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A Clinic Catering to the Underserved
Vikas Goel and his family noticed that many domestic helps, drivers, security guards, etc, in their locality did not have access to medical care. Whenever they, or their family members, fell sick, they would either avoid going to the doctor or end up visiting some expensive quack. Even if they were able to visit government dispensaries, the prices of medicines were prohibitive; so they came away empty-handed or spent a lot of time getting treatment.
 
With this, grew the seed of an idea—a clinic catering to the underserved—free consultation and medicines for common ailments. Vikas Goel, his wife Seema and father-in-law Surinder, decided to let their actions speak. This non-government organisation (NGO) was, as they say, a token of gratitude to the society we live in. And it is still in its formative stage.
 
Sukrt is a Sanskrit word that means good or righteous deed. It summarises the philosophy of this NGO. Sukrta Foundation was set up as a trust in 2014 at Powai (Mumbai) with the mission to support educational, medical and other needs of people growing up in poverty and to motivate people to do good. 
 
Sukrta Foundation currently runs a free medical clinic in Raheja Vihar, Powai. Since April 2015, the free two-hour weekly medical clinic every Thursday has been gaining popularity. A qualified general physician provides free consultation to patients and dispenses free medicines. So far, the clinic has provided over 60 days of free consultations and attended to over 2,500 patients. 
 
Every week, some 30-40 patients, staying in and around Powai, queue up to see the doctor. These include people who have been ignoring ailments for long due to lack of money; others are on a repeat visit as their health has improved. There are security guards, who take off from work to consult doctors, and there are house-maids who come with their sick kids.
 
The founders are also piloting a ‘housing society social responsibility’ programme on the lines of CSR (corporate social responsibility). They are working with housing societies to assist them in conducting in-house clinics so that they can help the local maids, drivers and guards. The Sukrta model hopes to be a catalyst for what housing societies and small groups can achieve. 
 
Slowly, Sukrta’s list of well-wishers is growing with people coming forward with monetary donations or spending time and energy to design campaigns, build a website, manage the visitors to the clinic, etc. But much more is needed to help the organisation grow. Even today, most of the money comes from its founders. Promoting its work on social media, like Twitter and FaceBook and email, is beginning to help. 
 
For readers who share the philosophy of Sukrta and want to extend a helping hand, here are a few things you can do. You can be like Raj Kumar Modi, a retired businessman, and help organise camps, fund-raising and creating awareness; or be like Rahul Kulkarni, who helped design a terrific fund-raising campaign, help spread the word, organise patients or simply write a cheque. Sukrta keeps administration costs to the minimum. The dispensary itself is run by a qualified doctor while the Foundation acts as a sponsor. The cost per patient works out to around Rs75 of which doctor’s fees account for 41% of the cost and medicines cost 34%. If you are a doctor, willing to volunteer time to run a dispensary or can spare the space for a couple of hours every week, do connect with Sukrta. They would love to hear from you. 
 
Sukrta Foundation is registered as a public charitable trust with the charity commissioner of Mumbai. It has applied for approval under Section 80-G exemption from the income-tax department.
 

 

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COMMENTS

Bhavin Raithatha

5 months ago

Very good initiative and truly helpful to people in need.

Swapan Mukherjee

5 months ago

Great initiate indeed. Thank you.

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Sukrta Foundation

In Reply to Swapan Mukherjee 5 months ago

Thanks Swapan

Railways streamlines process for concession certificates to physically challenged
New Delhi: In order to streamline the procedure for issuing of concessional certificate to physically challenged persons, Railways has made changes to the rules in case of change of residence for the convenience of the passengers.
 
Railways has already facilitated convenient booking of concessional tickets including online ticketing for the physically challenged persons.
 
According to a statement issued by the ministry, in those cases where the applicant has shifted to a new place and his concession certificate has been issued by the government hospital of his previous residence, he or she will be allowed to apply to Divisional Railway Manager's (DRM) office of current residence.
 
The DRM office will then get the concession certificate verified by the concerned zone in which the government hospital falls which has issued the concession certificate.
 
Such zone will then send the verification report to the referring division which had sent the request.
 
Based on the verification report, DRM office will issue the ID card to the physically challenged person or to his or her representative.
 
The notification further said: "However, original certificates (including address proof indicating current residence) must be shown at the time of collection of card. The time limit for disposal of the application/issue of ID card in such cases is two months from the date of receipt of application."
 
The photo ID card issued to the eligible physically handicapped person is valid for five years from the date of issue or till the last date upto which the concession certificate is valid whichever is earlier after which it has to be renewed/re-issued for which the same procedure as for issue of fresh photo ID card is to be followed.
 
The concession certificate is valid for ten years in the age group of 26 to 35 years, in case of permanent disability.
 
The concession certificate is valid for whole life of the concerned person above the age of 35 years.
 
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New income disclosure norms to be applicable from April 1, 2016
New Delhi: The Income Computation and Disclosure Standards (ICDS) shall be now applicable from April 1, 2016 instead of April 1, 2015, since tax payers might have already filed income tax return without incorporating compliance with the ICDS, the Finance Ministry said here on Wednesday.
 
“It has been decided that the ICDS shall be applicable from April 1, 2016. The notification to this effect will be issued shortly,” a statement from the Finance Ministry said here on Wednesday.
 
“Some of the tax payers might have filed their return of income and obtained Tax Audit Report without incorporating the compliance with the ICDS and related disclosures in the absence of the revised Tax Audit Report,” the statement said.
 
Subsequent to notification of the ICDS, a number of representations were received which were examined by an Expert Committee. The Committee has recommended amendments to the notified ICDS and also issuance of clarification in respect of certain points raised by the stakeholders, it said.
 
“The revision of ICDS as recommended by the Committee, is under consideration. The revision of the Tax Audit Report is also being made for ensuring the compliance with the provisions of ICDS and for capturing the disclosures mandated by the ICDS,” it added. 
 
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