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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

BJP Panchayat member from Thiruvananthapuram donates land to the needy

BJP panchayat member from Mylakkara in Thiruvananthapuram, R Vijayan, donated land to the homeless during the auspicious occasion of his daughter’s marriage. Mylakkara is 30 km east of Thiruvananthapuram city. Vijayan has become a perfect example of how a public servant should behave ethically. 

The philanthropist is a member of Manjadimoodu in Kallikad Gram Panchayat near Mylakkara. His Wife, R Hemalatha, is also the Vellarada Gram Panchayat Secretary. Vijayan has brought happiness to three more families and his daughter’s delight.

Guests witnessed the beautiful sight at the wedding ceremony of Vijayan’s second daughter Ashwani at the Kallikad Auditorium on Republic Day. Before his daughter entered the Kathirmandapam (a stage usually made of wood and decorated with flowers), 10 cents of land was registered and given to three deserving people without their own land. Their eldest daughter Aswathi was already married.

Mylakkara Vijayan said his family fully supported his decision to donate land before the recent marriage. Vijayan also insisted that the land he was giving should reach the rightful hands. The selection of beneficiaries was also made transparently.

Senior RSS Pracharak S Sethumadhavan handed over the property records to the landless poverty-stricken individuals at the Kathirmandapam.

Vijayan was an active district office bearer of the Hindu Aikya Vedi. He contested on a  BJP ticket in the last panchayat election and won. Public acknowledgment pushed the Hindu leader to do more for society. Incidentally, it was not just Vijayan that won from the locality. Many BJP members won and took control of the panchayat.

This is not the first time that the philanthropist has indulged in charity work. Before completing two years as a Gram Panchayat member, all the girls in the ward were made members of Sampoorna Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana beneficiaries.

It is a small deposit scheme for girl children launched as part of the central government’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign. Joining one before a girl child reaches the age of 10 years fetches an attractive interest rate, tax rebates, and other benefits. 

Vijayan paid the first installments and handed the savings passbook to the families in his ward. With this initiative, the philanthropist converted his entire community into a full Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana Gram. Similarly, he has been distributing 200 Public Service Commission (PSC) bulletins free of cost to the job-seeking youth of the ward.

Mylakkara Vijayan plans to transform the Manjadimoodu ward into a model village. Financial assistance to cancer patients and social marriage projects for the welfare of underprivileged children are all going on in the ward under his leadership. Similarly, Vijayan is actively involved in running the free mid-day meal program for the patients of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.

Many suggested that this should be how a public servant can be an example for others to follow. Though many preach, such acts of kindness and selflessness are rare. The Kallikad Gram Panchayat is lucky to have a BJP member like Vijayan.  

“Satha hastha samahara sahasra hastha samkira,” states the Atharva Veda. It means to work as if you had 100 hands and give as if you had 1000 hands. As Bhagwan’s money, one should give one-tenth of our gross income (Dashamamsha) to Achaaryas, Rishis, the destitute, impoverished, and the hungry, according to Vedas. 

Many devout Hindus adopt the Dashama Bhaga Vrata (pledge), which promises to donate 10% of their monthly income to a chosen organization to uphold Sanatana Dharma. The Dashamamsha Vrata custom dates back many centuries.

Dashamamsha need not be limited to giving to ashrams and temples. Furthermore, Dashamamsha need not limit itself to helping people. With the resources a person desires to donate, building gaushalas for cows, digging artificial lakes, planting trees, etc., is entirely appropriate.

Dashamamsha brings a greater awareness of Bhagwan’s power in the world, and the givers are uplifted to a purer spiritual consciousness. It is believed that abundance naturally floods into their lives.

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