Dear Fellow Senior Citizens,
Greetings to be blissful in the state of “Sat-Chit-Anand” to break free the self imposed barriers/boundaries of our mindset. Having surmounted the psychological pressures, isolation from society, emotional distress, suppression of feelings, dampening of physical activities during the preceding 15 months of being home confined; our capacity has been built to manage issues of concerns unique to each one of us. Our well being through an appropriate medical interventions/antibody developments/immunity improvements and more are surely a priority. Marching on our mission envisioned in AISCCON Bylaws for civil society of all ages; we need to continually explore the avenues for utilisation of our rich experiences and vast knowledge for the benefit of the entire society.
During the period April – June 2021; we facilitated through Webinar the Executive Committee meeting on May 25, 2021. The proceeding moved in a cordial manner and led to a number of decisions including forming a separate arm of AISCCON Trust for the charitable activities. On March 31, 2021, MoSJ&E notified an Annual Action Plan (2021-22) under Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana (AVYAY) (A Centrally Sponsored Scheme for the welfare of Senior Citizens) having a financial outlay of Rs.533.81 Crores. The key features of our interest are summarised in this newsletter for kind perusal & further prudent actions by our affiliates in their respective domains of interest/activities. The CSR Committee prepared a proposal under AVYAY scheme and submitted it to AISCCON HQ on April 27, 2021, aimed at seeking an assignment from MoSJ&E on a nomination basis. For MoSJ&E grants during 2021-22, only one proposal is submitted online on March 30, 2021 seeking a grant of Rs. 17.03 lakhs. This was intimated to us on April 10, 2021, by Mr. V. Narayana Murty, Secretary VIRRD Trust Hospital with a request for recommending through AISCCON. We sent a draft letter addressed to the concerned official in MoSJ&E to AISCCON, HQ on April 13, 2021, and HQ sent the recommendation to Ministry on April 25, 2021.
Trust affiliates having 80G status, have made fresh applications as per new regulations to maintain their status for soliciting grants/donations. Besides continuing efforts for welfare schemes; in our 7th CSR Newsletter we had submitted a concept note for the CSR project at the AISCCON level and solicited the views/comments from our affiliated forums/associations/federations. The inputs/value additions/suggestions on these lines are awaited. Any other viable proposals / valuable recommendations emanating from the AVYAY Scheme of 2021-22 from the affiliates are most welcome. Based on the responses from Affiliates, we propose to have a meeting amongst the affiliates during September 2021. Based on the outcome of the meeting, we have plans to interact with CII, EEPC, and similar organizations to get us priority on CSR grants.
The CSR Newsletters can be downloaded from the AISCCON website. Kindly provide details of your CSR activities for inclusion in the forthcoming CSR NewsLetter. Comments queries from pro-active minds & mentors shall be sportingly reviewed for the furtherance of our common endeavor.
Best wishes … Stay in touch …
Cordially yours …
Manohar Lal Baharani