Tribune News Service
Bathinda, July 16. The NGO, Bharat Vikas Parishad, yesterday celebrated its founders’ day. The chief guest on the occasion was former health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla.
Speaking on the occasion, organizer Ashok Gupta said the BVP was founded in 1963 and is involved in different social activities. It has organized events such as Bharat Ko Jano competition, national song singing competition, medical camps and has provided stipends, uniforms and books to the schoolchildren. Widows are given ration worth Rs 300 daily. As many as 17 women were given the ration on the occasion.
Laxmi Kanta Chawla spoke on the need to bring modern India at par with the people living in rural pockets. She lauded the organisation saying it was the biggest institution involved in donating artificial limbs to the physically challenged. She also dwelt on the cultural dilemma confronting society and pointed out that people were moving away from their basic social mores and cultural roots, leading to confusion among the new generation.
The former Health Minister also spoke about corruption taking deep roots in society and said those who preach honesty must practice it first.
Chawla also pointed out that the role of women was important in checking social crimes like female foeticide. Prominent among others present on the occasion included PN Garg, Satpal Mahajan, SL Latika, KC Mittal, Madan Mohan Jindal and others.