See regular activities here.
[2007- ] Disability and Rehabilitation of the victims of Japanese
Encephalitis in Eastern Uttar Pradesh
Encephalitis (JE) is a killer disease. It has taken more than ten thousand
lives and severely affected more than a lakh peoples since 1978. PURVANCHAL
in Uttar Pradesh-the rice belt was badly affected with JE for the past 29
years but things have not much changed till now. The JE came to Uttar
Pradesh in 1978 and from 1978 to 2006 in 29 years the state has seen 18
chief ministers and 8 Governors and almost all the political parties have
ruled, but, so far JE disabled is concerned, the crisis is still the same.
In the affected area, even the basic infrastructure has not been built-up
and the health services are not up to the marks.
details of our work here
[2008 - ] Collaborative Activity: Genetically Modified Crops
– Center For Contemporary Studies & Research, Lucknow
awareness in India about genetically modified seed and crops, in general,
is poor. There is no labelling in stores on
genetically engineered food materials. Consumers are, therefore, totally in
the dark on what they are eating and what are their effects on health.
Bt Brinjal, like many other Genetically Modified
(GM) crops has been now shown by independent analysis to impact health
adversely. In other studies too, when GM food was tested on rats, the
results were alarming. Evidence linked GM food with stunted growth, impaired
immune systems, potentially precancerous cell
growth in the intestines, liver/pancreas/intestinal damage and even
inter-generational effects. Latest studies have confirmed that GM foods
since GMOs were first introduced in the mid-1990s, farmers’ groups and NGOs
have warned that they would not only contaminate other crops, but have
adverse impact on Environment, Bio-diversity ,
country’s Food-sovereignty, social and economic structure in farming
community. As produce of GM crops
cannot be used as seed for next crop, farmers shall always be at mercy of
MNC seed companies for their future needs. In the absence of a national
facility, presently seed companies either do the tests themselves or get
them done in laboratories in-equipped to know if a seed was normal or
GM crops are planted they contaminate other crops with transgenic material.
In places where GM crops are grown on a large scale, it has already become
almost impossible to find crops of the same species that are free of GM
material. And the contamination spreads even to areas where GM crops are
not officially permitted. This has happened, just as predicted.
Contamination will reach a new level of toxicity, and occur not only within
organisms of the same species but also between species as different from
each other as plants and bacteria, or plants and fungi.
Mexico , GM
based maize has now Contaminated the indigenous maize variety, which is
sick and needs to be cured, but not killed. It may take a year or 100 years
to cure it, but it has to be done, because the indigenous maize has been
with their communities for generations. In Argentina, in GM based Soya
farming the intense application year after year of a single herbicide
– glyphosate – has led to the emergence of a new class of weeds that have
become resistant to this chemical. Apart from these, it has badly affected
the overall fertility of the soil.
See details of our work
Corruption in India and APPL
International (TI), a global organization engaged in fights against
corruption, and having several studies highlighting the damaging effects of
corruption on over all development in various countries world-wide has
posted India at serial No.87, indicating very high level of corruption
prevailing in India. It is not different from our every day life-experience
in almost every walk of life, be it getting issued ration-card, birth/death
certificates from local municipality, getting old-age pension, retirement
benefits (like PF, Gratuity, pension fixation), getting normal
water/power/sewage connections, car/bike registration, driving
license-issuance; for rural folks getting copies of land/crop records from Patwari (Lekhpal), BPL (below
the poverty line) cards, SC/ST/OBC caste certificates from the local
administration, getting a property transferred/registered in the local
sub-registrar office, for city dwellers any job from a land owing
Government Authority (like DDA,LDA, Noida/ Greater Noida authority etc
),may be even depositing/with-drawing your own money, land allotment for
bigger projects, getting construction plans approved, completion/occupation
certificates issued etc, leave aside bigger corporate issues of getting
permissions/clearances to start a business, environmental /pollution
clearances, big tag tender finalization, global procurement of
defense-equipments, procurement/lease of aero-planes, naval vessels etc. etc. Law- makers have been reported
to demand and receive money for even their normal duties like asking
regular questions/ voting in favor of ruling parties, inside the
legislative houses. It seems nothing is left, nothing is spared.
Even the most sacrosanct
Judiciary has been accused of various wrong doings. Be it the case of
senior Supreme court judge Mr. Ramaswami, who had
just saved his impeachment by resigning during his parliament hearings,
Justice Sen of Calcutta (Kolkatta)
High court was under scanner and he also resigned to get away from the
further embarrassment, when his impeachment process was currently on, CBI
is pursuing the case of ex-Punjab & Haryana High court Justice Nirmal Yadav in famous cash
at door case, many Supreme court/High court/District court judges are
fighting to save their skin in the famous Ghaziabad court Provident Fund
scandals. These are tips of the ice burgs. Some journalists have
fictitiously procured the non-bail-able warrants of our respected
ex-president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam from Ahmedabad
court some years back, while he was still in position to show what can be
done in courts and how much corruption has seeped in our judicial
APPL, as a leading reputed
charitable organization has its own experience in our day-to-day
activities. Many times we were put to test to our faith, value system,
patience, honesty & integrity and sense of belongingness for the cause.
In April 2006,during registration of the APPL trust, we did not pay to any
body, be it any government officials, consultants, brokers etc, besides for
the due payments for the services of the attending advocate. Similarly
during our case in the Income tax department for grant of concessions under
80(G), we patiently waited for more than 5 year, applied and re-applied
with all required details/documents and relentlessly pursued our case and
finally got issued the required approval from the Income-tax department.
Our experience says if one is able to put his/her case strongly, do one’s
home-work meticulously, submit all required documents, pursue the case
repetitively with full faith & honesty, there are very good chances one
would be saved of the situation where corruption could play a decisive role.
When the whole country was in the grip of Anna –wave, APPL also
visited the Ramlila ground, a couple of times
even in the bad weathers, to participate and support for the Anna Hazare’ s anti-corruption cause. Some
of the photographs on the occasion are given here. APPL officials
participated in the rally’s organized, both in the
mornings and evenings in the local area (Sector-62, Noida), during the
period of the crusade by Sri Anna Hazare.
 Collaborative Activity: Medical Camp For Health Check-up of Riksha Puller’s--- APPL and Awadh
Diagnostic Centre, Gorakhpur
and awareness among Riksha- Pullers, as common to
any unprivileged section of the society, is poor. Riksha-Pullers,
as a group, are generally self-employed people with background of from poor
families, illiterate, low income, mal-nutrition, hard & long but not
defined working hours, exploited lot, with low awareness about importance
of cleanliness and absence of regular health care. Public awareness about
health-status of this group is also
need to spread awareness about regular health check-up and health-care in Riksha pullers a health camp,in collaboration with Awadh
Diagnostic Centre ,Gorakhput was organized by APPL at Bitchhia
Camp Jungle Tulsi Ram, Gorakhpur ,U.P. on
November 23,2008. About 110 riksha pullers
participated in the program. Apart from health screening for some major
diseases, and general Eye and Dental checkups, importance of cleanliness,
which is a key precaution for many diseases, the importance of healthy and
nutritious food was also explained .Awadh
Diagnostic Centre offered to
organize to bear for expenses for free
X-Ray, Ultra-sound, other clinical tests. See report and photographs
of the event here. Local media has widely
covered this event.
Out of the
110 people screened, it was found that
majority of the Riksha Pullers are
suffering from mal-nutrition, low blood pressure, liver and respiratory
problems. About 15% were found so called
healthy, without any major diseases, whereas 12% were found suffering from Tuberculosis, and
one person was found suffering from leprosy.
The medical camp was inaugurated by Dr. A. K Srivastava, Executive
Trustee of APPL trust. Dr. Alok Sinha of Sahara Welfare Foundation, Dr. Naresh Shukla, Dr.Rahul Thakur, Dr.A.K.Pandey,
Dr.Thakur Bharat etc participated and given their
free services for the medical check-up. Dr.Sanjay
Srivastava, Trustee APPL and Coordinator of the project said that the riksha
pullers as a group of unprivileged section of the society draw no attention
from the concerned authorities, wherein they are engaged in carrying out
people throughout day and night
24x7x365,in extreme odds of summer, winter, and rainy seasons. APPL
offered to organize such medical-camps regularly in future for such
Collaborative Activity: Volunteers from IBM India Research Lab (IRL) and
practical education to poor kids of laborers. Just like everywhere in India, near the new IBM Research location in New Delhi, India, one can find numerous children not going to
school and living in filthy environment. Volunteers from IRL had started an
amazing grass-root endeavor to educate some of these children since early
2007. APPL joined hands and helped organize running the classes on regular
basis (about 50 children are enrolled and on any typical day 25-30 children
attend the class), take the children to picnic, organize a health camp for
these children in Aug 2007 and distribution of woolens in November 2007.
on the health clinic. Some photographs of health camp are below.
photographs of the woolen distribution are below.
 Collaborative Activity:
Educational & Professional Organizations and APPL
awareness about cleanliness and treatment of Encephalitis.
need to spread awareness about cleanliness which
is a key precaution for Encephalitis, APPL and the students from Institute of Technology and Management (ITM), Gorakhpur organized an awareness camp at village Badgahan, Dist. Gorakhpur on 7th October 2007. See report and photographs of the event here.
organized a workshop in July 2007 in collaboration with U.P. state-level
medical practioners of alternative medicine
(Ayurveda and Homopaethic) about the prevention
and cure of Japanese Encephalitis. See some news coverage of the event here.
all journeys start with the first step. And not doing anything is approving