Missions in Focus
for Science in rural
against Social ills
Small Community Microhydel Lighting
Refurbishing Village Primary
Resuscitation & Recharging
of rural wells
League is spearheading the cause for war widows and their children where
the rural community is the main segment to bear the brunt.
We maintain that compatible
education for the soldier’s children can be the only lasting
token of gratitude the nation can offer much more important than any
amount of dole we dish out to widows. With our social nuances
and age old customs cum traditions large sums of money in the hands
of a war widow make her very vulnerable and this has been the cause of
disruption and unhappiness ruining many families. Reckless exploitation of
the war widow’s cash assets by commercial middlemen leaves many in a
bankrupt state no doubt in possession of unnecessary and wasteful items of
possession, but no money for any good education for her or the children.
The attitude to wrap up our rewards in commercialized packages for the
sake of publicity has greatly reduced our moral commitment to the widows.
The government once provided a subsidy for backing up the education of war
widow’s children upto class 10 but this has been discontinued. As
education is becoming privatized and thus too expensive, the rural segment
is getting totally marginalized. This is where most widows belong. We took
up the sponsorship for backing the education of a few of the children of
Kargil casualties in a renowned public school in Delhi. He results were
stunning but this scheme could not be sustained beyond two years for lack
of resources. Some patriotic
donors came forward to help but this met only marginal needs. Our focus
is to keep this issue alive and in focus in forums and the establishment
while at the same time creating some facilities as a model in selective
learning centers through distance
education. Providing connectivity to these centers would be a great asset.
Meanwhile a dozen of the war
widow’s children are still continuing their public school training, This
scheme may close if we are not able to revive the support for it.
We shall be adding a chapter on this issue on our next updating.
Lt Gen R S Dayal, PVSM, MVC, talking
to war widow's children studding
in Manav Bharati School, Delhi.