Prantik’s new building, which is meant to be a dorm for the kids, was inaugurated on April 03, 2011. The Prantik kids are to move from their mud hut to this building. The construction was done on a special initiative taken by the Govt. of Tripura. Furnitures worth Rs. 1.5 lakh were also supplied by the Government. Mr. Jiten Chaudhury, Honorable minister of Tripura took initiative to make arrangement for the furniture. The construction of the building will resolve the issue of the kids living in the mud houses.
Under construction :
The dorm for the Prantik kids
The dorm after construction
The building construction was completed very quickly only in a few months. Thanks to TF-ian Mr. Kishor Ambuly who followed up on the developments in a consistent manner. In the last few months the organizers of Prantik registered their non-profit under the name of ‘Naba Prantik’ and opened bank account. They were helped by TF-ians Mr. Kishor Ambuly and Mr. Nishikant Kolge in all stages.
During a non-descript ceremony Mr. S K Panda, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Tripura graciously agreed to cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new building. TF-ians Mr. Amitabha Kar and Mr. Saumen Sarkar handed over cheques worth Rs. 22000 to the Prantik organizers. These funds were contributed by TF-ians Mr. Saumen Sarkar, Mr. Saugato Seal and Mr. Kalyan Bhaumik. This is part of continued support pledged by these TF-ians meant for the kids.
Two other TF-ians Mr. Nishikant Kolge and Mr. Siddartha Ghosh provided assistance to the kids and are continuing their effort by providing monetary and other contributions. Mr. Ghosh is sponsoring the cooking gas supply for Prantik.
TF will be advising and guiding the organizers of Prantik to maintain clear accounting standards and audits.
This inauguration was also attended by eminent scientists Dr K. Sankaran, Director & Head of Bio-Technology and Dr. B. Laksmi from Anna University, Chennai.
This came as a surprise: word of this inauguration reached the local print and electronic media, and despite the current frenzy on cricket world cup, this event was covered well by the local media.
A photo mosaic covering the inauguration (and other pics):