Sewa bharati and Satra Janardan Dev Goswami teamup to aid farmers

Kamalabari Satra’s welfare mission for Majuli
Source: Assam Tribune , NE

GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – The Uttar Kamalabari Satra in Majuli has undertaken a mission to ensure welfare of the people of the island. As part of the mission, the Satra, a centuries-old Vaishnavite monastery, has been holding monthly health check-up camps in the interior areas of the island, setting up schools in the socio-economically backward areas and has procured an ambulance to help the ailing people reach the hospitals in times of urgency.

Satradhikar of the Satra Janardan Dev Goswami told this newspaper that his institution has been extending the service of the ambulance to the islanders since 2007. Hundreds of islanders have been benefited with this service, he said.

The monthly health check-up camps organised by the Satra has also been benefiting the people of the interior areas significantly. The Satra has also been requisitioning the services of the experts of the Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh and Sankaradeva Nethralaya to check up the health condition of the islanders, besides the local doctors, said the Satradhikar.

The Satra also supplies medicines free of cost to the people found ailing by the doctors. Several organisations like the Sewa Bharati are extending support to the Satra in this matter, he said.

The Satra has placed a request with the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) and some of its well-off devotees to provide it with a ferryboat to carry the ailing patients to the hospitals of Jorhat, Dibrugarh and other places in hours of need, said the Satradhikar.

The Satra is planning to set up ten schools in the inaccessible areas like the Kartik Chapori, Bhakat Chapori and Ujani Majuli on its own. It has already set up a school at Jakaibowa in January last in association with the Bidya Bharati.

It has also teamed up with the Sewa Bharati to make the farmers of the interior areas of the island aware of the modern methods of cultivation. Already, mustard seed plantation was raised in an area of 350 bigha of land during this winter, said the Satradhikar.

Recently, the Satra organised an eye check-up camp with the help of the experts of the Sankaradeva Nethralaya on its own campus. Eyes of around 550 persons were screened in the camp and according to Dr Harsha Bhattacharjee of the Nethralaya, 65 persons were diagnosed as suffering from various vision-related ailments and about 90 per cent of the diseased persons were diagnosed as cataract-affected.

Rest of them were diagnosed as suffering from other diseases like glaucoma and retinal detachment etc. diseases. The commonality of these diseases was found to be presbyopia , said Dr Bhattacharjee.

Of them 16 were sent to the Guwahati hospital of the Nethralaya for cataract operation with the Satra bearing their conveyance expenses.

Dr Bhattacharjee lauded the efforts of the Satra as “very good”. “The venerable Satradhikar of the Satra has taken bold steps and those are expected to lead society of the state ahead,” he observed.

source: assam tribune


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