In a resolute to uplift the underprivileged and meritorious children coming from scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes, the Jammu Kashmir Reserved Categories Empowerment Alliance (JKRCEA), a conglomerate organisation of various socio-religious groups of the communities, retired employees, women, youth and students, has launched Merit Cum Mean Financial Assistance Scheme. This scheme was launched by Dr. Sanjay Bhasin, President of JKRCEA in a function held here today in presence of Bodh Raj Bhagat, head socio-religious wing, R.C.Bhasin of retired employees forum, Nighat Shafeeq of women wing, Talib Choudhary of youth & students. On this occasion merit cum mean scholarship was awarded to Abhimanu Kaith, R/O Jammu pursuing MBBS from GMC, Jammu, Sarmesh Kumar Bhagat, R/O Rajgarh Ramban, pursuing graduation from GDC, Udhampur, and Imran Ahmed from Poonch, studying in 12thstandard and financial assistance for studies and livelihood was also provided to Ms. Saima a specially abled child who is very poor and in an accident lost her leg.
Dr. Sanjay Bhasin while speaking on the occasion recalled the historic public speech of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar in Agra on March 18, 1956, just nine months before his death in which he had said “There is some progress on education in our society. By acquiring education, some people have reached to the higher positions; but these educated people have deceived me. I was hoping from them that after acquiring higher education they will serve the society; but what I am seeing is that a crowd of small and big clerks has gathered around, who are busy feeding themselves and their families.”Stating that Ambedkar’s Agra speech was full of pain and anguish of an unimaginable level over how the major beneficiaries of reservation had their own selfish agenda instead of carrying forward the struggle of emancipation of the oppressed, Dr. Bhasin said that the categories employees of J&K State touched by the apprehension of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar have endeavoured to pay back to the society and thus instituted this financial support scheme with the cooperative donations and financial contributions by them and entrepreneurs from amongst these communities only which would have great social impact.
While giving the detail of Merit cum Mean Financial Assistance Scheme of JKRCEA, Dr. Zabeer Ahmed Bajjar, general secretary of JKRCEA has said that since there are many meritorious students in the SC, ST, OBC and others economically backward classes, who have the potential to do well provided they are given financial support, JKRCEA thus has introduced the scholarship and financial support for students belonging to the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward classes who want to undertake their education but due to financial constraint are not in a position to continue. He further told that with an aim to support the underprivileged lot of the communities, academically brilliant school going students struggling with financial constraints for continuation of higher education, due to the lack of finances, JKRCEA has in first instance decided to bear the expenditure of education of three such students. He also informed that any needy student, in case is desirous to avail the financial assistance may submit his/her detail to the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bod Raj Bhagat, President, socio-religious wing of JKRCEA while speaking on the occasion appreciated this initiative of employees of SC/ST and OBC communities and went on saying that instead of ritualistic exercise of garlanding the statues and portraits of Dr. Ambedkar, his message of paying back to the society is understood and complied on ground.
Among others Fareed Ahmed Choudhary, Prof. G.L.Thappa, Joginder Paul, R.C.Bhasin, M.R.Bangotra, Prof Kali Dass, Mohinder Bhagat, M.L. Banalia, G.L.Lakhnotra, T.C.Bavoria, Tara Chand, Nighat Shafeeq and Manoj Kumar, also spoke on the occasion.