Ananada Marga plans to open agriculture cooperatives in flood-hit pockets of Orissa

23 Sep

Bhubaneswar:Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT), a leading social arm of Ananda Marga, plans to launch agriculture co-operative forums in the flood-hit pockets of Orissa. The proposed forums would serve as platform to provide minimum support to the affected farmers to resume their activity.

Speaking to reporters here, Acharya Lokatitananda Avadhut, central AMURT coordinator, said the peasants would be supplied with seeds, manure and technical knowhow to undertake cultivation.

“We are deeply shocked to see the sorry state of affairs in the flood-hit pockets. The farmers are the worst-hit. They have lost their standing paddy crop. They need support to resume the Ravi crop and we are planning to support them in the best possible ways,” said Avadhut.

The seer also stated that AMURT was planning to launch Adarsh Jagaran Pathsala, a special programme for the all-round development of children of socio-economically weaker sections.

“Besides, AMURT is planning to start yoga classes and spiritual programmes for the villagers. Special skill development training programmes are being chalked out for the socio-economic empowerment and self-reliance of the village youths and the women,” he added.

It may be mentioned here that AMURT activists undertook massive relief and rescue operations, sanitation and healthcare drives in the flood-affected pockets such as Marsaghai, Mahakalapara and Garadpur in Kendrapara district, Gop, Delang and Kanas in Puri district; Banki and Tigiria blocks in Cuttack district.

AMURT Orissa chapter coordinator Er Kanhu Charan Behura informed that at least 15 sadhus and over one hundred trained AMURT activists participated in the relief work.

“AMURT has decided to adopt at least one village in the each worst-hit pocket in Cuttack, Puri and Kendrapara district. The basic motto behind this is to ensure education to all and skill upgradation of the youth to address the unemployment problem. Once successful, the village will be showcased as a model unit which will be replicated in other areas,” added Mr Behura.

The press conference, among others,  Mr  Natabar Behera, Mr Bisnucharan Rout, Mr Balaram Behera, Mr Pramod Sahoo, Mr Birakishor Behera, Mr Saroj Mahapatra, Mr Sanatan Behera, Mr Naba Samantaray, Mr Umakanta Parida, Mr Pramod Dev, Mr Sarbeswar Barik and Mr Haladhar Das, Acharya Mahidevananda, Acharya  Satyasudhananda, Acharya Gopikrishnananda, Acharya Guniindrananda, Acharya Navodvashananda,Ac harya Pramatishananda, Acharya Japakrishnananda, Acharya Chiranjayananda and Acharya Rathiindrananda.

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