Initiative to make toys available to needy kids
Bhopal. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the initiative to make toys available to needy children will be made soon. He said that unused toys will be collected from citizens after their children grow big and distributed among needy children. He said this during a programme organized at the Mantralaya. Rajya Anand Sansthan signed two separate MoUs with IIT Kharagpur and Indian School of Business Hyderabad on the occasion.
Satvinder Singh Rekhi, who has done his schooling from Jabalpur announced to donate one lakh dollar amounting to Rs 65 lakhs for the establishment of Anand Club in Jabalpur. Honouring the sentiments of Rekhi Chief Minister instructed to name the centre, Rekhi Centre of Happiness. Minister of State for General Administration Lalsingh Aya, Chief Secretary Basant Pratap Singh were also present on the occasion.
Chouhan said that the state government is making constant efforts to bring happiness into the lives of the people. Several activities including Anandam, Anand Club and Anand Utsav under the aegis of Anand Sansthan have been initiated to implement new thoughts in this direction so that happiness increases in the people’s lives. More than 33 thousand volunteers have joined these activities. He said that by giving and receiving a commodity of need gives mutual happiness to both the giver and taker. This give and take activity is being performed at 172 places in the state.
The Chief Minister said that the MoUs signed with the leading institute by the Rajya Anand Sansthan will make significant contribution in providing a new direction to the efforts of making the country and world happy. He said that the world has wandered in the search for happiness. The need is to become introspective. Experience says post, money and prestige cannot fetch happiness. Happiness is a spiritual experience. A person wastes a major part of his energy in enmity and blind competition. Fulfilling one’s responsibility with constructive thinking brings remarkable happiness. He termed Narmada Seva Yatra as one such work of happiness.
It was informed that memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with IIT, Khadagpur for preparing required research and preparing questionnaire for finding out state's happiness index. IIT, Khadagpur will prepare draft for happiness index by contacting renowned persons and agencies working in the country and outside in this regard. So that, it can get international recognition. Survey will be conducted for finding happiness level of people of the state.
Besides, online and off-line courses will be introduced on the subject of happiness so that people can acquaint with complete life style. The efforts required for remaining happy will be conveyed to people through online and offline courses. Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, is running “A life of happiness and fulfillment” course. The course is available online in English. Citizens of Madhya Pradesh can get benefit of this course. MoU has been signed with Indian School of Business for translating this course in Hindi. Around two lakh people have pursued this course so far. It has got recognition across the world.
Anand Volunteers informed the Chief Minister about activities like 'Alpaviram' and other works, even through using video conference, in the meeting. Additional Chief Secretary, Shri Iqbal Singh Bains gave information about structure of State Anandam Sansthan and its activities. Chief Executive Officer Manohar Dubey proposed vote of thanks. Pravin Gangrade conducted the programme. Director of IIT, Khadagpur PP Chakravarthy, Dr Priyadarshi Patanaik, Sushri Reema Gupta of Indian School of Business, Hydarabad were present in the programme.