RANCHI,INDIA, Oct 17, 2012: A group of persons with disabilities under the banner of Jharkhand Vikalang Sangh (JVS) took out a procession and burnt the effigy of Union law minister Salman Khurshid to protest against the alleged fraud by his family-managed Zakir Hussain Trust.
The protest march began from Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Morhabadi ground and ended at Albert Ekka Chowk here.
JVS president Narayan Kumar Mahato said the alleged fraud done by the Trust was just the tip of an iceberg. "There are large numbers of fake NGOs operating in the state. We also don't get what is promised by them. The monthly pension of Rs 400 which we get from the state government also gets delayed," said Mahato. Each disabled person in the state is entitled for a monthly pension of Rs 400.
Sanjay Sahu, a person in his mid 20s, claimed that he was recently taken to Jaipur by an NGO called Mukti Sansthan, which operates from Kantatoli area, with a promise to give him a tricycle. But he returned empty- handed. "I work in a roadside eatery to eke out a livelihood but when the person who approached me for a free tricycle and treatment at a hospital in Jaipur, I went with him. After going there, I realized that the man had taken me along with seven other people from different places was making false claims. Finally, after staying there for one week I took a train and returned to Ranchi," said Sahu.
He claimed that the others also returned to Ranchi without getting any benefit from the NGO or the hospital at Jaipur. "After returning to Ranchi when I went to look for the office of Mukti Sansthan at Kantatoli, people there said those who operated it have left the place long ago," said Sahu.
SB Srivastava, who runs a coaching class n the same building for the past couple of years, said very often people came to his office and inquire about Mukti Sansthan by seeing the board. "Every time I give them only one answer that no such organization functions from the place," said Srivastava.
JVS president said there were at least 100 NGOs like Mukti Sansthan which take advantage of innocence of unlettered people. "Every time they get an opportunity to cheat innocent people, they take maximum advantage," he added.
Source: The Times of India