Efforts Group & Axis Bank Hold MCD Tax Camp


Property Tax Camp held at St. Mary’s school Safdarjung Enclave.

S L Watwani
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PRESS RELEASE

Prof. Kiran Walia, Health & Family Welfare Minister Delhi Govt inaugurated a Property Tax Collection Camp on 13th Jun 2009 at St. Mary’s School, Safdarjung Enclave.  Wing Cdr Mathew, Retd. & Chairman of St. Mary’s School Safdarjung Enclave welcomed Prof. Kiran Walia by presenting her a bouquet. Shri Pankaj Agarwal thanked Wg Cdr Mathew for his help & support in organiging social activities for the residents at the school.

About 465 property owners from Safdarjung Enclave and its adjoining areas visited this camp & deposited tax amounting to about Rs 15.90 Lakhs. Tax was collected by MCD and Axis Bank officials by issuing manual & electronic receipt respectively. Tax paying by electronic media proved advantageous for many since calculations were automatic & they got excess payments made already adjusted in this year’s tax amount. Many residents also visited camp for guidance & clarifications. Volunteers from Efforts Group helped residents in guiding & filing their return forms & for their tax related queries. Tax payments only by cheques were accepted at the camp.

Sr Citizen Tax Payers were very happy & expressed satisfaction for organising such a camp which has immensely helped them in submitting tax with out hassles near their houses.


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Unsung heroes and heroines


Old is useful

Swati Shinde | TNN

Pune: Most of us don’t think twice before discarding those age-old odds and ends. But not Jyoti Sachade. For two years now, the former college teacher has been collecting and passing on old articles — both her own and those donated by others — to the needy.

Today, her efforts have grown into a trust called Mamata Charitable Foundation, which came into existence three weeks ago. Sachade receives items ranging from clothes, electrical appliances and vessels to books, shampoo bottles and mattresses. Or, as Sachade puts it: “Anything under the sun.”

“These days, people get bored of things and throw them away even if they can be further used,” she observes. “They don’t realise that they can be of much use to the needy.”

With this thought in mind, Sachade began giving her old items to those in need. Soon, her neighbours and friends began donating their old things to her. “Right now, I have 24 dozen notebooks piled up in front of me. All these have been donated. With the new academic year set to begin in a few days, there’s a lot of demand for them,” she adds.

Many orphanages and old age homes visit Sachade’s home and pick things. Her flat in Kothrud is crammed with donated items, some of which have been sent from abroad.

“Last year, I was sent stationery from Kenya and Germany. Besides, there have been people coming in with donations from Gujarat, Mumbai, Delhi, Nagpur, Talegaon and from around the city,” she adds.
Sachade once even received a two-wheeler while television sets and refrigerators sent from various corners of the country have also filled her house in the past.

The institutions which need these things enter their requirements in a register kept by Sachade. When the requirement is available, it is despatched to the institution.

However, cash donations are a complete nono. “Giving cash is a great attraction for people. However, I do not wish to take it for several reasons. Also, doubts may be raised on how the money is being spent. So, I insist that people only give items.”

THE ART OF GIVING: Jyoti Sachade

For a CAUSE

Biju Babu Cyriac | TNN

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Bangalore: For the thousands who will assemble at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Sunday, road running is the latest way to bond with others. But for a select few like Sharad Bhagwatkar, it is all about overcoming one’s disabilities through self-belief and working for a social cause.

Fighting his way back from a devastating road accident which almost cost him his right leg, Bhagwatkar defied medical science winning medals from the pool and then hitting the roads and successfully competing in marathons in India and abroad.

“I was bedridden for four years after suffering multiple fractures in 1992. Doctors told me that I would never walk again. They were about to amputate my right leg, but I came back,” said Bhagwatkar, who retired from government service in Maharashtra.

By 1999, Bhagwatkar could move around a bit and soon he limped back to normalcy. In 2004, he competed in his first road race in Bangalore and finished the distance of 21 km in 2 hours and 40 minutes. On Sunday, Bhagwatkar will be competing in the senior citizen’s race.

“Then, I got this idea of raising money for charity and so far I was able to raise around Rs 20 lakh,” Bhagwatkar told STOI.

Bhagwatkar’s passion for running saw him enter in the Mumbai marathon in 2006 and then again in Bangalore. He also got a taste of international races when he competed in the Chicago marathon in 2007 and 2008.

The sexagenarian wants everyone to take up running so that we can all enjoy the benefits of good health. “People can run anytime and anywhere. Just that one needs to find some time,” he said.
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