JAMMU, Mar 10: A Non-Governmental Organization, (NGO) the Village Social Welfare & Development Committee, Kishanpur Dungara, Billawar celebrated its 44th Foundation Day by honouring persons and organizations working for the conservation, promotion of Indian culture and languages and national integration.
The function was presided over by S. P. Sharma, president of the NGO. Dr. Bharat Bhushan, Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Watershed Management Programme, J&K was the chief guest while D.C. Bhatti, CEO, Lakhanpur Sarthal Tourism Development Authority, BDC Chairman Billawar, Ashok Kumar Sapolia and BDC Chairperson, Mandli Rita Devi were guests of honour on the occasion.
The programme started with the planting of a Rudarksh sapling by the chief guest in the lawns of the Sanstha. At the outset, the president of the organization S.P. Sharma dwelt at length on the aims and objectives of the NGO which was conceived in February, 1978 as a Forum to highlight local issues and work for environmental conservation.
He stated that during long 44 years of journey, the organization conducted many sanitation drives, national integration campaigns, medical camps, eye operation camps and other welfare initiatives. He further apprised that presently the body is spearheading “Save Water – Save Life” campaign in 12 blocks of Kathua district.
To commemorate its 44th Foundation Day, the Non-Governmental Organization honoured individuals and organizations working for varied causes. The Chudamani Sanskrit Sansthan, Basholi was honoured for its tireless efforts in the promotion of Indian art and culture particularly promotion of Sanskrit. Hari Chand Jhalmeria, senior advocate J&K High Court, Jammu was honoured for raising issues concerning farmers’ and Billawar’s development. Laxman Singh of Manipur was honoured for promotion of national integration and solidarity.
Arjun Kumar, Pankaj Kumar of Budhi, Barnoti, secretary of Village Social Welfare and Development Committee were honoured for their active role in water conservation and watershed development initiatives. It is pertinent to mention here that Arjun Kumar is a teacher and has been doing good work during COVID pandemic, Uttrakhand disaster and contributes regularly to PM Care Fund.
A large number of locals, besides, Sarpanches and Panches were present on the occasion.