The Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust along with the Indian Army at Ludhiana, on Saturday the 10th of November contracted an MOU (i.e., Memorandum Of Understanding) under which children of martyrs would be offered an educational scholarship.
Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana, hosted this function to inaugurate the proceedings. Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV), Brigadier H S Kahlon as well as Bipin Gupta from Nehru Sidhant Kendra Trust (NSKT) signed the pact. General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff, and Rakesh Bharti Mittal, president of NSKT were witness to this initiative.
This particular MoU would extend financial help and support to more than 100 children of deceased soldiers of Indian Army each year. Although, preference would be given to the education of children of deceased soldiers who are in primary classes and especially girl child. The Trust (i.e., Nehru Sidhant Kender) will continue to provide financial support to these children up to Class XII.
The help provided by the trust would be available to children of soldiers of Indian Army who are categorized as ‘Physical Casualties’ (i.e., the ones who die in harness and are thus not covered by any other welfare schemes for education purposes whatsoever.)
This noble initiative under the MoU will help the Indian Army in widening its reach to support the education of the children of its deceased soldiers in a dignified manner.
The Sat Paul Mittal National Award (2018) was also given to various individuals and organizations by NSKT. The winners received a cash prize of Rs 12 lakh. The winners of these awards include Arunachalam Muruganantham; The Leprosy Mission Trust India (from New Delhi); as well as Thirumalai Charity Trust, Ranipet (from Tamil Nadu). While Arunachalam, famous by the name of ‘Padman,’ was acknowledged in the individual category, the award in the ‘Institutional’ category was shared by The Leprosy Mission Trust India and Thirumalai Charity Trust.
The Sat Paul Mittal Appreciation Awards for the year 2018, were conferred on Dr. Omesh Kumar Bharti from Shimla as well as Deepalaya, which is an NGO based in New Delhi, for two categories. The awards were distributed by none other than General Bipin Rawat and Rakesh Bharti Mittal.
Arunachalam Muruganantham (also known as Pad Man) was awarded the Sat Paul Mittal National Award under ‘Individual’ Category for having invented a low-cost sanitary pad making machine and even for spreading awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruations in rural India through innovative grassroots mechanisms.
TCT (Thirumalai Charity Trust ) was conferred the Sat Paul Mittal National Award under ‘Institutional’ Category for successfully being able to develop a relevant model of integrated primary and secondary healthcare by mobilizing women volunteers as well as the village communities.
The Leprosy Mission Trust India has conferred the Sat Paul Mittal National Award under ‘Institutional’ Category for being able to provide specialized leprosy treatment without any charge to people from marginalized communities.
Deepalaya was bestowed with the Sat Paul Mittal Award of Appreciation under ‘Institutional’ Category. Deepalaya has provided vocational training/skills to more than 13000 men as well as women (most of them were youth from the underprivileged backgrounds) and established 1425 Self Help Groups in rural and urban areas.
Dr. Omesh Kumar Bharti was granted the Sat Paul Mittal Award of Appreciation under ‘Individual’ Category for developing low-cost treatment of rabies which is about 1/10th of the current cost per patient, as per the WHO (i.e., World Health Organization).