(a) Uttarakhand: The new 3-storied Girls’ Hostel building (17,811 sq. feet) and the new 3-storied Post-Graduate block (12,590 sq. feet) at the A.P. Bahuguna Govt. PG College in Agastyamuni, Uttarakhand, constructed by the Headquarters through our Dehradun centre, was inaugurated on 16 March 2016. The newly built girls’ hostel named ‘Maa Sarada Girls’ Hostel’ and an adjoining dining-cum-kitchen block were inaugurated by Revered Swami Suhitananda Ji Maharaj, General Secretary, RKM and Swami Suvirananda, Assistant General Secretary, RKM respectively. The P.G. Block, named ‘Swami Vivekananda PG Block’, was inaugurated by Sri Ranjit Rawat, Advisor (Industry) to the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, who was representing the CM on the occasion, and Smt. Shaila Rani Rawat, MLA, Kedarnath. The Seminar Hall in the same block, named ‘Sri Ramakrishna Seminar Hall’, was inaugurated by Swami Nityashuddhananda Ji Maharaj, Secretary, RKM Sevashrama, Kankhal.
(b) Tamil Nadu: Chennai Math centre has undertaken the construction of new low-cost houses in Meyyur village (Panrutti Taluk) of Cuddalore district for 60 poor families whose dwellings were destroyed in the recent floods. The centre is also planning the construction of a Community Hall. Construction work in underway. Our Chennai Students’ Home centre has undertaken the construction work of 19 new residential units and another 13 additional toilet units for Irula tribals settled in Thathaimanji village in Thiruvallur district. Construction of 12 units have already been completed and work for the remaining is going on. Steps are also being taken to construct a Community Hall in the village and also to extend the rehabilitation work to other affected areas. Coimbatore Math centre distributed 6900 coconut leaves, 2149 casuarina poles, 41 kg coil rope, 44 kg fibre rope, 9.5 kg nail, 4 pipes, 8 cement sheets and 20 J bolts under ‘Build Your Own House’ scheme to 8 families in Vangivakkam village in Ponneri taluk of Thiruvallur district from 1 to 29 March.
CYCLONE RELIEF: FIJI: Since 25 February, Fiji centre has started providing free medical services to the people affected by the devastating cyclone Winston through its medical centres in Nadi and Suva. Till now nearly 513 patients have received medical attention. Moreover, the centre has so far distributed 4960 packets of agricultural seeds (10 varieties) among affected farmers in Ba and Tavua areas and 100 packets of food ration [each packet containing 2 kg rice, 1 kg dal (lentils) and 1 kg salt] and various assorted clothing among distressed households in Ba area of Fiji. Further reports are awaited.
EARTHQUAKE RELIEF: NEPAL: Continuing its relief work among the families affected by the devastating earthquake that had struck Nepal in April 2015, Kathmandu centre distributed 10,585 blankets, 5000 foam sheets, 3607 plastic sheets, 5000 bamboos and 5704 utensil sets (each set containing 2 pots, 5 plates, 5 mugs, 5 spoons and a ladle) among 12,705 families in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Nuwakot districts from 23 December to 30 March.
WINTER RELIEF: A total of 88,304 blankets and 32,877 winter garments were distributed by 100 of our centres, among poor people affected by winter, flood, fire etc. in different parts of the country.
DISTRESS RELIEF: A ‘Garments Distribution Programme’ has been started wherein new adult garments (shirts, trousers, sweaters, jackets, ladies wear, etc.) will be donated to us by ITC Ltd. for distribution among the poor and needy. In the present period ITC Ltd. has agreed to supply nearly 4.5 lakh garments (shirts, trousers, sweaters, jackets, t-shirts, sweatshirts, ladies garments, etc.) to 74 of our branch centres.