The Ramakrishna Mission Hospital at Itanagar received the 15th Mahaveer Award for Excellence in the sphere of community and social service from the Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation, Chennai, and the Chhattisgarh government chose the Mission’s Narainpur centre for the Dr Bhanwar Singh Porte Memorial Award for Tribal Service for 2012.
A press release issued by Ramakrishna Mission earlier this month summarised the governing body’s report for 2012-13, detailing the social initiatives taken by the organisation during the year. The 104th annual general meeting of the Mission was held at its Belur Math headquarters on December 15.
During 2012-13, the Mission started new centres at Kothar in Orissa, Kathmandu in Nepal, and Mymensingh and Bagerhat in Bangladesh, the release said. Branch centres of the Math were opened at Comilla and Jessore. The release also listed a range of achievements in the fields of education, medicine and rural development.
The release said the Mission and Math undertook relief and rehabilitation programmes across India involving an expenditure of Rs 2.26 crore, benefiting 4.94 lakh people belonging to around 1 lakh families in 415 villages. Rs 11.55 crore were spent on scholarships to poor students and providing help to old, sick and destitute people.