From 2010 onwards, it is Fr. Sathish
Fernandes who took reigns of Vimukti at Pothnal and extended its
patronage to the taluka, district, and State level by recognizing the
needs of the people and the demand of service from Vimukti. In
recognition of his work, he has received some honorary titles and become
the member of Child Welfare Committee of the District of Raichur.
Briefly, the significant achievements of Vimukti from the year 2010
until 2020 have been the following:
Analyzing the cause for the lack of education in the rural areas,
Vimukti made provision for many a programme to protect the rights of
children, increase their learning opportunities through supplementary
training, establish children’s Rights Club and to focus on such problems
as infrastructure, environmental concerns, health awareness, child
labour, child marriage, livelihood etc. thought of developing social
leadership through children's parliament.
Children have indeed become great socialists with the help of good many
of these programmes and they have been also able to develop their native
talents and skills though cultural events, sport-activities,
community-camps, etc. The children’s parliament deserves a special
mention in as much as it has moved up from the district level to the
State level and even enabled the participants to hold dialogue among
themselves in the presence of the chief minister of the State.
Thanks to Vimukti unstinting efforts, young people are today able to opt
for professional skills and self-employment at the rural level itself,
thus reducing the level of unemployment in the State. They are also
capable of focussing on improving their life and seek equality, honour
and dignity as good citizens in line with the Constitution of India.
Vimukti has tried to ensure good health not only to children, but also
to women in general, and especially to pregnant and lactating mothers.
In addition to healthcare, providing clean drinking water, nutritional
supplements, vaccination, maternity care etc., to the public has been a
priority to Vimukti. To the disadvantaged people in particular, it has
tried to provide certain services even at their doorstep like assistance
to fight malnutrition, anaemia and epidemics.
Social services are essential for the general public and it happens that
people who have to pay for the facility pay more to the mediators than
others and at times still fail to get their due. Fraud and corruption
has become a burden to the public. For this reason, Vimukti has been
reaching out to people to receive their dues like daily wages, birth,
death and conduct certificates, monthly salary, identity cards,
especially by senior citizens, bus passes, ration, Aadhar and health
cards, help to open bank accounts, get houses for the poor from the
corporation and construct toilets, receive gas cylinders, Bhagya lakshmi
and Madilu Yojane, timber and agricultural equipment etc. All this is
more difficult to obtain especially in rural areas.
Health awareness programmes regarding HIV AIDS and infectious diseases,
smoking, tobacco and alcohol consumption, and health camps and
inspections for various schemes like counselling, vaccine programmes,
nutrition and health care programmes etc. have been regularly organized
by Vimukti. It has sought to implement also other schemes like social
nutrition system, abolition of child-marriage, child labour, women and
child trafficking etc., appreciation of environmental concerns, water
management, clean water usage, cleanliness, toilet use, child rights
protection, and the National Food Security Act. Posco Act, RTE / RTI
Act, SCP/TSP Scheme, Legal Aid Assistance Programs and free help-lines
Specifically speaking, the service has been extended to children,
unorganized youths, women and adults, people who are differently-abled
etc. Here then is a short beautiful article written by Mr. Raviraj Sagar
writer creative Poet and thinker, Teacher, Govt. higher Primary School
Malkapura, recently he published this article in Raichur Vahini and Jana
Vani Magzine. Vimukti organization is very grateful to him for his
concern, support and timely interventions. May our working together
enhance our goal of ‘reaching the unreached’ and make them visible in
the mainstream of society.