Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotarians must work to provide sustainable solutions to end poverty.
Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of a country’s economic growth and social development. Many industries are fighting a battle of survival in the times of Covid-19. Hiring freeze, salary cuts and layoff have become the mantra of many businesses to remain afloat. The need of the hour is to reinvent the Indian workforce and systematically deal with structural issues in the economy so that we emerge as a more resilient society.
Globally nearly 74 million young adults are unemployed. Youth are our only sustainable asset. We must create skills, leadership and job opportunities for them. Clubs must participate in skilling youth and help them to get jobs during these uncertain times. Rotary India Literacy Mission realised this and, together with Apollo MedSkills, has launched the Saksham Bharat skilling programme on a pilot basis to skill people as para medical workers with assured placement. The beneficiaries are decided by the sponsoring Rotarians and are trained in select centres of Apollo MedSkills.
Adopt a village
I request each club to adopt a village and help improve basic education, water, sanitation, health and other facilities there to make it self-sufficient and enhance the wellbeing of its people.
There is no greater joy than finishing the race. We have pledged to eradicate the world of polio and requesting each Rotarian to rededicate himself/herself to see this battle through. October 24 is World Polio Day. Get involved and spread the message through fundraisers, events, rallies, awareness programmes, so that we can make polio a thing of the past.
With the untimely demise of PRID Yash Pal Das we have lost a Rotary warrior, a loving and a doting family man and, for many of us, a dear friend. Let us all pray that he brightens the space he occupies in his after-life. It is now certain that even god requires good people. May god give his family the strength to overcome this huge loss.
RI Director, 2019-21