Six committees and an expert panel constituted

Gandhigram Trust has been going in for a major structural change in order to modernise administrative functions and expand its activities of tapping new avenues and strengthening existing business activities without diluting Gandhian principles, said K. Shiva Kumar, new secretary of the Trust.

Talking to press persons here on Wednesday, he said that the out-going managing trustee R. Kousalya Devi, who was entitled to nominate the next managing trustee, had nominated M.R. Rajagopalan as Managing Trustee for life. Earlier, he served as secretary of the trust.

Former vice-chancellor of Gandhigram Rural Institute was appointed as associate secretary. Amar Seva Sangam Secretary S. Sankara Raman took over as treasurer, he added.

The board also constituted six committees and an expert panel for ensuring effective functioning of all units under its control. Each committee had staff representatives and members of core committee. Decentralisation of power would ensure better functioning of the units. Youngsters were roped in to these committees to chalk out future plans and execute them. Automation would also take place in a large scale, he added. “Moulding young generation to handle administration independently is under way,” he said.

New treasurer Sankara Raman said the board had developed a resource management package to improve the financial status. Main focus would be on increasing donation base.

Mr. Shiva Kumar, who was the treasurer of the trust, took over as the trust secretary. Octogenarian Dr. Kousalya Devi got relieved of her position as managing trustee and would continue as life trustee of the trust. She had served as managing trustee for 14 years.

The new office-bearers of the Trust discussed future plans of Sowbhagya Illam, a home for children during their first meeting.

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