Bhoomi Pujan ceremony for a project of Vivekananda Health Mission was held at Jubli Village of Dehradun recently in the presence of Swami Padmanabhananda of Shivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, RSS Sahsarkaryavah Dr Krishna Gopal and vice president of Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram Shri Kripa Prasad Singh. The programme was organised by Dr Anuj Singhal, Dr Pankaj Bhatia, national health incharge of Kalyan Ashram, Dr Manish Pandey, cancer expert from Delhi, Dr Rakesh Tyagi from Agra. Dr Anuj Singhal and his wife Dr Tara have worked for 10 years in Waynad district of Kerala with the Vivekananda Medical Mission. Dr Singhal is a product of Agra Medical College, whereas Dr Tara did her MBBS from Mysore Medical College.
Swami Padmanabhananda blessed the team of medicos for their proposed services to the Vanvasis of Uttarakhand. He appreciated the medical services being rendered by the Vivekananda Medical Mission and the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in remote areas of the country. He said Narayan (God) lives in huts of Vanvasis. Samanwaya Ashram was established by Swamiji for the same cause, he said.
RSS Sahsarkaryavah Dr Krishna Gopal appreciated the initiative of doctors and said the project was a dire need for the area. He also appreciated the contribution of Shri Manoj Agarwal, who gave the land for the project. He is a swayamsevak and a builder in Delhi. His brother Dr Anil Jain worked for few years at the Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra Lohardaga Hospital. Dr Krishna Gopal appealed to all the doctors of the country to spare at least 10 days in a year for the Vanvasis, as it would support the dreams of Dr Hedgewar—service to needy is service to God.
Shri Kripa Prasad Singh appealed to the young workers of the area to take the project as a challenge. Providing services to the rural people is the basic duty of all the swayamsevaks living in any part of India. He said a team of 200 doctors under the banner of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram held 2,525 medical camps and treated 20,96,761 patients in Vanvasi areas during Swami Vivekananda birth centenary year from January 12, 2013 to January 12, 2014.