Fazilka, October 15, 2012: It was the third function organised by Social Welfare Society, Fazilka to honour families of eye donors.
So far, the SWC has arranged the eye donations of 177 persons after their death and Fazilka is now known as Eye Donors City.
Padamshree Vijay Kumar Chopra, chief editor, Hind Samachar Group of Papers was the chief guest and Surjeet Kumar Jyani, MLA and Forest and Labour Minister, Punjab, presided over the function.
On this occasion, Nirmla Jyani, Charandev Singh Maan, ADC, Sudesh Nagpal, patron Istri Arya Samaj, Surinder Ahuja, businessman, Dr. S. P. Garg, SMO, civil hospital, Dina Nath Sachdeva, president, Pacca Arthia Association and social worker and various prominent persons of the city and NGOs were present.
The members of the family, who have contributed for donating the eyes on the death of their nearest relatives were honoured by Vijay Kumar Chopra and Surjeet Kumar Jyani and Nirmla Jyani.
Surjeet Kumar Jyani, in his address said, Fazilka is now known as the city of eye donors and announced the opening of Eye Bank at Fazilka. He further said that it is easy to say for eye donation but this service is not that easy as the people now shirk taking care of their parents even.
Charandev Singh, ADC said, eye donation is a big service to the society. A man can donate his eyes before his next birth. He thinks that the life is for him only but the real life is that if you are helpful to others.
Dr. Asha Goomber on this occasion said, the beautiful eyes are those, which are donate to give light to others after death.
Raj Kishore Kalra, president, Kanwal Kishore Grover, secretary and Shashi Kant, chairman said, as on date, the society has managed the eye donation of 177 persons on their deaths besides arranging artificial limbs to 198 persons with the help of Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Samiti, Ambala, Lala Durga Charan Charitable Artificial Limb Centre and Parvati Devi Trust, Ambala.
They further said that the society has also arranged number of social service camps like sugar check-up, education to poor students, regular medicines to poor families, woolen sweaters and organised seminars on social evils.
Padamshree Vijay Chopra in his address said, earlier there was a shortage of eyes but it not now. The initiative of Social Welfare Society for managing eye donations is appreciable and motivational. He said, "A man will live even after his death by donation one of his organ".
He further said, most of the social welfare works to be done by the government are being managed by the social organisations. The government should arrange sufficient power supply, pure drinking water and cheap education. By providing these essential services, the society will prosper and economists of the country must think it over. The youths should come forward by moving on the footsteps of elders and with the joint working of elders and youths, the society will be benefited.