Genesis

Everyone may not be aware of the fact that against the total number of 5,30,340 persons with various physical and / or mental disabilities in Assam as per 2001 census, the number of such persons has reportedly increased to around nine lakhs as per the latest (2011) census, though the exact number with breakup of various types of disabilities, have not yet been made public by the census department. The parents and Guardians of a large percentage of such persons are also not financially strong to ensure their proper care and upkeep . In addition to such unfortunate people, there are also a large number of persons who are suffering from complicated diseases and are continuing to suffer as their financial condition does not permit them to take advantage of costly specialised treatment , Unfortunately Government measures to banish / mitigate the suffering of both these categories of people are far from adequate.

Being highly pained by the plight of such unfortunate people, some kind hearted people of Guwahati met under the Chairmanship of Shri Homen Borgohain, the eminent writer and Journalist, in his office chamber on 12-02-2011, to devise ways and means to provide succour to such people as possible as a supplement to Government measures. On the basis of the discussions in this meeting , a Trust was created in a subsequent meeting on 24-03-2011 and was registered on 28-03-2011, registered no being 1066 dtd. 28-03-2011.

Distinguished persons manning the trust -

Name Address Port-folio
1) Sri Homen Borgohain
 Eminent writer & Journalist
 and Chief Editor, Amar Asom.
Ph.No-7086071111
Assam State Housing Board
Complex. Hengrabari.
P.O.-Dispur Guwahati
Chief Adviser
2) Sri Nishinath Changkakoti
IPS (Rtd.)
Former Director General of Police
Assam, Ph.No:94351-94714
House No-11, Ankurpath
P.O. - Beltola, Guwahati - 28
Assam
Chief Adviser
3) Sri Pratul Phukan, IPS (Retd.)
Former DIG of Police
Assam,
Ph.No. 99540-49671

House No 8, Namghar Path, Six Mile

P.O. Khanapara, Guwahati - 785021

President
4) Sri Bhabendra Nath Saikia
Retd. Chief Manager,
State Bank of India
M. No. 98640-49692
10, Prasanti Path. Survey
Guwahati -28
Working President
5) Sjta Nilima Goswami
Eminent writer and Teacher
Ph. No. 94351-12373
Hemlata Heritage (A)
Flat - 2A, Uzanbazar, Guwahati-1
Vice President
6) Dr. Nareswar Sarma
Eminent Doctor and Writer
Ph.No.94351-37411
House No 8
Brindaban Path. Rupnagar
Guwahati -32
Gen. Secretary
(Fiscal Aid)
7) Sri Ajit Kumar Khatoniar
Retired General Manager
Oil India Ltd.
M.No- 80110-04858
Radhakunj Apartment
Lakhi Nagar, Near P.N. Bank, Zoo Road,
Guwahati 781005 (Assam)
Gen. Secretary
(Administration)
8) Sri Dilip Kr. Biswas
Advocate Guwahati, High Court
Retired Member of Indian
Revenue service
M.No- 98640-14704
Borthakur Mill Road,
House No-63
Ulubari, Guwahati -7
Treasurer cum
Accounts Officer
9) Shri Atul Chandra Sarma
Advocate, Guwahati High Court
M. No. 98645-07528
Durgasarobar,
P.O. - Bharalumukh,
Guwahati - 1
lncharge
legal matters
10) Shri Jyotirmoy Purkayastha
Retd. Assistant Commissioner
of Income Tax
M.No- 94350-18240
Barsapara, Bye lane No.5
Guwahati -781018
Internal Auditor
11) Dr. Anjanjyoti Choudhury
Eminent Doctor and writer
M.No. 98640-46416
B.N. Das Lane, House No 12-A
Ambari, Guwahati -781001
Trustee
12) Dr. Jibeswar Chakravarty
Eminent Doctor and Social worker
M. No : 98641-38579
Shreemantapur, 2nd Bye lane
Guwahati
Trustee
13) Shri Gunendra Nath Goswami
Retired, General Manager
Oil India Ltd.
M.No.- 98640-22659
S.K. Baruah Road
1 St Bye Lane (Left)
Rukmininagar, Guwahati -6
Trustee
14) Sri Dinesh Ch. Barman IAS (Retd.)
Former Commissioner of Education
etc., Govt. of Assam,
Ph.No. 94355-56213
33 Namghar Path, Rukmini Nagar
Guwahati - 6
Trustee
15) Shri Pradip Kr. Brahma
Retd. Prof. Assam Engineering College. Guwahati
M.No. 97075-55446
Ward No. 37
Kharghull. Guwahati -4
Trustee

16) Shri Bimal Phukan
Engineer & Writer
Email - bimalphukan1939 @gmail.com
M.No. 94351-09158

House No 80, K.K. Road

Chenikuthi Hill Side, Guwahati 781003

Trustee
17) Shri Bapon Kalita
Writer and Social worker
M.No. 94351-01951
House No- 14
Lakhimininagar. Hatigaon
Guwahati-6
Trustee
18) Dr. Dr Rubi kotoky
Eminent Doctor
Ph.No.9864010215
Rajgarh Road
Bhangarh
Guwahati - 781007
Trustee
19) Dr Ashok Kumar Das
Eminent Oncologist
Ph.No. 9954139727
Doctor's Quarter A2
Dr. B.Barooah Cancer Institute, Gopinath Nagar
Guwahati-781016
Trustee
20) Mr. Isfaqur Rahman Borbora
Retired Chief Engineer, Oil India LTD.
Ph.No. 9435829200
Flat-1, Block-1
Shine Heaven Apartment, Satgaon Baggarbori,
Udayan Bihar, Guwahati-781171
Trustee

 

The Trust - Fund

Karunadhara Trust has depended for creation and augmentation of its fund on the donations from kindhearted individuals, Public and Private Sector Industrial Establishments, business houses, banks, other financial Institutions, Non-Govt. Philanthropic Organizations, State and Central Government etc. Donations made to Karunadhara are eligible for the benefit of deduction under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 with effect from 01-04-2012 as per memo No. 21/80 G (5) / CIT/GHTY-1/2012-13/5405-11 dt. 31-01-2013 from office of the Commissioner of Income Tax, Guwahati - 1. However, Karunadhara is not yet eligible for accepting donations / grant in foreign exchange under the Foreign Exchang Regulations Act.

The details of Bank accounts of Karunadhara in which donations / grants can be deposited are noted below -

Name of Bank Bank of Baroda United Bank of India State Bank of INDIA

Name of Branch
Name of Account
SB Account No.
IFSC

G.S. Road, Guwahati
Karunadhara
31380100001378
BARB0GSROAD

G.S. Road. Guwahati
Karunadhara
0853010180702
UTBIOGSRG51

Personal Banking Branch, Bhangagarh, Guwahati
Karunadhara
32569501843
SBIN004134

 

The total donations received upto the last financial year since inception are as under.

Financial Year Amount

12.02.2011 to 31.03.2011

Rs. 2,78,324.00

01.04.2011 to 31.03.2012

Rs. 33,87,877.50

01.04.2012 to 31.03.2013

Rs. 54,55,135.00

01.04.2013 to 31.03.2014

Rs. 45,43,132.50

01.04.2014 to 31.03.2015

Rs. 58,14,921.00

01.04.2015 to 31.03.2016

Rs. 47,78,357.00

Karunadhara Trust appeals to all kind hearted persons and organizations / establishments to donate more liberally to the fund of Karunadhara as it is certainly evident to every one that donations so far received are far from adequate to do everything necessary for the well being of the targeted population.

Financial aid to helpseekers

In order to be able to judge properly the eligibility of persons seeking financial help from Karunadhara, a comprehensive application form has been designed. On receipt of filled up forms along with required documents from helpseekers or their Guardians, the Doctor Trustee examine the same and furnish a joint recommendation in each case to the president of the Trust. The president, on the basis of the majority opinion of other Trustees concerning the recommendations of the Doctor Trustees, issues his order sanctioning grant of financial aid or otherwise. There is a set of guidelines adopted by the Trustees for consideration of such applications. According to these guidelines (a) generally no application for financial aid for patients can be entertained if such patients take shelter of any Private Hospital / Nursing Home at the first instance without any recommendation of nearest Civil Hospital / Government Medical College. This, however, does not apply to patients who are detected / suspected to be suffering from cancer by any local Doctor and straightaway avails of specialized treatment in B. Barooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati (b) financial aid to the helpseekers as may be granted, are required to be paid in cheque, preferably in favour of the bank account of the helpseeker himself. If for any genuine reason, the helpseeker is unable to operate any bank account, the second preference should be the bank account of mother / father. If due to any unavoidable reason, the amount is required to be given in the name and account of any other person, there must be an appropriate authority letter duly attested by Notary / Gazetted Officer. Within the limitation of available fund, Karunadhara extended financial help to persons with different degrees of Physical and / or mental disability and for treatment of critical illness as under during the last 3 financial years.

Year Total Amount

2011-2012

Rs. 25,34,636.00

2012-2013

Rs. 30,45,750.00

2013-2014

Rs. 49,53,826.00

2014-2015

Rs. 50,92,767.00

2015-2016

Rs. 47,07,537.00

2016-2017

Rs. 47,61,009.00

Brief particulars of such beneficiaries since 01-04-2013 along with their photographs are available in the beneficiary link . It is clear that the number of beneficiaries are not yet significant in comparison to the deserving persons among the targeted population.

Working Procedure :

Meetings of Trustees are held at least once every month. In these meetings all policy decisions are taken and all matters concerning grant of financial aid as regards applications received since the previous meeting are finalised. All appeals, notices, list of Donors with donated amounts etc. are generally published in "Amar Asom" as Shri GL. Agarwalla, the owner of Amar Asom and Shri Homen Borgohain, Chief Editor of 'Amar Asom' had assured Karunadhara to provide this valuable help as soon as the Trust was created . Shri Agarwalla has also kindly provided some reasonable space with required table & chairs in the first floor of the building of G.L. Publications Ltd. for office work of Karunadhara free of any charge. The Trustees including office bearers are not entitled to any pay or honourarium and also any travel allowance within the jurisdiction of Guwahati Development Authority. Cost of Tea and snacks provided in the meetings of the Trustees and during the office work of the office bearers of the Trust are also borne by them in rotation. However, Trustees, who are required to travel to places outside Guwahati City, are entitled to actual journey expenses. Cheques to beneficiaries and for other expenses are required to be signed by Treasurer cum Accounts Officer and two of the following three office bearers.

(i) President
(ii) Working President
(iii) General Secretary (Administration)

Accounts are maintained by Treasurer cum Accounts Officer and are audited generally every three months by the Internal Auditor of the Trust. Annual accounts are also audited by a reputed Chartered Accountant. Income Tax returns are also duly submitted every financial year.

Sahayak Committee:

To assist the Trustees of Karunadhara in their various activities towards fulfillment of the objectives, District Sahayak Committees have been formed in most of the districts of Assam. Such committees will be formed in the remaining districts also as early as possible. Details of such committees with names & phone numbers of main office bearers have been mentioned below .

Sahayak Committee (Click Here)

 

The tasks given to the Sahayak Committees are as follows :-

A. To collect donations in their respective districts for Karunadhara fund.

B. To scrutinise the applications for financial aid from Karunadhara, received from helpseekers and to forward to the General Secretary (Fiscal aid) of Karunadhara, those applications which fulfil all conditions and to return to the applicants, those which are incomplete and /or does not fulfil the requirements.

C. To make a survey of financial condition, talents, skill etc. of the persons suffering from Physical / mental disability in their respective districts and send the report to General Secretary (Administration) of Karunadhara.

D. To carry on publicity campaign, particularly among the students of schools and colleges about the objectives and activities of Karunadhara in order to generate / promote in thier minds the feeling of kindness, compassion towards not only persons afflicted with physical and / or mental disability or suffering from any critical disease, but also all other weaker sections of the society.

E. To assist Karunadhara in implementing any other measure for the well being of persons suffering from physical and /or mental disability and persons suffering from complicated diseases.

The Sahayak Committee have been provided with receipt books for collection of donations and also sample application forms for fiscal aid.