abled persons were provided national identity cards and 6,366 such persons were given free bus passes in the last four and half years in Tiruchi district.Mr.Nehru who released a booklet containing the welfare schemes and also training for the physically challenged also handed over the keys of 100 houses built for differently abled at Amoor village in Musiri block in the district. District Collector Mahesan Kasirajan, Dr.Mohanasundaram, Joint Director of Medical Services, Augustin Peter Fathima, Additional Chief Educational Officer, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and other officials were present on the occasion. The aim of the society was to give cheer to the afflicted as there is no treatment available. The Society has concentrated on improving their life style, increase their ability to stand and walk for more number of years. The genetic defect of each type of dystrophy is now recognized and soon treatment related to this genetic knowledge may be introduced. In order to keep pace with the world, the Society is now trying hard to expand its activities and introduce genetic research in India. Funds are difficult to come by and the Society appeals to one and all to donate generously.

Many people don't know much about muscular dystrophy. Yet a quarter of a million kids and adults are living with the disease, so chances are you may know someone who has it. Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a genetic disorder that weakens the muscles that help the body move. People with MD have incorrect or missing information in their genes, which prevents them from making the proteins they need for healthy muscles. Because MD is genetic, people are born with the problem — it's not contagious and you can't catch it from someone who has it.MD weakens muscles over time, so children, teens, and adults who have the disease can gradually lose the ability to do the things most people take for granted, like walking or sitting up. Someone with MD might start having muscle problems as a baby or their symptoms might start later. Some people even develop MD as adults. Several major forms of muscular dystrophy can affect teens, each of which weakens different muscle groups in various ways: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the most common type of the disease, is caused by a problem with the gene that makes a protein called dystrophin. This protein helps muscle cells keep their shape and strength. Without it, muscles break down and a person gradually becomes weaker. DMD affects boys. Symptoms usually start between ages 2 and 6. By age 10 or 12, kids with DMD often need to use a wheelchair. The heart may also be affected, and people with DMD need to be followed closely by a lung and heart specialist. They can also develop scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and tightness in their joints. Over time, even the muscles that control breathing get weaker, and a person might need a ventilator to breathe. People with DMD usually do not survive beyond their late teens or early adulthood. Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), like DMD, affects boys. The disease is very similar to DMD, but its symptoms may start later and can be less severe. With BMD, symptoms like muscle breakdown and weakness sometimes don't begin until age 10 or even in adulthood. People with BMD can also have breathing, heart, bone, muscle, and joint problems. Many people with BMD can live long, active lives without using a wheelchair. How long a person with BMD can live varies depending on the severity of any breathing and heart problems. Emery-Dreifuss (pronounced: em-uh-ree dry-fuss) muscular dystrophy (EDMD) typically starts causing symptoms in late childhood to early teens and sometimes as late as age 25. EDMD is another form of muscular dystrophy that affects mostly boys. It involves muscles in the shoulders, upper arms, and shins, and it often causes joint problems (joints can become tighter in people with EDMD). The heart muscle may also be affected. Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) affects boys and girls equally, weakening muscles in the shoulders and upper arms and around the hips and thighs. LGMD can begin as early as childhood or as late as mid-adulthood and it often progresses slowly. Over time, a wheelchair might be necessary to get around. There are many different types of LGMD, each with its own specific features. Facioscapulohumeral (pronounced: fa-she-o-skap-you-lo-hyoo-meh-rul) muscular dystrophy (FSHD) can affect both guys and girls, and it usually begins during the teens or early adulthood. FSHD affects muscles in the face and shoulders and sometimes causes weakness in the lower legs. People with this type of MD might have trouble raising their arms, whistling, or tightly closing their eyes. How much a person with this form of muscular dystrophy is affected by the condition varies from person to person. It can be quite mild in some people. Myotonic (pronounced: my-uh-tah-nick) dystrophy (MMD) is a form of muscular dystrophy in which the muscles have difficulty relaxing. In teens, it can cause a number of problems, including muscle weakness and wasting (where the muscles shrink over time), cataracts, and heart problems. Congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) is the term for all types of MD that show signs in babies and young children, although the MD isn't always diagnosed right away. Like other forms of MD, CMD involves muscle weakness and poor muscle tone. Occurring in both girls and boys, it can have different symptoms. It varies in how severely it affects people and how quickly or slowly it worsens. In rare cases, CMD can cause learning or intellectual disabilities. The life expectancy (in other words, how long a person may live) for many of these forms of muscular dystrophy depends on the degree to which a person's muscles are weakened as well as how much the heart and lungs are affected. Nectar “T” is of a great importance Natural Nutrition that helps to delay the progress of the disease, succeed better stability & strength and avoid or delay serious complications that are related with Muscular Dystrophy (i.e. Heart failure, Respiratory failure, e.t.c).The NECTAR “T” Daily Nutrition Programme was created in 1993 by John Bazakis after his daughter was diagnosed with Friedreichs Ataxia (a disease similar to Muscular Dystrophy) The NECTAR “T” Daily Nutrition Programme is a very rare natural daily nutrition, based to a combination of fresh pure beehive products that are capable to boost the immune system and heal the muscle wounds in an absolute natural way The. NECTAR “T” Daily Nutrition Programme is the same program the Queen Bees follow daily that makes them invulnerable from diseases and capable to be almost immortal (due to this nutrition they live 40 times more than other bees!!).Nectar “T” aims: to Slow down the speed at which the disease progresses in order, to Avoid or delay , dangerous for the life of patients complications that are related with Muscular Dystrophy and appear in the depth of time ( i.e Muscle damage , Heart failure , respiratory problems , Diabetes , e.t.c ), to Reduce CPK levels, to Avoid other diseases that can worsen the gravely situation of the patients, to Extend the time of life, to Succeed a better quality of life, to Give Muscular Dystrophy patients the extra time they need to stand firm and happily welcome the cure to Muscular Dystrophy in a few years' time. As you probably already know, MD is a genetic illness. That means that various organs of the human body (i.e Muscles, Heart, Respiratory system, Vision. Hearing e.t.c) are attacked continuously due to genetic disorders. The Role of Nectar “T” is to boost the human system (the same way with Queen Bees) in order to protect the organs that are attacked. This continuously confront of the attacked organs from Nectar “T” has as a result , the delay of the progress of the disease and in some cases , succeeds , avoidance of dangerous and risky for the life of patients complications .Cases of Muscular Dystrophy treated with Nectar “T”, Treatment for Duchene Muscular dystrophy, Treatment for Becker muscular dystrophy, Treatment for Myotonic muscular dystrophy, Treatment for FSH Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, Treatment for Congenital muscular dystrophy, Treatment for Friedreich's Ataxia , Treatment for LGMD - Beta arcoglycanopaty. The Nectar “T” is a natural pure fresh substance without any adverse reactions .Nectar "T" facilitates all treatments for better results, Nectar "T" can be taken additionally with any other treatments since it facilitates them to attribute better results. Patients M.D Neurologists observations during the Nectar “T” nutrition, The opinion and observations of your Medical Neurologist during the Nectar “T” nutrition will be very helpful to us. Royal Cells Institute is in continuous communication with patients in order to observe their progress related with the Nectar T daily doses and help them. Speakers at a seminar on muscular dystrophy have presented to the State government a slew of proposals to improve treatment and care of persons with the debilitating condition. Muscular dystrophy is a hereditary disease which affects the muscles and nerves, resulting in the person remaining dependent on a wheelchair for life. The rehabilitation medicine experts called for establishment of clinics for muscular dystrophy in every medical college and district headquarter hospitals, in certain areas in the State there were more persons with muscular dystrophy but they remained undiagnosed and hence received no treatment. Experts’ requests government to conduct statewide statistical disease surveillance. “As a pilot study, a northern district and a southern district should be taken up,” “It is needed a separate ward for muscular dystrophy patients. There is need for a diagnostic centre that would include a genetic laboratory to conduct muscle testing and enzyme studies in the State. The laboratory could be established in either the Government General Hospital or the Institute of Child Health,” experts said. Testing for the genetic condition would enable doctors to identify the mutation in genes and classify the disease accordingly, said K.Govindaraju, Director, SEVAI. He said technical expertise could be sought to fabricate mobility aid to suit the needs of the patients. The speakers also recommended that medical and surgical treatment of the patients should be brought under the health insurance scheme of the State government. The government benefits to such persons should be increased on a par with what is given to persons with multiple disabilities, they added. -Govin

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Organic agriculture establishes an ecological balance with the nature.-‘Panchagavya’ K. Devendran speaks to Chitra

Trichy-January 25:K.Devendran promotes Panchagavya; an organic product having the potential to play the role of promoting growth and providing immunity in plant system. Panchagavya consists of nine products viz. cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd, jaggery, ghee, banana, Tender coconut and water. When suitably mixed and used, these have miraculous effects. A silent revolution is being organized by Mr.K.Devendran, President, and “Marutham (Organic Farming) Farmers Association in Sirugamani in Trichirappalli District Tamilnadu Organic agriculture establishes an ecological balance with the nature. K.Devendran, 48 years old farmer shares his views with Mrs.P.Chitra for ‘Newline/Etram’ on the importance of organic farming. K.Devendran hails from farmer's family in a village that is 35 kms away from Trichy and this area was the green belt of Tamil Nadu thanks to the Cauvery River. ‘I was doing trials on spacing and farm manure levels in paddy and millet, crops like Jowar, bajra, ragi, millets, pulses, etc. which I tried out there came out very successfully’ now I give my full time in organic agriculture.

K.Devendran said ‘food crops cultivation has come down by 50 per cent of the land’. Even in the Cauvery delta districts, which are considered to be the rice bowl of paddy cultivation, food crops have significantly come down, compared to a decade ago as farmers feel that farmers feel cultivating food crops is no longer remunerative and migration of people from villages to cities has created severe manual shortage leading to labour problems.’ Production cost is high, while selling cost is low. The soil has become barren due to indiscriminate use of chemicals and seasonal floods’ K.Devendran said. Also K.Devendaran spoke to Chitra that Organic farming is the only solution. He added ‘The intensive cultivation practices with the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and hybrid varieties have not only polluted the soil water and the environment but also affected the soil and human health. The productivity in many crops has shown declining trends. There is development of resistance among the pests against many pesticides. Heavy irrigation in command area combined with indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers has resulted in deposition of salts in soil leading to salinity-alkalinity problems eventually leading to unprofitable agriculture. In view of these issues and problems, he with the support of OFI, PVF, in SEVAI has made an intervention to provide low cost eco-friendly production technology for sustaining the livelihood security of the farming community. Various eco-friendly crop production techniques like crop rotation, green manuring, trash mulching, use of compost, animal and plant waste, vermicompost, bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides and botanical extracts are being used in integration to conserve the natural resources, It is equally important to minimize the cost of production as well as to protect human health and environment through intensive application of eco-friendly methods of organic farming. Similarly employment generation to rural youths need to be achieved through production and supply of various biological inputs like bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers. There is wide scope for promoting the export of agricultural commodities through group certification of organic farms. These objectives were thought out by K.Devendran while implementing organic farming in the villages.Compared to chemical farming, organic farming is economical as there is minimal input cost. The cultivated crop is healthy and free from toxic residues, which affect human health and it is true that one turns to organic farming the yield will be average for the first 3-4 years. That is due to over these years chemicals have been dumped in the soil making it barren, that is reason why to make productive, it requires time. In addition to the food grains production, organic agriculture establishes an ecological balance with the nature. It takes a proactive approach towards the environment as opposed to treating problems after they emerge. We need to create awareness among farmers on the organic benefits. If this is done, then there should be no problem in producing enough food for everybody. As people’s movement, on campaign mode the idea of promoting organic farming community and also the consumers will of great use. ‘Compared to chemical pesticides and fertilisers, which cause serious health ailments such as cancer and reproductive disorders in humans, there is no known case of any infection or health disorder till date affecting people consuming organically grown food, said Devendran. He also advocates Panchagavya and said that ‘there will be yield depression under normal circumstances, when the land is converted to organic farming from inorganic systems of culture.

The key feature of Panchagavya is its efficacy to restore the yield level of all crops when the land is converted from inorganic cultural system to organic culture from the very first year. The harvest is advanced by 15 days in all the crops. It not only enhances the shelf life of vegetables, fruits and grains, but also improves the taste. By reducing or replacing costly chemical inputs, Panchagavya ensures higher profit and liberates the organic farmers from loan. K,.Devendran promotes three Vermicompost production units in Amoor and farmwomen in the surrounding villages he is involved in Use of organic mulching in sugarcane and horticultural crops has become a routine practicem,Adoption of bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers, Increased awareness about the ill effects of chemicals on health and environment resulting in change in the attitude to adopt the organic methodologies of agriculture ,Increased interest among the farmers for certification of organic farming, it is heartening to note in these villages. K.Devendran is known as ‘Panchagavya’ K.Devendran …the article will continue. -P.Chita

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

SEVAI Woman Self Help Groups bag Indian Republic day Cash awards

District collector Mahesan Kasirajan hands over award to Chitra and Nithya of SEVAI.
SEVAI Woman Self Help Groups bag Indian Republic day Cash awards for their outstanding life skills 10 out 12 announced by the authorities in Trichy District on the occasion of the Republic day celebrations organized by District Administration in Anna Stadium, Trichy. The awards for women self help group members are given for their outstanding performance in life skills performance and the awardees are Andanallur Chitra,Pettavaithalai Malarvizhi,Kambarasampettai Palaiammal, Irungagalur Vijalakshimi,Valavanthankottai Anadhi,Keelakalkandarkottai gunavathi,Pahanoor Mary Elizabeth,Kariyamanickam Nithiya,Revathy of Allur, Pudukudi Chenbagavalli.SEVAI Director,K.Govindaraju,Project officer,Chitra,Women SHG District coordinator Vanitha and authorities of Women Development corporation congratulated the award winners.
‘A good constitution is the greatest blessing which a socie¬ty can enjoy." said K.Govindaraju, in his speech on the occasion of Republic day celebrations in Trichy.In Republic day flag hoisting function, subsequently organized by Trichy Muthamil Kalai Panpattu Maiyam in open air auditorium in its Kalaiarangam premises, all the SEVAI Awardees, WERE congratulated for bagging the cash awards of Government for life skills competitions by the secretary K.Govindaraju of Muthamil Kalai Panpattu Maiyam in Trichy District. Speaking after hoisting the national flag on 26, January, Trichy Muthamil Secretary, K.Govindaraju said that republic day has true sense of the national integrity and fairness in Governance. He further said that ‘Let’s remember the golden heritage of our country and feel proud to be a part of India. There are many significant tasks that are to be attended to, the pledge to empower the poor and the marginalized sections, where Indian dignity and individual freedoms are guaranteed by an enlightened Constitution to maintaining harmony, peace and brotherhood to grow and to create a just society with aim of poverty eradication and of inclusive growth of the poorest of poor with greater transparency and accountability.
K.Govindaraju added that ''No nation is perfect, it must be made perfect'', young people must work hard to make it India a perfect nation. We the next leaders of this country may try to make it as perfect as possible. Republic day is happily celebrated because of some great leaders who sacrificed their life for India. Education, health and skill building efforts are to create productive human resources, urban and rural development schemes will make Indian cities and villages sustainable. ‘A Republic Day is a day for drawing the balance sheet of our country about the successes that we have achieved and the failures that we have suffered during the past decades of the functioning of the Republic. Programmes for women, the youth, the girl child, the differently-abled and marginalized sections of society will have to equip them to avail of opportunities and face the future with confidence. We need to address the problems of orphans and street children, as well as of the old and destitute. Only a genuine partnership between the Government and its people can bring about positive change to create a just society’. K.Govindaraju further said ‘there are good, competent, brilliant persons serving in the State. Persons who are dependable, persons who are capable of competent performance and play their role very correctly, persons who can deliver goods and take our country to great heights are in good number. Our education should prepare such citizens in India’.
‘Modem civilization offers a great variety of diversions, amusements, and enticements - some of them baneful. But modem civilization does not offer many inducements to the performance of duties, except perhaps monetary payment, and certainly it does not teach people that the real reward for responsible citizenship is the preservation of a free society. Nearly all of us are quick to claim benefits, but not everybody is eager to fulfill obligations. We have become obsessed with rights, forgetful of responsibilities. In an age of seeming affluence, a great many people find it easy to forget that all good things must be paid for by somebody or other - paid for through hard work, through painful abstinence, sometimes through bitter sacrifice.
Below we set down some of the causes for the decline of a sense of responsibility among our citizens’ said Govindaraju. In this function several others spoke and one Mr.K.Devendran, an organic farmer on this occasion said’ We are moving away from nature and are losing many of our indigenous tradition and culture and to save ourselves from this crisis, organic farming needs to be supported and promoted’. He further said ‘Due to change in lifestyle people can be seen spending a good portion of their earnings on medicines to maintain good health. It’s necessary to create awareness among the people on the need for the production and consumption of chemical-free foods’.
Chitra project officer, SEVAI opined that for the existence of mankind, the practice of organic farming needs to be sustained. She further said that the farmers are stakeholders in every aspect related to agriculture, whether it is cultivation related activities, they must be involved in all various activities, with a sensitivity that safeguards their rights on their land and its produce, our researchers are to look at high-end technology as also at cost-effective, location-specific and affordable innovations for wider use. Development and progress require an environment of stability and security. Many developments in the last few years have brought to our attention the importance of united action to achieve our goals besides emphasizing the need to continue to adhere to the basic values of our country. Chitra further said that SHGs are playing important role in disseminating the need for organic farming with good yields of food grains. ‘Self-help groups play a vital role in maintaining the surroundings and should become guardians of the environment.
"Self-help groups like residents associations form a vital link at the micro- level. It is high time we changed the concept that the Government and civic bodies will do everything for the people. We should become guardians of the environment and there has to be awareness about protecting our natural resources’ said Women coordinator Vanitha. Earlier SICE Community college principal Xyian Stephen welcomed the gathering and the trainer Nithya proposed vote of thanks.-Govin

Monday, January 24, 2011

GVN Hospitals’ Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr.V.J.Senthil Bags

GVN Hospitals’ Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr.V.J.Senthil Bags
French Gavoty Award-2010.

Trichy-January 17: Young Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr.V.J.Senthil, of 62 year old Trichy GVN Hospitals bags French Gavoty Award-2010, instituted by French based international Organization, Objectif France-Inde. Its sources inform that this prestigious French award has been conferred on Dr.Senthil for his services for his 100% corrective surgery for 248 children including Polio, one leg or arm; both legs with normal trunk and arms, limb deformity- bone infection, club foot, bent/twisted leg. These persons with locomotor disabilities, when made upright and walking with support following appropriate corrective surgery, are accepted by the community, educated by parents, and become employable when they reach maturity. Coordinator of SEVAI Inclusive Education for disabled Mr.Radhakrishnan Deivakumar said that under SSA, Trichy said that 6 physiotherapists and 50 special educators proposed Dr.J.Senthil for French Gavoty Award-2010 to France for his outstanding services for the corrective surgery measures for 248 disabled children with 100% success.

Mr.Radhakrishnan Deivakumar also said that their proposal was considered after careful scrutiny for the members of Award Jury, the various documents and home visits of the persons corrected for loco motor disability were undertaken and, the award jury made announcement on 17th January that French Gavoty award-2010 has been conferred on Dr.V.J.Senthil, the son of veteran surgeon, Dr.V.Jayapal and the grandson of the greatest DR.G.Viswanatham. Mr.Radhakrishnan Deivakumar also confirms that Mrs. Elizabeth Walton, the President of Objectif France-Inde will be handing over the French Gavoty award-2010 to Dr.Sentil during the second week of February 2011 in Trichy in the esteemed presence of international Medical team. Dr.K.Govindaraju, Treasurer of District Welfare Committee congratulated Dr.V.J.Senthil and his father Dr.V.Jayapal for Dr.Sentil’s bagging such a prestigious organization Objectif France-Inde’s French Gavoty Award-2010.
Treasurer of District Welfare Committee cherished that GVNs are always pioneer in reaching the unreached patients keeping the objective of the hospital was to serve and to help the Poor, the history of the city of Tiruchirappalli keeps on record the name of the founder Dr. G.Viswanathan of Srirangam as one of the pioneers who brought modern medicine to the door steps of poor and interior village persons, the Patients did not consider him merely as doctor who attend to their sickness, he was also a trusted mender and councilor. Dr.K.Govindaraju also mentioned that following the footsteps of his grandfather, Dr.G.Viswanatham and his father, Dr.V.Jayapal, as far as for as the poor is concerned Dr.V.J.Senthil, not only gives free treatment but also rendered medicine subsides help when it is needed. The torch lighted by the founder is still carried on by the hospital currently headed by his grandson, Dr.Senthil with the guidance of his father Dr.V.Jayapal, currently known as periyavar.It is significant to note that one hand Immunization Program to eradicate Polio is in full swing and on the other hand rehabilitation of 70 lacs children who have lost their mobility due to Polio is in progress. These children walk quadruped or become a burden on family and society else. Most of this Polio affected crippled children can be rehabilitated by conducting simple corrective surgery on them. In 18 "Free Camps" more than 400 children are examined and for 248 people’s Appropriate Corrective Surgery for Locomotors Disabilities have been conducted by DR.V.J.Senthil.-Etram News Service

Friday, January 21, 2011

Teamwork is an important principle in management-Prof.A.Arivoli

Within the context of the relationship between Rama and Sita in the story 'The Ramayana of Kamban, duty is worth the sacrificing of love, because his duty is fulfilled to maintain order within the society and above all, order is needed for a society to run, teamwork is an important principle in management, and Rama applied the same in search of Sita and was successful in the mission. Another one is in an organization one must be treated affectionately which Rama did when he met Guhan and Vibhishana. Management principles such as encouraging lower category of employees, rewards for good work, self-motivation, decision-making, recognition, market survey, market exploitation, time management and the art of communication are aligned with instances in the epic of Ramayana of Kamban, Prof.Arivoli added. While appreciating Guha, Tamil scholar Prof. Arivloli valued Guha as innocent and lovable king of Srngaverapura, what is presently known as Singraur, in the banks of Ganges. He was introducing Guha in a debate in Trichy organized by District Muthamil Kalai Panpattu Maiyam and Kamban Kalagam on 26th December 2010.

Prof Arivoli added that by profession Guha and his subjects were boatmen and hunters. From a description of the boats, we understand that these were not ordinary ferryboats. Kamban in fact details how the chariots in which Bharata came later, were dismantled piece by piece and were assembled again in the other bank of Ganges, ferried by the large boats of Guha, rowed by hundreds of oarsmen. Kamban introduces him as a friend of Rama. “The king of that territory, Guha by name, was a friend of Sri Rama, dear to him as his own life. He was a Nisada by birth, possessed of bodily as well as military strength ,owning as he did a large army consisting of all the four limbs, viz., elephants, chariots, horsemen and foot soldiers and well-known as a ruler of Nisadas.” Guha was no ordinary mortal. He was the Chieftain of the tribe of the Nishadas. A man of great prestige and power. By no means an ordinary hunter. When Guha heard that Sri Rama was in his Kingdom, he leapt with joy and rushed towards Sri Rama to greet him. He, flanked by his friends and relatives, went to the hermitage of the sages where Rama was staying. Kamban paints a picture of pure devotion, love and rustic innocence when he narrates the first meeting between Guha and Rama. As soon as they reached the hermitage, his followers stood in a corner outside it.’ Guha unfastened the arrow-case and bow he was carrying and kept them down reverently, outside the ashram.’ Guha was so careful about these things.

But when Sri Rama and Lakshmana rose to greet him, he became calm and peaceful and hesitated even to speak to his guests.Sri. Rama, perceiving Guha's hesitation, hugged him to his bosom and holding him at arm’s length introduced him to Lakshmana. “Do you remember him, Lakshmana? He is my dearest friend Guha, the King of Sarayu". Never did Sri.Rama mention that Guha was a hunter, much below their status, even to get acquainted. He got a place in the great epic ramayana because of his meeting with Sri Rama and his unlimited affection on Sri Rama. But the epic of Valmiki is silent about details such as how and when they became friends. It just mentions they were close friends. Kamban makes a small detour here as well. He gives a detailed description of his appearance first, which is not to be found in Valmiki. Guha had a drum with him, being a hunter, and a hunter’s dog too. And we gain a glimpse on the dressing habits of those days with a verse of Kamban. . He had quite a strong physique and a real simple and honest mind. He heard about the arrival of Rama to his place and was too eager to see him. Rama had at that time crossed the limits of Ayodhya and reached the forest, somehow managing to divert the attention of the people who followed him when they were fast asleep in the night. He was received by the sages in the forest and had his food with them – fruits, leaves and vegetables. Guha had immense admiration for Rama and wanted to see him.

Duty has the regular definition of a moral or legal obligation, a responsibility, or a task or action that someone is required to perform. However, in the context of the story of Ramayana, duty, or dharma, has a more specific interpretation. Dharma is a set of laws or principles carried out with the purpose of creating social and religious order in the society. In this story of Ramayana, many times this duty conflicts with other values or personal desires, forcing characters to compare the choices of following the dharma or fulfilling another human value. The Chairman of Muthamil Kalai Panpattu Maiyam and Kamban Kalagam, noted Tamil Scholar, Prof.S.Sathiyaseelan welcomed gathering and Tamil orator R.Maadhu proposed vote of Thanks in Kalaiarangam premises. –Etram news service & News Line.

3-D ‘Chutti Sathan' – suits to differently abled children.

Over 2000 differently abled children in special schools and normal schools under inclusive Education project in Trichy, enjoyed the 3-dimensional movie ‘Chutti Sathan' at Sona cinema hall free of cost, thanks to the efforts District Welfare Committee, District Differently Abled Welfare Officer and Chief Education officer, SSA, Trichy for organizing such an opportunity to view Chutti Sathan-3D’, the third refreshed version of the first 3-D film made in India ‘My Dear Kuttichathan.Dr.K.Govindaaju,chief Functionary of District welfare committee said that with enhanced Digital Restoration this third version is the first digital release of the film, while the second version had Urmila Matondkar as added attraction the third version has Prakash Raj and Santhanam to add some contemporary value. Mrs.Symala, District Differently abled welfare officer, Trichy said that the story of a friendly genie and its adventures with kids was a treat to differently abled kids and teachers for Pongal holiday season. Director Ramanarayanan re-released the flick in all new digital 3D. Madan Karky has written a new song for the music was by Ilaiyaraaja.

The movie featured Prakash Raj and Santhanam in prominent roles along with Baby Sonia, Master Suresh, Master Aravind (Sutti Sathan), Master Mukesh and Urmila. Chutti Sathan includes 40 different magic sequences in its 100-minutes run.’ Technology seems to have taken over the reigns in Tamil cinema. It is a welcome sign. At a time when piracy is hitting the industry, attempts like this will draw crowds, especially kids, to theatres', say Dr.K.Govindaraju. The Lessee of the Sona theatre Mr. L.A.Francis at the request of Dr.K.Govindaraju, Mr. Francis has come forward to screen two shows each for four consecutive days for these students. The differently abled children enjoyed this film ‘Chutti Sathan' as it grabbed the attention of the children because of its 3-dimensional effect. It was a wonderful experience not only for the children but also for the teachers who accompanied them.Govindaraju said that ‘Chutti Sathan' has imaginary values, and this filming has been done very well to suit to children especially differently abled. Trichirapalli District Welfare officer for differently abled has been uniformly undertaking innovative initiatives for the welfare of the differently abled children and adults.

Children DVD Films Festival:Speaking on this occasion, the chief functionary of District welfare committee, Dr.K.Govindaraju said “Summer Holidays are always a special time for all the children and disabled children. We are happy to announce this Children DVD Films Festival will be conducted in April –May 2011 to provide healthy and wholesome entertainment to children. He welcomes the short films on children to be screened on this occasion filmed by differently abled persons and awards will be given for the outstanding films those attract the children and differently abled. A Jury will be appointed and the jury wills shortlist 10 best short films on children and will be screened at Kalaiarangam conference hall and final three awards will be given. Film makers and children’s film campaigners advised the implementation of the guide lines against exploitation of children especially disabled in movies; he further said there should be ban on use of infants and under age children in the films. -News Line