Citizens' Issues
Moneylife Impact: CM assures Sindhutai Sapkal of special permission for her orphanage
Following an online petition initiated by Sucheta Dalal, Founder-Trustee of Moneylife Foundation and subsequent articles published by Moneylife seeking justice for noted social reformer Sindhutai Sapkal alias Mai, the mother of orphans, Maharashtra Chief Minister has assured special permission to Mai’s orphanage. 
 
Specifically, responding to Moneylife's appeal, the CM's office said, "CM Devendra Fadnavis has strictly instructed the concerned officials to grant permission to Sindhutai Sapkal's (Mai's) organisation, taking into consideration her noble work since decades. He also instructed that the process for the same be expedited.
 
 
Responding to the developments, Sindhutai alias Mai says, "Moneylife has been the pillar of support for us and I thank them all." 
 
Vinay Sapkal, Sindhutai's son, was thankful to Moneylife for the support. He said, "We really have no words to express our gratitude for what you have done for us. We received a call from the CMO and the official informed us about the decision. It is really grateful for us to have somebody like Sucheta madam, Vinita madam and the Moneylife team around when needed." 
 
Sindhutai Sapkal, the stalwart social reformer, who has brought up 1,000 orphans and continues to mother orphans in four orphanages has been running from pillar to post since 2011 to get her orphanage registered. Instead, last week, she was slammed a notice by the Women's and Child Welfare Department of Maharashtra to close her Mundhwa orphanage and rehabilitate the orphans to government orphan institutions.
 
Most of the media has been extremely supportive of the efforts to get justice for Sindhutai, whose work is well known in the state.  It all began with Moneylife's Consulting Editor Vinita Deshmukh writing about the effort to dislodge Sindhutai from two of her orphanages despite her yeomen service to the nation in an article titled, Sindhutai Sapkal: Maharashtra has no funds for orphanages, but attempts to orphan the ‘Mother of Orphans’
 
With support from Change.org, Sucheta Dalal started an online petition titled "Stop Harassing Sindhutai Sapkal; Don’t Close Down Her Orphanage." Here is the link to the online petition https://www.change.org/p/devendra-fadnavis-stop-harassing-sindhutai-sapkal-don-t-close-down-her-orphanages. The petition, hosted at Change.org, was signed by 20,924 people from across the country.  
 
Ms Dalal also sought the intervention of CM Fadnavis. Since he was busy, Ms Dalal got in touch with his wife, Amruta Fadnavis, who promptly responded and sent a message late last night stating: “Regarding Sindhutai, CM has told the proposal of Sindhutai Sapkal has not been rejected. Permission will be given as a special case.'' Moneylife appreciates the concern and quick reaction of Amruta Fadnavis.
 
Ms Dalal also sent the link of the story to several state and union ministers. Moneylife is particularly thankful to Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal who, within five minutes called up and sought further information. He wondered whether there was any political angle to it. It is admirable that he went beyond his call and addressed the issue in his own way.
 
Moneylife also thanks Amruta Fadnavis, Change.org, which helped in making the online petition, Vijay Kumbhar, the entire media and several others who helped in this effort.
 
You may also want to read...
 
 

User

COMMENTS

Gopalakrishnan T V

6 months ago

Money Life Team has taken care of the lives of many orphans and given life to the Orphanage of the Mother of Orphanages madam Sindhutai Sakpal. Great work done by the life team members. Congrats.

Dr. Rakesh Goyal

6 months ago

CONGRATS

Dolphy D'souza

6 months ago

Heartiest congratulations Sucheta/ Vinita and the Moneylife Team. Ms Sindhutai Sapkal needs all the support to continue her noble work. Cheers.

P L Despande pawar

7 months ago

Great !!.

Venugopalan S

7 months ago

Great efforts by suchita

Chavan Rambhav

7 months ago

Thanks to Devendraji Fadanavis & Money life Foundation for support to Sindhutai Sapkal

Manu Mathew

7 months ago

congrats moneylife team

Mahesh S Bhatt

7 months ago

Thanks Fadnavis.Let truth prevail in frivolous Politics
Mahesh

Jyoti Dua

7 months ago

Great job done Sucheta ji. Heartiest congratulations. Sucheta ji, Vinita ji, Vijay Kumbhar and all members of the team who worked on this petition deserve three cheers. I was confident that if matter is brought to the notice of CM or Piyush Goyal, there will be some positive action. Thanks to Amruta ji to too.

D S Ranga Rao

7 months ago

Hearty congratulations to Sucheta, Vinita, Vijay Kumbhar and the entire Moneylife Foundation Team for their crusade in favor of "Maa" and the hapless orphans. But it's appalling to note that should the Maharashtra government require so much time and so much public outcry and intervention by high and mighty to see reason to help a good cause? Surely, the government has lost a good opportunity to prove its credibility.

REPLY

Jyoti Dua

In Reply to D S Ranga Rao 7 months ago

Sir, it has restored our faith in CM. It is the Bureaucracy which has brought out that their mind set needs to change. The Minister in-charge must realise how the genuine persons are made to suffer by bureaucracy.

D S Ranga Rao

7 months ago

Hearty congratulations to Sucheta, Vinita, Vijay Kumbhar and the entire Moneylife Foundation Team for their crusade in favor of "Maa" and the hapless orphans. But it's appalling to note that should the Maharashtra government require so much time and so much public outcry and intervention by high and mighty to see reason to help a good cause? Surely, the government has lost a good opportunity to prove its credibility.

padmakarnaik45

7 months ago

Namskar. Suchetaji & your Team, appreciate sincere effort , which has brought positive results.
This also demonstrates the strength & power of group of socially sensitive citizens to bring about change. Wish money life continued success...regards.

REPLY

Jyoti Dua

In Reply to padmakarnaik45 7 months ago

Very right. People need to be active on social media to high light such cases.

Suketu Shah

7 months ago

Congratulations also to Mr Goyal for the super quick thoughfulness on his part.

REPLY

Jyoti Dua

In Reply to Suketu Shah 7 months ago

Mr Goyal is performing very well as Central Minister. Three cheers for him.

Suketu Shah

In Reply to Jyoti Dua 6 months ago

perfectly said,And he has onoly gfot started these 2 yrs.He wl only get better.He is already doing unbelievably great work and cut out corruption at the top level of his field.Great by Mr Goyal.

New launches in housing sector in eight cities down 9%
Saddled with huge unsold inventory, the number of new launches across eight cities in the housing market reduced by nine per cent in the last six months, real estate consulting firm Knight Frank India said on Tuesday.
 
"New launches reduced by nine per cent in six months from 117,200 units in H1 2015 (first half year of 2015) to less than 107,120 units in H1 2016," a firm's report said.
 
The number of new launches in the last three years across the top eight cities registered the lowest point as developers became cautious because of the huge unsold inventory that has been piling up since 2013, the report said.
 
The eight cities are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, NCR (National Capital Region) and Pune.
 
However, there was a 7% growth in terms of sales in the January-June period this year as the number of units sold jumped to 135,015 units from 126,615 units in the same period last year.
 
The unsold units available in the market have reduced by 7% to less than 660,240 units in the first six months this year from 710,340 units in the same period last year, according to the report.
 
"Housing segment is recovering as sales have been rising, new launches have reduced and inventory pressure has eased off significantly in the last six months," firm's Chief Economist and National Director-Research Samantak Das said.
 
Among new launches, the NCR witnessed the sharpest drop of 41% year-on-year (y-o-y), followed by Chennai and Pune at 36% and 32% respectively. Mumbai recorded a growth in new launches by more than 29% y-o-y in January-June period.
 
Price growth across all the cities remained muted during the last six months, the report said.
 
In the office segment, there was a 12% growth in the transaction volume across the top six cities of India.
 
Transactions increased from 17.9 million sqare feet in H1 2015 to 20 mn sq ft in the latest six-monthly period, the firm said.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

 

User

COMMENTS

PRADEEP KUMAR

6 months ago

I find Chennai doesnt have many ready to move in apartments in new launches.

Sunil Aggarwal

7 months ago

Pune is over priced and hence launches and sales are far away from livable locations.

900 mn Indians live in 2 rooms or less
For 10 years, Degal Srimangar Sao, 26, has been sleeping in the corridor of a central Mumbai commercial complex, where he delivers tea every two hours to busy corporate employees.
 
Vijay, as he prefers to be called in Mumbai, is from Kharkatto, a village of 300 homes and 1,765 people - nearly 1,800 km northeast of Mumbai - in Hazaribagh district in the Gangetic-plains Hindi-heartland state of Jharkhand. His nine-member extended family -seven without Vijay and elder brother Puran, who also lives in a Mumbai office corridor - live in a three-room house.
 
Like Vijay, about 900 million Indians, or nearly 75 per cent of India’s households - with an average family size of five - live in two rooms or less, according to the latest data released by the government in June 2016.
 
Of the 900 million, 630 million, or more than half of all households, live in rural areas, with 262 million, or 20%, in urban areas. There does not appear to be a correlation between income and the size of homes, with some of India’s poorer states boasting larger homes than richer states and vice versa.
 
No more than 106 million urban households, or 9% of all Indian households, live in homes with more than three rooms. About 185 million Indians in rural areas, or 15% of all Indian households, live in houses with three or more rooms.
 
Data on the average size of rooms is not available with the Census of India.
 
Kerala has India’s largest homes
 
The people of Kerala - India’s seventh-richest by per capita income - live in India’s largest homes.
 
As many as 79% of rural households and 84% of the urban population in Kerala live in houses with more than three rooms, data from the 2014 baseline survey for Sample Registration System of the Census of India shows.
 
Kerala is followed by Jammu and Kashmir and Assam - 21st and 27th in terms of per capita income - with 66% and 34% rural, and 60% and 45% of the urban population living in relatively larger houses.
 
Jharkhand, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are the only states among the 23 big states for which the data has been released where more than half of all families live in two-room houses, both in rural and urban areas.
 
Vijay stays away from his family, wife, children and parents, except for an annual two-week visit home. Seven members of his family stay in a three-room mud house in their village, which he detests.
 
He is not sure whether he is really "content" in Mumbai or with his home. “Pasand ka sawaal nahi hai saab; karna padta hai (There is no question of me liking it, I have to do it),” said Vijay.
 
In Tamil Nadu, Bihar and West Bengal, 48%, 44% and 43% of the population lives in one room or no room - which could mean they are homeless.
 
Last year, along with his brother Puran, who also works in Mumbai, Vijay started building a brick-cement-mortar house for his family in his village; two rooms are complete.
 
To complete the renovation of his mud-house, Vijay needs to keep earning money and holding down expenses. “Mumbai mein raho to har mahina paisa bhej sakte hai, aur kharcha bahut kam ho jata hai (If you stay in Mumbai, you can send money home every month and expenses are low).”
 
Urban Maharashtra has the smallest houses
 
Of India’s states, Maharashtra has the highest proportion of urban population that is homeless or lives in one room: Half.
 
Maharashtra also has the maximum proportion of “urban slum units” (blocks of population living in slums), with 53% of all homes in slums, largely due to the slums that proliferate in the Mumbai metropolitan region, home to about 19 million people.
 
With 43% of its urban population living in one room or homeless, Tamil Nadu follows Maharashtra; West Bengal is next with 38% homeless or in one-room homes.
 
Vijay is one of those who represents Maharashtra’s cramped urban conditions: He lives in the corridors of a commercial building to maximise his earning and minimise his expenses, as many of India’s 360 million migrants do. In June 2016, IndiaSpend explored how this economic imperative played out with migrants forced out of their traditional homes.
 
Although Vijay’s village is not short of water and his father ploughs the land every monsoon and regularly reaps a paddy crop, it isn’t enough for the family. So, Vijay lives in Mumbai, sleeps in a corridor and, slowly, rebuilds the family home.
 
“In two years, my five-room pucca (brick-cement-mortar) home will be built,” said Vijay. “My father will be able to sleep in his own room, for the first time.”
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

User

COMMENTS

Ralph Rau

6 months ago

The great dream of every young man. Save. Save. Save for that dream home if not in the big, bad, over-crowded city then back in the Gaon where you can enjoy if not the largest room then at least the highest ceiling - the starry night sky .

We are listening!

Solve the equation and enter in the Captcha field.
  Loading...
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email

BUY NOW

The Scam
24 Year Of The Scam: The Perennial Bestseller, reads like a Thriller!
Moneylife Magazine
Fiercely independent and pro-consumer information on personal finance
Stockletters in 3 Flavours
Outstanding research that beats mutual funds year after year
MAS: Complete Online Financial Advisory
(Includes Moneylife Magazine and Lion Stockletter)