With a view to extend some support to meritorious but financially constrained students, we have introduced Narmada Merit Scholarship this year. The overriding criterion for selection of beneficiary students is the extraordinary merit without any consideration to caste, religion, social status, region or other such criteria in practice. We shall be extending a financial help of Rs. 500 per month to selected boys and girls for a period of one year (can be extended to two years in exceptional cases). Selection of meritorious boys and girls for this scholarship is done through a screening of applications received by us. The number of scholarships shall depend on availability of funds with us and No. of suitable candidates.
Narmada Merit Scholarship is being run without any grant or subsidy from any donor agency. It is the valuable contribution of patrons and well-wishers that helps us support suitable boys and girls in furthering their dreams. You can also sponsor a scholarship in the memory of your near and dear ones and help a meritorious but financially constrained child to live and study with some comfort.
The natural history of Narmada Valley is very-very ancient and the political history quite fascinating. The geography of the tract is unparallel and the geology is mysterious. The society in Narmada valley, proud of its rich cultural heritage, has always been the torchbearer of great Indian traditions. Forests, water and land constitute the very foundation of socio-political stability and economic development of Narmada basin. There are innumerable studies on Narmada but much more remains to be explored.
Unprecedented population growth in past few decades has led to mounting pressures on natural resources of Narmada basin to unsustainable levels. Demand driven pull on consumption of Narmada waters for agriculture, urbanization and industrial growth is increasing day-by-day. No one really knows for how long the recently constructed series of dams can cope up with burgeoning demand for electricity, irrigation and drinking water. Such questions are going to be crucial in determining the fate of entire Central India by influencing law and order, political stability and economic growth of the region. Not only water related local conflicts are likely to increase, the inter-state relations of Madhya Pradesh with adjoining states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan may also suffer adversely due to increase in river water sharing disputes in times to come.
Striking a balance between depleting environment and a turbulent society can be possible only by clubbing together the time-tested Indian traditions with the latest technological options. This requires identification of real issues and in-depth probe to find out root cause and solution to the issues. There is hardly any scope for such applied research on local level. Regular field research on scientific, socio-political, economic and cultural issues is inevitable but often gets neglected. We therefore commit ourselves to support grassroots level research on important issues related to Narmada.
Association of Narmada and bamboo is quite well known. It is believed that the source of Narmada at Amarkantak was originally close to a dense bamboo clump. We therefore consider this association very pious and important for a Narmada devotee both from mythological angle a well as environment conservation angle.
Bamboo is a wonderful plant. It is called 'Poor man's timber' because of its low Large scale planting of bamboo, apart from economic growth in rural areas, can efficiently arrest the severity of soil erosion and reduce the rate of silt deposition in reservoirs. Considering the immense economic and ecological potential of this wonderful plant, we are promoting plantation of bamboos on private holdings and farm bunds. We assist interested people in procuring quality planting material and extend technical assistance needed for planting and management of grown up bamboo clumps. We have a panel of technical experts and experienced field workers ready to offer their services on demand
under a mutually agreeable arrangement.cost and high utility in rural areas. Apart from its multifarious use in economic and cultural activities, bamboo is an excellent soil binder. It grows very fast and can be grown easily as a commercial crop. It is a highly sought after raw material in paper and pulp making industry. Its need in construction business is also well known. Bamboo planting is not only economically beneficial; it has a great inherent ecological value as well. It can arrest soil loss in erosion prone areas and reduce silt load in streams, which is very harmful for reservoirs and dams. Large scale planting of bamboo, apart from economic growth in rural areas, can efficiently arrest the severity of soil erosion and reduce the rate of silt deposition in reservoirs. Considering the immense economic and ecological potential of this wonderful plant, we are promoting plantation of bamboos on private holdings and farm bunds. We assist interested people in procuring quality planting material and extend technical assistance needed for planting and management of grown up bamboo clumps. We have a panel of technical experts and experienced field workers ready to offer their services on demand under a mutually agreeable arrangement.
We consider organic farming a way of worshiping the holy Narmada. Extensive use of chemical fertilizers and lethal pesticides in riverbank farmlands leads to direct accumulation of residual chemicals in streams joining Narmada. This has a direct bearing on human health resulting into several diseases. Economic implications of water pollution in Narmada basin in terms of human health are not yet fully documented but learnings from other river basins indicate likelihood of heavy fall out on human health. We therefore promote voluntary organic farming by education, motivation and technical support in production, primary processing and marketing of produce.
We have a panel of experts ready to offer consultancies and on-farm technical assistance to willing farmers in adopting organic farming with assured better returns.
Flowers have a special place in religious customs and cultural events associated with Narmada. Floriculture, therefore, is a natural extension of our cultural concern for Narmada conservation. We promote commercial floriculture as an economic activity that involves adoption of latest technology and other inputs.
We have a group of qualified and highly experienced experts fieldworkers ready to offer consultancies and services and on-farm technical assistance to willing farmers in adopting high-tech floriculture with assured returns.
Narmada is perhaps the only river on earth, which is circumambulated in her entire length making an on-foot walk of 2624 km. This circumambulation is called Narmada Parikrama. The people undertaking this river pilgrimage parikrama are called 'Parikramawasi' or 'Parkammawasi' (for details see Narmada e-literature, NFF - 01). Currently we are running two components under this:
Narmada Parikrama, as already mentioned, is quite a tedious exercise. Uncertainty of route, dearth of published literature, and threats involved in the journey make the parikrama more difficult. Many people inclined to take up Narmada Parikrama often enquire us about route, existing facilities, timing, duration, prerequisites etc. We find a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in extending a helping hand to such people in their lifetime spiritual venture. We provide relevant information and available literature to potential Parikramawasis approaching us and help them contact suitable people for proper guidance.
One should not misunderstand us, we are not a tour operator-we do it as a service to Narmada devotees
Narmada Parikrama is a spiritually enriching but physically trying journey. A parikramawasi is expected to live ascetically and remain free from worldly possessions. In order to sustain this tradition, there is an age-old system of 'Sadavrata' or donating ration for parikramawasis. Sadavrata is done as a cultural practice in which households, religious shrines and social institutions on the banks of Narmada provide ration to needy pilgrims on Parikrama. The tradition of Sadavrata has continued over the years as an expression of concern and commitment of the society towards Parikrama, which is considered as a form of river worship. There are some segments of Parikrama in which procurement of ration becomes difficult due to remoteness from the markets and acute poverty. This age old practice is becoming difficult to sustain in certain parts with changing times. Something seriously needs to be done to bring back and strengthen the system of Sadavrata for the benefit of Parikramawasis. We, as a token of respect and good wishes to Parikramawasis have attempted to support and rejuvenate Sadavrata with the help of willing people and institutions. The identification of appropriate sites is done on the basis of feedback received from Parikramawasis and other concerned people.
We have plans to support Sadavrata at additional places as we gain experience and encouragement.
"You can help us in extending Sadavrata to other identified places. Even a very small contribution from you can be great help in strengthening a noble cause. We are committed to see that every paisa of your contribution really reaches the needy persons."
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