Land for learning- The New Indian Express

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KALABURAGI:  Amid spiritual actions and a slew of commitments that include the function, training has all the time been paramount for the pontiff of Dasoha Virakta Mutt of Sonna village of Jewargi taluk, Poojya Shivanand Swamiji.

The instrument which dispels ignorance, empowers communities and permits them to confront myriad challenges in life, is training. It has to start out someplace, and the accepted system of imparting training is in school, for which the pontiff efficiently acquired land.

The clamour of calls for from college students of Ghattarga village of Afzalpur taluk to assemble a brand new highschool had reached its apotheosis however did not sway the federal government, which has noticed a studied silence.

Shivanand Swamiji, who had heaved the accountability of constructing a brand new authorities highschool, maintains a low profile. In Sonna village, he gives free training and organises mass feeding for the poor, Dalits and tribals via the tutorial establishment within the village.

Responding to an invite of devotees of Ghattarga village of Afzalpur taluk to offer a spiritual discourse in October, Shivanand Swamiji went to Ghattarga, the place a bunch of scholars from the Authorities Excessive College got here to fulfill him. They narrated their plight in class.

Positioned on the premises of Ghattarga Bhagamma Temple, the college belonged to the endowment division. As a substitute of concentrating on their research, the scholars needed to be consistently cautious of their security within the dilapidated faculty, particularly through the monsoon. Repairs required funds, and though the college training division had ample funds at their disposal for reconstruction of the college constructing, the endowment division was unwilling to allow both restore or reconstruction. They reasoned that permission can’t be granted as per guidelines, whereas the federal government, in accordance with the foundations, can not buy land for building of a faculty.

Nevertheless, a flicker of hope lay within the shadows of a provision that the division has to construct the college on authorities land, or on a chunk of land that has been donated. Ghattarga was devoid of any authorities land, and the variety of donors got here to zilch.

The scholars had undertaken a padayatra from Ghattarga to Kalaburagi, round 80km, to pour out their woes to the chief minister within the first week of October. However the buffer thrown across the chief minister by officers prevented them from presenting their case. The scholars had reached a useless finish and requested the swamiji for a breakthrough.  

Akshara Jolige

Shivanand Swamiji may have used the chance so as to add one other department to his mutt in Ghattarga. As a substitute, he inspired native folks to type a committee, which he led to gather donations from villagers to buy the land and donate it to the federal government for a brand new faculty.

Carrying a cotton bag to gather voluntary donations from folks, swamiji referred to as it ‘Akshara Jolige’ into which villagers would pledge their contributions, massive and small. The preliminary monetary tranche got here from the swamiji himself, who donated Rs 1 lakh from his mutt. Even when somebody donated Re 1, the committee members issued a receipt to maintain suspicion at bay, whereas working in direction of a noble trigger.

The committee had in 10 days collected Rs 61 lakh from the folks, with which they bought 3 acres of land in Ghattarga. Subsequently, Afzalpur MLA MY Patil strengthened the efforts for a brand new faculty by buying an acre of land and donating it to the villagers. The Ghattarga Bhagamma Temple Belief determined to buy an acre of land to donate to the federal government.

The committee handed over land paperwork pertaining to 2.5 acres to Sakreppa Gowda, Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI), Kalaburagi, on November 21. A letter to the DDPI was submitted by the committee, urging that the brand new constructing of the federal government highschool be referred to as ‘Ghattarga Bhagamma Akshara Jolige Proudha Shale’.

Spreading information

Shivanand Swami heads Shivanand Shivayogi Grameena Jana Kalyana Samsthe, which runs instructional establishments together with the ITI institute in Sonna village. Aside from main faculty, the Mutt runs all the things. A couple of years in the past, main colleges grew to become aided colleges. Of round 1,500 college students, over 600 college students are from the Dalit and tribal group. The Virakta Mutt gives them free hostel lodging and training.

Bag of grains

Beginning on Ugadi, Shivanad Swamiji and his disciples go to homes in Sonna and surrounding villages to gather meals grains. First, they’d knock on the doorways of Dalits for foodgrains. Folks have been free to offer any amount of grains starting from 50gm to a quintal, that are used to offer free meals to college students and devotees on the mutt, which additionally organises mass marriage and free well being checkup camps, yearly.

Energy of starvation

To mount stress on then chief minister Dharam Singh’s authorities to finish the Mallabad Carry Irrigation undertaking, Shivanand Swami launched a starvation strike for 13 days, together with another swamis of Jewargi taluk. The starvation strike was referred to as off solely after Singh visited the spot, and their demand was to be fulfilled.

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