16 July 2018
Kulbir singh kalsi
Shri V.P. Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab and Administrator UT Chandigarh, asked the Rotarians to find solution to the growing number of senior citizens in the city.
Addressing the Rotary Club of Chandigarh at the installation of the new team of 2018-19 under the leadership of Rtn A P Singh, at CII on Saturday, Shri Badnore said that there is dire need to provide for ‘end of life’ service to the ailing, destitute, and lonely population of the city, and offered to work with the Rotary Club in divising appropriate projects for the same.
He said that though large number of NGOs in India do not enjoy good reputation but Rotary, Lions and Bhartiya Vikas Parishad are an exception.
“Though I’m not a member of Rotary, I would like to work with you to make the city more livable and also address the problems of the villages on the periphery of the city” Shri Badnore remarked.
He also complimented the Rotarians for undertaking Rs.40 lakh project of renovating the cremation ground toilets and committing to maintain the same for five years.
Earlier the outgoing club leader Rtn Piara Singh Matharoo presented an audiovisual report of the service projects undertaken by the Club in the city, especially empowering children and women in Saketri village, running WaSH programme in the government schools of Chandigarh, and promoting literacy in the pockets of neglect.
Rtn AP Singh informed that very soon the Club would be setting up a Rotary Health Education Centre with the collaboration of the Chandigarh Administration and a partner organization in USA, besides setting up free dispensaries in various parts of the city.
Speaking on the occasion, Past Rotary International President Rajendra K Saboo informed that in the 60 years history of the Rotary Club of Chandigarh, it had the honour of having members who rose in the judiciary including two chief justices of India, five judges of the Supreme Court, and many judges of the High Courts.
Even the first President of the Club in 1958 was Mr Justice R.P. Khosla of Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The Club has given to the city numerous projects right from providing the first funeral van to the Rotary PGI Serai, International Dolls Museum, Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Centre (Sector 37), Libraries, Dental Van to Sector 16 Government Hospital, Rotary Vocational Training Centre in Sector 18, and most notable being its Rotary Hearltine project started in 1998, under which lives of 731 children suffering from heart disease, have been saved