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He will open a village resource centre

  • The kendra is celebrating its 25th anniversary
  • It works for the development of tribal people

    CHAMARAJANAGAR: The Vivekananda Girijana Kalyan Kendra (VGKK) at B.R. Hills in Yelandur taluk of Chamarajanagar district is gearing up to welcome President of India A.P.J. Kalam on October 15 as part of 25th year celebration. The VGKK was established in 1981 and is dedicated to the ideal of "Service of God in Man".

    It is committed to the holistic sustainable development of tribal people.

    It has worked for 25 years with tribal people in Chamarajanagar and Mysore districts in Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    Dr. Kalam will inaugurate the village resource centre on the VGKK campus that will function in collaboration with ISRO for teleeducation, teleagriculture livelihood opportunities and e-governance.

    Dr. Kalam's visit to VGKK will raise the hopes of the Soliga people in their mission to self-reliance. The tribal people want to draw the attention of the President to withdraw the ban imposed by the Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Government of India, which prevents Soligas from collecting forest produce. Dr. Kalam will be visiting VGKK for the second time. He last visited the campus when he was a DRDO advisor to the Prime Minister in 1998.

    Awards

    The "Swami Vivekananda Seva"' award winners will receive this year's award from the President. C. Madegowda and H. Bhagya have been selected for this year's award.

    Dr. Kalam will participate in a programme organised for Soliga children.

    The former Lokayukta Venkatachala will preside over the function. Governor T.N. Chaturvedi, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, district in-charge and Housing Minister D.T. Jayakumar, Social Welfare Minister Jarkihole, Chamarajanagar MP M.Shivanna, Kollegal MLA Balaraj and others will participate.

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