General Meeting 2002
Report for the Year 2001-2002
It is my pleasure and an honor to be able
to put before you a report highlighting the functioning of KPA Mumbai for
the fourth successive year.
KPA Mumbai, in its very humble way, has
strived to provide leadership to the Biradari so as to ensure that the
future generation of our community, who have for reason beyond their control,
got scattered globally, do not loose their roots. We have always thought
this leadership to be like an iceberg where the media, the analysts and
members of the Biradari see the one-tenth of it that stands above the water
line and those to whom this portion looked shapely and interesting have
been kind enough to shower their appreciation. But working in a socio-cultural
association like ours, is like working at the base of the iceberg where
it is cold, darken, uncomfortable and therefore unnoticed by observers
who might feel nothing is happening. I am convinced that leaders should
see their role as a part of large process and not be a process itself.
They get to run with a baton for a few laps of a relay race.
I am thankful to all the members of the
Biradari who have allowed me to run my laps and now it is time for me to
handover the baton.
KPA Mumbai has been active during the year
under report, as always, and has worked towards achievement of the goals
for which the trust was set up.
Scholarship: KPA is proud to inform
you that we have been appointed as the administrative agency for distribution
of scholarship among the best performing students in the migrant school
at Nagrota and Muthi Camp in Jammu by Sheela Dhar Trust, Mumbai. The scheme
has been made functional from this academic year. The same Trust had also
appointed us to identify some urgent need of the Muthi camp school, Jammu.
It is a pleasure to inform you that Sheela Dhar Trust in consultation with
KPA provided a water cooler to the camp school, thereby making lives of
these young children studying in the school, more comfortable.
Medical Aid: We give out relief
to the needy patients in two forms. The tangible being the cash assistance
whenever somebody asks for it. As you would see from the balance sheet
we have spent Rs. 7000/- on this account. The intangible being, providing
accommodation in Kashyap Bhavan to the needy ones who come to Mumbai for
treatment from various parts of the country. This year, we had patients
staying with us along with their family members for a duration of more
than 100 days in total. You would also be noticing from the balance sheet
that we have been able to increase the medical funds to Rs. 3,50,000/-
during the current year. This all has been possible because of the donation
and contribution received from many of you.
It is our dream that in the coming years
we have enough money in this fund so that we are in a position to help
every needy member of our Biradari who ask for it. We request for generous
donation to this fund.
Cultural Activities: The annual
get together on 17th February 2002 where we all sat together to pray to
the Almighty for the welfare of our community was very well attended. The
most encouraging aspect was the participation of young generation in large
numbers. This is a proof that KPA is doing work in the right direction
passing our rich socio-cultural heritage to the generation next. We are
thankful to all those who donated to KPA that day.
Mohanlal Aima Musical Awards had better
participation this year. We are thankful to Shri Onkar Aima and his family
for having donated the prize money for this award. This event will always
be considered as a very important event in the cultural activity at KPA.
Annual Cultural Programme: 16th
March 2002 and all roads led to Rangsharda Bandra, where we had Mr. Rajendra
Kachroo, who came from Delhi to present us with a musically rich cultural
evening. The continuous demand from all the youngsters during the show
for the Kashmiri song bears a testimony to succees in our efforts of keeping
the language alive through such programmes. We also met on the occasion
of Navreh, in Kashyap Bhavan.
Thanks to contribution, both monetary and
literary. Milchar, has been published regularly during the year.
Now it is available on net at www.milchar.com
Zaan: This project conceived and
implemented jointly with Lalded Educational and Welfare Trust needs support
and co-operation by way of participation from all of you. KPA organized
the event on 19 August 2002 and the prize winners were not only featured
prominently in the Milchar but awarded on the stage of Rangsharda on 16
March 2002 in the presences of all the Biradari members. This programme
which is basically designed by Lalla-Ded Educational & Welfare Trust
with the aim to impart information about history, geography, culture and
language of Kashmir will not be successful unless the elders and parents
take interest. I would sincerely appeal to all of you to lend your help
so that generations to come do not find themselves as rudderless boats.
We are thankful to Shri Sunil Fotedar of
Texas, US for having created a site on the net which he maintains and updates
with the inputs from Mr. M. K. Raina, Co-Editor Milchar. Logon to Website
Kashyap Bhawan: Kashyap Bhavan has
become a revenue earner in our trust. We have received Rs. 111001/- as
donation by those who use Kashyap Bhavan Hall for various functions. You
would notice that there is a decrease in revenue as compared to last year.
The reason for it is that we had to close the hall for a period of about
two and a half months to carry out renovation and repairs. We spent about
Rs. 1.8 lakhs for that. The hall now needs a permanent sound system, which
can be a value added facility for the use of the hall.
Finance: The Balance Sheet comes
to your hand along with this report reflecting the sound financial position
of the Trust. Our deposits have gone up to
Rs. 13,22,431/- We have achieved this
due to efforts of various Biradari members who donate by themselves and
also collect donation from friends and well-wishers at the time of release
of Annual Souvenir. The expenditure of printing has gone up as compared
to last year basically because of two reasons, one because of the size
of the Souvenir increased due to better response from donors and this year
we decided that each Biradari member should get a copy of the Souvenir,
so more printing was done.
Life Membership: We welcome the
addition of 59 life members to KPA during the year and I request you all
to approve their membership which has been already accepted by the Board.
This year again the elections are due for
the Board of Trustees and I am sure the new team will carry the good work
done so far. I wish that the incoming General Secretary receives the same
co-operation as I received during my tenure from all of you.
Outgoing General Secretary