Saturday, October 13, 2007

A New Health Project

SWI will begin a new Health Project targeting the immunization of all children under the age of five in 78 Panchayats (counties) covering approximately 250,000 children and pregnant women. The project will involve a vast army of about 250 Staff and volunteers and an year to achieve the goals. Watch out this space for more details. The first training for the Staff is scheduled for 15 - 17 Oct, 2007. The project will be done in full collaboration with the District Administration and the Health Department of the districts of North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Malda.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

SWI goes Wi-Fi

Another crowning moment was added to the Social Welfare Institute! We have gone wi-fi. We have connected to the services provided by the BSNL, the national telecom service provider through their "dataone" broadband service, and on our own we have converted it into wire free! So, the next time you carry a laptop into SWI, wait for a pleasant surprise... you will remain connected to the world, without any of the other accessories that you may have, or you may not have. We thank the BSNL officials at Raiganj, specially Mr. J.K. Saha and his team for taking extra trouble to get this done. Enjoy the wi-fi spot, the first among all the partners in West Bengal!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Local Government Reduces Taxes of SWI

The Raiganj Municipality has reduced the Municipality Tax to be paid by Social Welfare Institute each year by fifty percent. As a mark of good relations with the Municipality and in appreciation of the works done by SWI, the Raiganj Municipality within which SWI offices are located have been asked to pay just Rupees 4,500 only, with a possibility of further 10% rebate if the money is paid in advance. This is a big relief, as the new taxes imposed on others has gone up by 3 to 7 times in parts of Raiganj. In actual terms, the present tax would mean just a raise of fifty rupees only under the new revision, which has taken place after five years, and the new tax will be applicable for the next five years.

At a meeting held on 5, Oct 2007 it was agreed between the Municipality officials and Puthumai A. Nazarene, the Director of SWI, that the new taxes will be applicable from the next quarter. SWI thanks Mr. Mohit Sengupta, the Chairman of Raiganj Municipality and all the Municipality officials for their assistance and support in this regard.