THE improved website of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) (www.bms.org.in) was launched on July 23 at Ernakulum. The launching was done at the Mekhala conference held in connection with the Foundation day programme. The website was formally inaugurated by Shri Shijin, an auto driver who is also joint secretary of the Auto Union. More than 400 people belonging to 12 unions attended the programme. Shri N Nagaresh briefed the audience about the contents of the website. The website has been designed with the cooperation of Newsbharati, Nagpur to cater the needs of Public Sector, Private Sector, and Unorganised Sector workers’ using the latest technology. The site will also act like a reference site for those who want to study labour affairs.The function was presided over by Shri Babuji, Mekhala president. Shri B Surendran, national deputy organising secretary of BMS inaugurated the conference. Shri PT Rao, senior most leaders of the BMS and former national finance secretary of BMS were also present on the occasion. The website contains multi-dimensional activities of the BMS, information about joint struggles by different trade unions at various levels and sectors. It also has news on agitations, success stories, focused areas of work, states’ and Central Government’s policies, decisions, notifications, orders and welfare schemes, court verdicts on labour matters, labour laws, labour news in India and abroad, sufferings of the unorganised sector workers, media room sections containing press clippings, press releases, organisational responses, etc. The BMS feels that the trade union movement should use the modern technology as one of its tool to spread its activities and efforts to different sections of people. (FOC)
NOTED writer Smt Mridula Sinha will be honoured with Asharani Vohra Puraskar. The Puraskar, presented by Rashtriya Patrakarita Kalyan Nyas, will be presented at a function to be held in Nagpur on August 4. RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat will be the chief guest at the function. Apart from Smt Sinha, Shri Dattatreya Gopal who is popularly known as Rajabhau Pophali and Shri Ganesh Bisht will be honoured with Bapurao Lele Puraskar and Dada Saheb Apte Puraskar respectively. Bapurao Lele Puraskar consists of Rs 51,000 while Dada Saheb Puraskar and Asharani Vohra Puraskars consist of Rs 21,000 each.(FOC)
SURENDRANAGAR (Gujarat) unit of the RSS organised a Sadbhavna meeting on social harmony on June 26. Speaking on the occasion senior Sangh Pracharak Shri Suresh Jain cautioned the people against love jehad and the elements which are dividing the nation. Referring to the speech of the late HV Seshadri, Shri Jain said the Sangh does not have any prejudice or any conflict with any section of society or the community. We believe in complete harmony. “Nation can be strengthened only by unity of various social and religious groups. The problems of the society can be resolved only through a strong Hindu leader who can also bring prosperity to the nation. Many senior saints and distinguished people of the society were also present on the occasion. (FOC)
AKHIL Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat submitted a memorandum to Union Railway Minister, Chairman of Railway Boards and General Managers requesting them to either withdraw the pan card as one of the prescribed proofs of identification for tatkal ticket reservation or amend the rules as the pan card used in the reservation is being widely misused by some people.As per the Commercial Circular of 28.01.2011, the Tatkal tickets are issued only on production of one of the eight prescribed proofs of identity. One among them is pan card. According to the memorandum the details of the proof are captured by the system and indicated on reserved tickets as well as on the reservation charts. This practice has become a boon for the benami transactions by some people. In an attempt to combat black money, the Government of India by Finance Act 2012 has made it mandatory for certain traders like jewellery dealers to collect tax (TCS) from customers on purchase of jewellery exceeding Rs five lakh. While complying with TCS rules for collection, payment and uploading of TCS information (E-filing of TDS returns), the jewellery dealers have to furnish PAN of customers. For certain customers, it is not convenient to provide PAN as they may have constraints in explaining the source. In such cases to accommodate high net worth customers, unscrupulous traders have an easy source of benami PAN particulars from reserved railway passengers chart. (FOC)
Guru Puja function in Chennai
"We should do something for the society. It can be in any form. Hindus should not be left idle. We should organise and make Hindu solidarity. These were the dreams of Swami Vivekananda and let us make his dreams come true,” said veteran Sangh Pracharak Shri Ranga Hari. He was speaking at a Guru Puja function held at Vani Mahal in Chennai on July 22.
Shri Ranga Hari, who is fondly known as Harihattanji, said the concept of worshipping dhwaj symbolises the ideal and we worship our ideal through the flag. RSS is the only organisation where members offer services voluntarily. This teaches dedication. This dedication is only a beginning. Dr Hedgewar coined two valuable principles. One is committed, dedicated, dependable manpower and the other is dependable money potential. Guru Dakshina is not a donation, it is an offering. There is no equivalent translation for this, he said.
Presiding over the function advocate Rajagopal said, “I am proud for two reasons namely – I am a Hindu and being born in Bharat. My association with the RSS dates back to 1980s when I used to regularly attend shakhas. I was away from shakhas as I wanted to attain certain heights in my profession and then I felt that I should do something to the organisation taking the help of my professional knowledge. I an proud that I appeared in Sri Ram Janmabhoomi case in Lucknow Bench,” he said.
With a motto, Vayam Vishwa Shanthai Chiram Yatna Sheelah, the 15-day Vishwa Samiti Varg-2012 began in Hubli on July 22. Organised by the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, the Varg occurs once in four years, and this is the 5th Varg.
Noted scholar and Director of Veda Vijnana Gurukulam, Bengaluru, Dr Ramchandra Bhat Kotemane inaugurated the Varg. Kshetra Pracharak Shri Mangesh Bhende was also present. During the inaugural ceremony, Shantakka Tai, Akhil Bharatiya Pramukh Karyavahika of the Samiti; Alakatai Inaamdar, Varg Sarvadhikari; Nirmala Tai Gokhale and Nayana Desai also shared the dais. A total of 52 delegates from seven countries are participating in this Varg. An exhibition exhibiting ancient Hindu tradition, India’s achievements in science and technology, sewa activities by the RSS, has also been arranged at the venue.
During the Varga there will be an interaction with teachers and lecturers on July 25 and on July 29 there will be another interaction with doctors and lawyers. There will be Matra Bhojan (with families) also on the same day. An interaction session with women entrepreneurs on August 1 will also be organised. The Raksha Bandhan Utsav will be observed on August 2. A pathsanchalan will be taken out from Mooru Savira Mutt to RNS Kalyan Mantap on August 5. The concluding ceremony will also be organised the same day.
The important adhikaris who are expected to visit the Varga include senior Pracharak Shri K Suryanarayana Rao, senior Pracharak Shri Ranga Hari, Shri Shaym Parande, Shri Sadanand Sapre, Shri Venkteshmurthy of Youth for Seva and Shri Ravi Iyer of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh. Apart from it, the leaders from Rashtra Sevika Samiti who will guide the participants include Pramukh Sanchalika Pramilatai Medhe, Pramukh Karyavahika Shantakka Tai, central office secretary Chitratai and Akhil Bharatiya Sah Karyavahikas Alka Inamdar, Rekha Raje, Asha Sharma and Sulabhatai Deshpande.
Vishwa Adhyayan Kendra is organising a lecture in the context of “A New World Economic Order” on August 24 in Mumbai. The lecture will be delivered by Swami Vigyanananda who is not only an IIT alumni but also the founding director of the World Hindu Economic Forum.