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SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

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Programmes of the Government for Social Security benefits, should guarantee arranging of adequate resources for food and shelter and promotion of health, welfare & well-being as per the resources of the State and the organizations, for every eligible member of the society especially for children, elderly, sick, handicapped, unemployed, retired but not having pension benefits and poor etc. They should continue to get some minimum amount of funds to carry on their lives and develop themselves with dignity, as a welfare scheme. Many of the persons/employees/workers, especially at the lower rung, suffer, due to unemployment or inadequate flow of funds, after retirement, whereas their expenditure is increasing due to illnesses, family commitments, inflation etc. Social Security benefits should be considered as a sort of Social insurance, so that all such persons/employees/workers and their families, do not suffer.
From time to time this subject has been discussed and the requirements pointed out through the representatives of Trade unions organizations, Employer’s organizations, Industry Associations, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Labour Law Consultants and other officials and organizations. The requirement is for its universal application especially for all eligible persons/employees/workers etc., with no exemptions of any type, to avoid any types of abuse of the exemptions. The provisions should continue to improve their lives. Also no contribution should be taken from any of such persons/employees/workers (whether from organized or un-organized sector) and there should be no exploitation and also no corruption of any type. There should be frequent inspections, to protect such persons/employees/workers etc. from exploitation by employers, agencies and others. The various Social Security provisions, definitions, titles of the dealing offices and the officers and other relevant matters should be easy to understand by normal persons and fully clear, with no confusion. All the schemes must be run through the State only, which should make effective provisions for securing the right to work, to education and to public assistance in cases of unemployment, old age, sickness & disablement etc., so that eligible persons are not deprived of any benefits. However, it must be carefully examined, as to how, and for which specific category of persons, this type of schemes can be implemented, considering the financial resources which can be made available for this purpose.

——–vijaiksharma

SOCIAL SERVICE AT PUSHKAR

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During my good old college days when I was a member of the Social Service League, we used to participate and contribute in Social service activities, under its banner. One of the activities was social service at the annual fair being held at Pushkar, near Ajmer city. This is a small religious town having a holy lake, famous for cattle fair, rose plantations, only Brahma temple in the world and now a tourist’s centre. This town is mainly built around the holy lake. It has several bathing Ghats (places). The main Ghat is named as “Gau Ghat”. This fair is normally held in winter months for several days. Devotees come from far off places. They start reaching the Ghats from early morning hours say 0400 AM onwards for performing Puja (worship) and taking a dip in the holy lake. A team of volunteers including myself reached Pushkar one day before and we were allocated duties individually. Dressed in white cotton shirt and pent, (even in the severe cold conditions existing in the early morning hours of that winter period) I took charge for controlling the traffic of the devotees at the main Gau Ghat. Using demarcating ropes we kept one side for those going to the Ghat and the other for those returning from the Ghat after completion of the formalities. We had to handle and manage the big rush of persons continuously and thus keep the flow smooth.  Faithfully I had taken charge at 0400 AM and continued for some hours without break and then I was substituted by another volunteer for some time, so that I could have a break, and return again for this assignment.  Thus our group continued to assist the local administration for this period. It gave me opportunity of volunteering for a social work, learning team work, punctuality, patience and responsibility, even at the cost of personal inconvenience. It was a unique experience. Thereafter I have visited Pushkar several times but the pleasant memories of my first visit continue to linger on in my mind even now. Pushkar has in the meantime developed a lot, as a special tourist centre, with many hotels and programmes being organized for the tourists. It is like an oasis amidst desert. Earlier Pushkar was connected only by road for bus and taxi services, but now it is connected by rail as well.