Ramakrishna Mission Pallimangal, is an integrated rural development wing of Ramakrishna Mission, Kamarpukur which is a branch centre of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, Howrah. It is a venture towards integrated rural development. It is learnt that once Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna told to ‘Naren’ (Swami Vivekananda) that, “you can see Him (God) when you close your eyes, can’t you see Him when you open your eyes?” And He preached him to serve the poor, the downtrodden as God. Swami Vivekananda, while traveling extensively from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, observed that mass population were living in painful and miserable conditions socially and economically. He himself felt the tremendous pain of the poor, the downtrodden and the destitute. His heart was out bursting until he could do something for them. He inspired the world with his historic message to serve God in the poor, the suffering, the ignorant and the sinner. Swami Vivekananda pronounced, “Who serves Jiva; serves Shiva indeed.”Ramakrishna Mission has been doing many general and social welfare services including health, education, relief etc. since its inception 1897. However after the devastated flood in 1978 which destroyed many villages causing loss of home, property, cultivation, cattle etc. causing difficulties in daily living. The then President Maharaj of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Most Revered Srimat Swami Vireswaranandaji who was enlightened with the vision of Swami Vivekananda, took initiative to rebuild villages through a new rural development project called ‘Pallimangal’. ‘Pallimangal’ is the Bengali word, meaning rural welfare. Thus the pallimangal project was started in the year 1980 initially with some welfare programmmes for the villages in Arambagh division of Hooghly district. Since then it has been working for the upliftment of the common masses especially poor & down trodden people with an emphasis on Women folk in the field of health, environment, education, economic, agriculture, social, & cultural development with the objectives of inculcating the spirit of self reliance, self determination & selflessness.”
The Order [Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission] that came into being after Sri Ramakrishna’s passing away to keep alive his ideal has now 210 (excluding sub-centres) branches in and outside India, with its Headquarters at Belur Math. From legal point of view the organization has two distinct wings – the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. But this distinction is tenuous, often overlaps and therefore, more theoretical than real. The Math and the Mission are closely related: the Governing Body of the Mission is made up of the Trustees of the Math and the administrative work of the Mission is fully in the hands of the monks of the Math. Through the origin of both the Math and the Mission can be traced back to the days of Baranagar monastery, the Math was registered as a trust only in 1901, and the Mission a registered society, in 1909, twelve years after it had been started by Swami Vivekananda on 1st May 1897. People, however, loosely use the name “Ramakrishna Mission” to mean both the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.”
Through both the Math and the Mission take up charitable and philanthropic activities, the former lays emphasis on spiritual development of people and the latter gives priority to welfare work. The motto that the twin organizations follow is the same, one that Swami Vivekananda put before them, “Atmano Moksartham Jagaddhitaya cha – doing good to the world with a spirit of worship and thus paving paths for one’s own salvation.”
Since the inception of the Pallimangal project in 1980, by the Headquarters, has been continued the rural development in the villages in and around the Kamarpukur and Jayrambati of Hooghly and Bankura district in West Bengal. Multiple activities of Pallimangal consist of two components, A] General and B] Medical.
A] General Activities 1] Apiculture Project, 2] Food Processing Programme, 3] Incense Stick Project, 4] Jute Handicrafts Project. 5) Mashroom Production Programme. 6] Mini Jute Spinning Programme, 7] Non-Formal Education Programme, 8] Soil Testing Laboratory. 9] Solar Energy Programme, 10] Weaving Project,11] Show room and Sales Promotion Programme, 12] Training programme, 13] Community Based Rehabilitation Programme.
B] Medical Activities 1] Mobile Medical Service, 2] OPD and Investigation Service. 3] National Blindness Control Programme. 4] Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, 5] National AIDS Control Programme, 6] National Leprosy Eradication Programme, 7] Persons with Disability Programme, 8] Other Health Activities.
Most of the beneficiaries are at Arambagh Sub-Division of Hooghly District and the people of adjacent areas of three districts e.g. Bankura, Burdwan and West Midnapore.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ORGANISATION:
1. Health Promotion & Nutritional status of the people of target group.
2. Economic development by way of generation of self-employment.
3. Environment & Sanitation improvement.
4. Education & Cultural promotion.
5. Training programmes on health, Self-employment & income generating programme.
6. Relief for natural Calamities.
NATURE OF WORK OF THE NGO:
Religious & Philanthropic Work. Relief & Charitable / Development / Educational / Cooperative / Healthcare.
MAJOR TARGET GROUPS:
Poor, Neglected downtrodden & UN-reach people of the rural areas.
SPECIFIC TARGET GROUPS (IF ANY):
Women / Children / Handicapped People. in slum area / tribal area / Migratory people.
Arambagh Subdivision of Hooghly district and the adjacent areas of Bankura, Bardhaman, West Midnapore district in West Bengal.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF HEALTH PROGRAMME:
|S.D.O Arambagh Sub-division||Chairman|
|ACMOH Arambagh Sub-division||Vice Chairman|
|M.L.A Goghat Constituency||Member|
|BDO Goghat II Block||Member|
|BMOH Kamarpukur Block Primary Health Centre||Member|
|Prodhan Kamarpukur Gram Panchayet||Member|