Janasakthi is a Mayyanad based voluntary organization helping India by Setting up standards & benchmarks for leadership, Rebuilding effective governance, To bring in policy discussions to the public at large, To influence political parties in the right choice of candidates, Methods to counter corruption at the grass root level with in the local governmental bodies, To raise awareness in the society, To bring Youths to the mainstream politics and work towards nation building. An NGO which has been created to unite respectable citizens to act as an independent organization which stipulate standards and guidelines for regulatory purpose in promoting something called “good politics”. Our approach is’ KIP’- Knowledge, Interest & Practice and our strategy is ‘IEC’ Information, Education & Communication for realizing the objectives of our Mission. We adopt RTI as our main instrument towards success.
Campaign Mayyanad we are trying to unite the public regardless of cast, religion, political differences etc and make them aware of their rights and assist in making the younger generations in being responsible citizens. Working towards liberating and distributing power equally back to the common man using the most effective medium in a very peaceful manner and to empower the elected representatives in discharging their duties. Conducting an in-depth study in all areas of which affect Mayyanad citizens and assist the Panchayat in delivering solutions to the same. Organizing workshops and training programs through professional bodies on waste management, Sanitation, women empowerment and so on. Using RTI (Right to Information Act) as the tool in obtaining all the valuable data from various governmental bodies and to educate local people all about Citizen’s Charter.
Launched an Ambulance Service for the Mayyanad Community. For Emergency Call +91 77 36 33 44 44
Janasakthi in association with HELP Foundation, Elder’s Forum and Ashtamudi Hospital proudly introduce a dedicated Ambulance service along with a series of Medical assistance for people of Mayyanad. It is envisaged as an on call Ambulance service for emergencies/casualties at Golden Hour. A member’s family will get the assistance of a fleet of Ambulance service for emergency or for a careful Hospital Pick up, a team of trained Paramedical staff for Home Medical Service and a Family Doctor for taking care of the family Health.
Ambulance Service/Emergency Medical Service (EMS):This is an ambulance service on emergency/disease at door step to pick up the enrolled patient to the Hospital. This is operated (by a chauffeur trained in paramedical services and) with the help of a call center and the ambulances may be located at strategic points for easy access. Emergency equipments may be available in the ambulance and the nursing staff may either accompany or come directly to the patient’s residence for emergency care/first aid.
Home Medical Service (HMS): is a service offered to our members who need medical/nursing assistance at home after discharge from Hospital or for any ailments which does not require Doctor’s consultation. It is not the doctor, but the authorized nursing staff will visit the patient at home for specified medical/nursing assistance. The Nursing staff may seek advice from the Family Doctor if situations demand. Paramedical team will visit home as soon as the registration for general observation and opening files for the family.
Family Medicine/ Doctor: This is an exclusive service offered to the members. This scheme offers a family health care monitoring service to member families and records will be maintained by the Family Medicine Department and the Database management Department. The paramedical staff directly report to the Family Medicine Department.
Call Center: This is the nerve center of all the above services and will be the point of contact. No consultancy service over phone will be given but general guidance may be given on emergencies like cardiac problems, accidents, burns etc.
Corruption is Cancer
Former president Dr A.P.J.Abdul Kalam has said that corruption is a cancer engulfing India’s political-bureaucratic-judicial system, and requires urgent treatment. He said stamping out corruption is one of the biggest challenges that India faces, as the country is poised to be a developed nation. Asked if India is poised to be a superpower, Dr. Kalam addred “We are not aiming to be a superpower, but by 2020 India has to be transformed to an economically developed country by eradicating poverty that affects over 300 million people.” “Water management is one of the main challenges. We have water bodies, but sometimes there are floods and at other times drought. Connecting them and forming a network of rivers is a possible solution,” he said. “Secondly, India has 600,000 villages and hence bridging the rural-urban divide is vital. Projects such as PURA (provide urban amenities in rural areas) could give physical, electronic and knowledge connectivity to lead them to prosperity. “Thirdly, establishing a corruption-free India is a major challenge. I propose a youth brigade as the solution,” Dr. Kalam added.Expressing his views on allegations of corruption against people in judiciary, he said: “Among people from every cross section of the society whom I have met, there is a sense of anguish, despair and concern over the deteriorating democratic values and value system which is increasing day after day.” “If the situation is allowed to continue then we cannot prevent the people taking to the streets and there will be a catastrophic ripple effect, which the nation cannot bear at this moment when India is poised to become a developed nation,” he said. “A cancer-like situation is engulfing the political-bureaucratic-judicial system, which is harmful for growth. Certainly the country needs chemotherapy at this critical hour. Source: Gulf News
Stay obtained against the destruction of
Karikkuzhi Ela from the Hon High Court of
Karikkuzhi Ela is one of the largest paddy field in Mayyanad and Wetlands in their natural state bring substantial benefits to the society. The Ela plays a major role in maintaining the ecological balance of the locality. A significant section of Mayyanad Panchayat starting from Ammachanmukku, Kootikkada, Thannimukku, Mayyanad, parts of Eravipuram get their well water recharged from the Karikkuzhi Yela Paddy Field. The conversion of wetlands and molesting its wetland characteristics by illegal construction and polluting the ground water, involves not only irreversibility in the environmental or ecological processes but also uncertainty.
A few local politicians (Panchayat level) whose primary intention is conversion of the land, and respective ward members are all people engaged in real estate or are part of the so called real estate mafia started constructing a road through the paddy field which could divide the entire paddy field into two. That too without consulting the owners of the respective fields in the Ela. Its an irony the authorities belonging to so called political parties keep mum and this begs the question, whose interests the parties represent, and more importantly the officials too are split along party lines and they play their part for their share of the bounty.
A group of middle aged men including a handful of farmers approached Janasakthi under the banner of Karikkuzhi Ela Samrakshana Samithi (with Sasidharan C as the President ) to see if we could assist them in stopping the construction work of the road dividing the Ela into two. Mind you this conversion work was given as a quotation and it was being built by raising the land by one and half feet at a width of the four and half feet and with bunds on either side. In spite of numerous representations to the Village, Panchayat and other authorities etc there was not even a small whimper, and the work was going in full swing. Apparently the local administration (a bunch of ruling party members) bulldozed its way pushing aside all democratic process to side along with the real estate mafia. Now here too other members with different political affiliations became silent as it’s now a case of sharing the spoils and nothing else. You need a party to get elected, once that is achieved the question that gets addressed is how much can I make in my term and by what means. What is important to note that similar strategy is being planned for Umayanallor Ela too, to get the paddy fields converted into housing complexes as it falls under suburban Kollam.
Based on Janasakthi’s intervention and assistance a case was filled with the High Court Ernakulum by Karikkuzhi Yela Samrakshana Samithi to stop illegal attempts of conversion. It’s important to note that there should be clear guidelines to the elected members as to how they perform and what are their limits, if not they should be debarred from office for good. As well if it’s a question of the authorities who are supposed to enforce the rules and acts passed by the legislature, when they themselves indulge in such mindless corruption for a few illegal bucks. where should the people approach for rederesal of grievances. Getting to the court is always the last option.
Honorable High Court intervened to issue a stay on all such illegal activities of Karikkuzhi Yela so that the damage is limited owing to the intervention of the Samithi and the assistance of Janasakthi. Guess this is a wakeup call for Mayyanadians at large as Panayil Ela is mostly gone only a few tracts left, Karikkuzhi Ela they are trying to nail the last nails into the coffin, Umayanallor Ela is being chipped at from all sides by an influential ward member of Mayyanad Panchayat who is one of the king pins of the real estate mafia. The questions to Mayyanadians is where will your drinking water will come from, as already Mayyanad is facing acute water shortage in summer months. It’s a classic case of water everywhere and not a drop to drink. Its time Mayyanadians woke up from their slumber, think about their rich heritage of being an agricultural village once upon a time and it’s bruised state now. The very edifice of Mayyanad is breached. People have to stand up to their legacy and responsibilities.
Anti-socials of our soil
Waste management is the handling of discarded materials. Recycling and composting, which transform waste into useful products, are forms of waste management. The management of waste also includes disposal, such as landfilling. Waste can be almost anything, including food, leaves, newspapers, bottles, construction debris, chemicals from a factory, candy wrappers, disposable diapers, old cars, or radioactive materials. People have always produced waste, but as industry and technology have evolved and the human population has grown, waste management has become increasingly complex. A primary objective of waste management today is to protect the public and the environment from potentially harmful effects of waste. Some waste materials are normally safe, but can become hazardous if not managed properly. For example, 1 gal (3.75 l) of used motor oil can potentially contaminate one million gal (3,790,000 l) of drinking water.
Every individual, business, or organization must make decisions and take some responsibility regarding the management of his or her waste. On a larger scale, government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels enact and enforce regulations governing waste management. These agencies also educate the public about proper waste management. In addition, local government agencies may provide disposal or recycling services, or they may hire or authorize private companies to perform those functions. Throughout history, there have been four basic methods of managing waste: dumping it, burning it, finding another use for it (reuse and recycling), and not creating the waste in the first place (waste prevention). How those four methods are utilized depends on the wastes being managed. Municipal solid waste is different from industrial, agricultural, or mining waste. Hazardous waste is a category that should be handled separately, although it sometimes is generated with the other types.
The first humans did not worry much about waste management. They simply left their garbage where it dropped. However, as permanent communities developed, people began to dispose of their waste in designated dumping areas. The use of such “open dumps” for garbage is still common in many parts of the world. Open dumps have major disadvantages, however, especially in heavily populated areas. Toxic chemicals can filter down through a dump and contaminategroundwater. The liquid that filters through a dump or landfill is called leachate. Dumps may also generate methane, a flammable and explosive gas produced when organic wastes decompose under anaerobic (oxygen-poor) conditions. The landfill, also known as the “sanitary landfill,” was invented in England in the 1920s. At a landfill, the garbage is compacted and covered at the end of every day with several inches of soil. Landfilling became common in the United States in the 1940s. By the late 1950s, it was the dominant method for disposing municipal solid waste in the nation. Early landfills had significant problems with leachate and methane, but those have largely been resolved at facilities built since about the early 1970s. Well-engineered landfills are lined with several feet of clay and with thick plastic sheets. Leachate is collected at the bottom, drained through pipes, and processed. Methane gas is also safely piped out of many landfills.The dumping of waste does not just take place on land. Ocean dumping, in which barges carry garbage out to sea, was once used as a disposal method by some United States coastal cities and is still practiced by some nations. Sewage sludge, or waste material from sewage treatment, was dumped at sea in huge quantities by New York City as recently as 1992, but this is now prohibited in the United States. Also called biosolids, sewage sludge is not generally considered solid waste, but it is sometimes composted with organic municipal solid waste.
Burning has a long history in municipal solid waste management. Some American cities began to burn their garbage in the late nineteenth century in devices called cremators. These were not very efficient, however, and cities went back to dumping and other methods. In the 1930s and 1940s, many cities built new types of more-efficient garbage burners known as incinerators. The early incinerators were rather dirty in terms of their emissions of air pollutants, and beginning in the 1950s they were gradually shut down.
However, in the 1970s, waste burning enjoyed another revival. These newer incinerators, many of which are still in operation, are called “resource recovery” or “waste-to-energy” plants. In addition to burning garbage, they produce heat or electricity that can be used in nearby buildings or residences, or sold to a utility. Many local governments became interested in waste-to-energy plants following the energy crisis in 1973. However, since the mid-1980s, it became difficult to find locations to build these facilities, mainly because of public opposition focused on air-quality issues. Another problem with incineration is that it generates ash, which must be landfilled. Incinerators usually reduce the volume of garbage by 70–90%. The remainder of the incinerated waste comes out as ash that often contains high concentrations of toxic substances.
Municipal solid waste will likely always be landfilled or burned to some extent. In the past 25 years, however, non-disposal methods such as waste prevention and recycling have become more common. Because of public concerns and the high costs of landfilling and burning (especially to build new facilities), local governments want to reduce the amount of waste that must be disposed in these ways.