‘Fast’ aid on bikes
In a joint venture between Pune Regional Transport Office and various biker groups in the city, around 25 bikes had turned into mobile ambulances. They were even provided with sirens and a complete first aid kit in case of an emergency.
“I belong to the Roadshakers biker group which consist of Royal Enfield Bullet owners. We were roped in by the RTO in the awareness program about road safety called Street Sense. There are other groups involved too,” said Girish Jalan, who is also an interior designer.
“There are about 25-30 people from various biker clubs spread across the routes from where the warkaris will pass. We have final year medical students accompanying us who help people in need,” said Abhishek Pandey, also an IT professional.
“There were many people who were feeling pain in their knees, many who had fever. So the doctors gave them medicines,” said Jalan. “In some cases, warkaris were feeling dizzy, so we took them to the nearest ambulance, where they were treated,” said Jalan.
Farmer suicides and those left behind
The message read clear; Please don’t repeat the mistake committed by our fathers.
The placard was held by two students studying in Adhartirth Adharaashram, in Trimbakeshwar, Nashik, which was opened for children of farmers who have committed suicide due to debt in Vidharba region or due to the recent hailstorm which destroyed their crops. Adhartirth Adharaashram is an NGO, which is engaged in providing children who are orphans with adequate meals, education, yoga and health training, training in religious literature and Veda, says their website.
“I have been in this school since the past three years. We want to spread the message against suicides,” said 13-year-old Lalita Pawar who belongs to Dhule. Savita, who is also 13 and belongs to Nanded, said, “My siblings are also studying in the same school. My mother lives alone in the village and works at our farm.”
This is the fourth year that the students from this school have taken out a dindi. “There are 25 girls and the same number of boys in the dindi. But at the school, there are around 300 boys and girls from the age group of 3 to 17,” said Tryambakrao Gaikwad, who runs the NGO. “The main reason for us taking out a dindi is that majority of the warkaris are farmers and it is they who commit suicide. The youngest child participating in the dindi is only 4 years old and his father committed suicide in Beed district this year. We want to show the people that by committing suicide, they escape, but the life of their little children becomes horrible. Hence we are appealing to the farmers never to commit suicide,” …continued »