Yash Gourkhede, a social activist and founder of Jan-badlaav movement from Nagpur spoke to Nation Next about the situation at city’s slum in Gautam Nagar, situated at Nildoh, Hingna tehsil.
Gourkhede said, “On January 17, on a court’s order, Tehsildar Hansa Mohane demolished the slum. There were kids and women in the houses, yet they (officially) brutally continued the process. There were around 5o houses in the slum. These slum-dwellers are poor labourers!”
The social activist informed that the slum existed before 1995 and the slum dwellers’ names are also mentioned in the voter list of year 2001.
“They are protected under law and are bound to be rehabilitated. So it was the administrator’s duty to get the people new homes, but nothing like that happened,” he added.
He further said, “After the demolition, Mohane and senior Police Inspector Narke brought trucks at their own cost. They promised homes to a few slum dwellers and filled the vehicles with their belongings without consent, just to later abandon them (slum dwellers) everything mid-way.”
Gourkhede accused the officials of allegedly treating a handicapped lady named Pushpa who belongs to the Scheduled Caste. “Pushpa and her eight-year-old son were dragged out and left on the road. The boy resisted and as a result, his nose got injured in the process and both were thrashed by the police. Speaking about another lady, her household items are missing too.”
“Before the demolition drive, the now homeless people were sitting inside a mandir for shelter when two bouncers and some people came and started fencing the place,” he said.
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Rotary club of Nagpur Vision organized a marathon for children on January 22, 2023 called as RCNV KIDATHON. The venue was WCL ground, Civil Lines where approximately 4000 children between the age group pf 7-15 years participated.
They were divided into three groups of three km, four km and five km according to the age. Children of age seven to 10 participated in three km, 11-13 in four km and 14 – 15 in five km marathon. The motto behind this marathon was to encourage and educate children about out door activities and importance of exercise.
Fund raised by this event was donated to Gram Heeth for the benefit of farmers. The event was flagged-off by the hands of the Chief Guests, NMC Commissioner Radhakrishnan B and Dr Amit Samarth at half past six in the morning.
Different routes were planned for the children under the strict security of RCNV volunteers and police. Once the children finished the marathon they were handed goodie bags, certificates and medals.
The sponsors for this mega event were Mauli group, Parekh brothers, Ajinkya tutorials, Oak & Chisel, Xenicon Healthcare, Gaysons, Dinshaws, Treat ice cream, Bharatvarsh farms, Diamond chips, Icad Adventures and you, Sunder biscuits, Kamal Chabrani. Medical partner for the event was Seven Star Hospital.
The mega event took place under the guidance and supervision of RCNV President Dr Shivani Sule, Treasurer Rtn Ritesh Amidwar, Chairperson and huge number of volunteers from the club.