Aravind Foundation strongly believes that the NGO`s should move beyond doing charity and that they act as a bridge between the Government and the people by ensuring the welfare measures reach the people properly and supplement such welfare activities as and when required. Voicing public needs and proper representations to Govt. on important issues are thus vital.
By way of follow up, the representation for a Canal Irrigation project, to recycle the waste water pumped out from the open cut Mines of NLC through the existing dry channels around Vriddhachalam, was handed over to the Hon`ble Minister of Coal at New Delhi at his Chambers. The salient features were explained to him and the Hon`ble Minister promised to direct the NLC. This would benefit 165 villages for irrigation of 25 000 hectares of land besides compensating the depleting water table on account of heavy pumping out of underground water from the mines of NLC.
By way of follow up, the representation was made to the District Collector to recycle the waste water from NLC mines, through existing channels to benefit lakhs of people. The Chairman & Managing Director, The Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd, Neyveli was also represented to solve the water problem of the drought ridden interior Villages around Neyveli of the District affected by the excessive pumping of water from their open cut mines for their operations.
Memorandum was sent to the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for restarting the Govt. Service Centre for Ceramics and the Tunnel Kiln once again, which were closed earlier amidst protest. The reasons being that the SSI units are put to global market conditions the market trend being good, 2000 families and 10 000 people will benefit out of it, the money spin of the town will get improved, additional employment opportunities for the rural youth will be created, more employment of women to the extent of 60-70% depending on the nature of ceramic industry and the fair Govt. will have the distinction of restarting a closed unit to the better revenue generation, instead of selling it as scrap. Copies of the memorandum were sent to the Secretary, small industries department, Industries Commissioner and Director of Industries and Commerce, The General Manager of the District Industries Centre, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.
Addressing severe environmental problems, a memorandum was sent to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, The Chairman of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and the District Environment Engineer on the Chimney smoke emission of TANCEM, Stoneware Pipes factory in Junction Road, Vriddhachalam. In their kilns firewood and coal are used as fuel with salt and sulpher and other chemicals for salt glazed effect in the finished products. The kiln chimneys were emitting smoke in heavily around the clock right through the year. The havoc is more in winter due to dewfall. This is causing severe lung problems, sinus, headache, fever, cough, and problems in eyesight, TB and Cancer, to the people residing around for a radius of 1or 2 kms. besides making the houses, cloths, utensils and water black, tainted with carbon dust. The plants and trees in the region bear black top on account of the smoke. The much affected are the children, with schools in the area. People suffered cough which brought out the tinge of carbon. The factory was at last made to fix pollution control equipments and devices. The problem was solved.
Involved in the relief operations for Tsunami victims in the Cuddalore and adjoining coastal areas. Represented every now and then to the District Collector Mr.Gagan Deep Singh Bedi IAS and the Special Secretary Mrs.C.K. Gariyali IAS, Tamil Nadu Govt. in charge of relief operations, to ensure the relief measures reach the affected people.
The problems of sugar cane growers were voiced. The statutory sugarcane price is fixed on the basis of Peak Recovery (December to March) by the Govt. of India under the BARGAVA COMMISSION FORMULA, applicable throughout India. In the annual meeting of the National Co operative Sugar Federation the Hon”ble Minister for Agriculture announced a recovery rate of 9% as against the existing rate of 8.5% as the base for price fixation; to be effective from the year2004-2005.There is no coverage or protection for the farmers for tiding over natural calamities. Thus the interests of the factories are protected and the small sugar cane growers/farmers are ignored or their interests sidelined. The Union Govt.was urged to withdraw the new policy and constitute a committee of experts and farmers representatives and hold due consultations with them before taking any new decision.
Representation was made to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for proper road facility to Srimushnam, a temple town. The road condition was worse and no development of that area was possible without good roads. The laying of the new road was sanctioned in OCT, 2004.
Representation was made to District Collector to recycle the waste water from NLC mines, through existing channels to benefit lakhs of people. The Chairman & Managing Director, The Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd, Neyveli was also represented to solve the water problem of the drought ridden interior Villages around Neyveli of the District affected by the excessive pumping of water from their open cut mines for their operations.
Memorandum was submitted to the Chairman of M/s. Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Neyveli, Tamilnadu State, India for channeling the water pumped out of the mines through the existing canals to the surrounding area to reach Manimukthar River touching lakes and ponds to enhance the water resources in the areas affected by the mining operations of the Corporation.
Represented to the Union Minister of State for Power Mrs.Jayawathi Mehta at a reception at Neyveli for providing employment opportunities for villagers around Neyveli Lignite Corporation and other thermal power units in the area.
Met the General Manager of Southern Railways and represented regarding the poor facilities at Vriddhachalam Junction, improvements required in the station, the need for additional train services and extension of some of the passenger trains. A Memorandum with 9 improvements was also sent to Railway Ministry and Railway Board.
Represented to the then Union Minister for Labour Dr.Shahibsingh Varma for Provident Fund and other benefits to contract workers of Neyveli Lignite Corporation. Till then nearly 50,000 contract workers were working with the private contract firms doing the work for the corporation without such benefits.
Agreement was reached with the Deputy Collector on Nov 7, 2001 at a peace meeting. Hunger fast was organized by the cottage and tiny sector ceramic units and their workers on Nov5, 2001, to plead with the Govt. not to shut down the ceramic service center.
Represented to the then Industries Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr. I. Periyasamy in the Govt.Industial Estate for Ceramics. Vriddhachalam, on behalf of the ceramic manufacturers and 10,000 workmen. Explained all the technical, managerial and financial implications of the industry and the ways and means by which the Govt. can extend better service in the Govt. Industrial Estate for Ceramics at Vriddhachalam, an exclusive industrial estate for ceramics , the only one of its kind in Asia, with a common facility Service Centre and a German designed modern Tunnel Kiln.
Renewed the earlier representation made to the then Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Mr.E.Ponnusamy, represented in person to Mr.Santosh Gang war the new Minister of State for petroleum ,at Delhi, for laying a gas pipe line to Vriddhachalam Industrial area from a nearby gas well.
Represented to the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Mr.Pon.Radha Krishnan at Delhi, for the construction of a stadium at Vriddhachalam and sought general improvements for the town and the district.
Represented to the then Minister of State for Railways Mr.O.Rajagopal, at Delhi, for introducing computer reservation system, improvements to the railway junction and for stoppage of long distance trains at Vriddhachalam Junction.
Made a representation to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to cancel the shutdown proposal of Govt. Service Centre for Ceramics and the German designed Tunnel Kiln in the Govt.Industrial Estate for Ceramics at Vriddhachalam for an undesired revamping. The tunnel kiln which was operating in Furnace Oil was proposed to be converted in to costlier LDO fired kiln. Service Centre and the Tunnel Kiln rendered service to nearly 250 small and tiny cottage industries in ceramics. Copies of the memorandum were marked to the State Industries Department. Personal representations were also made. Press statements protesting shutdown of Govt. Ceramic Centre and the unwise revamping were issued.
Represented to the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Mr.E.Ponnusamy for laying a gas pipe line to Vriddhachalam Industrial area from a nearby gas well. This will facilitate overall industrial growth in and around Vriddhachalm,help nearly 250 ceramic units in the area substitute their kiln fuel the Furnace Oil ,LDO, HSD, Kirosine and Wood. Felling of trees for industrial fuel will stop. As wood is used as kiln fuel to several thousand tons every month for various industries, tree will become a rare model in the area in due course.