Kharghar: Adarsh Seva Bhavi Samajik Sanstha, an NGO actively working for the welfare of the tribal community in the Navi Mumbai-Panvel region distributed sarees, blouse pieces, Diwali snacks and sweets to the women residents of Gholwadi Katkaripada here on November 12 as Bhau Beej. This is the 13th consecutive year that the NGO has undertaken this project bringing Deepavali cheer to the residents in the Katkari tribe hamlet.

Appreciating Gajanan Chavan, the  ASBSS chief for his untiring work for the tribals, quarry workers and the weaker sections of the community in the region for nearly 3 decades, Vishwarath Nayar, the editor of Raigad Observer, called upon the tribal women to lay stress on educating their children and availing the welfare schemes of the government for the community, as also utilizing the contacts of helpful people like Gajanan Chavan to seek assistance of the government and private well-wishing individuals and institutions.

Ajay Mali, the head of the social media cell of the BJP Kharghar-Taloja Mandal, also addressed the gathering and stressed on education to avail the welfare schemes of the government for the community and for the progress of the family and the community.

Datta Dalvi, president of Shri Balaji Mitra Mandal, Ganesh Bankar, president of Sant Savta Mali Samajik Pratishthan, Rajendra Manjrekar (Mama), president of Sankalp Pratishthan and Udyog Aghadi organizer of the BJP Kharghar-Taloja Mandal,    

Sadanand Siraskar, office bearer of Purandhare Sneh Samajik Sanstha, Manesh Patil, president of Ganesh Mitra Mandal and Manjula Katkari, corporator in the Panvel City Municipal Corporation, were among the other dignitaries, who graced the occasion and handed over the Bhau Beej gifts to the women residents in the hamlet.

Hot pots, a vessel to keep food hot, was also distributed in the memory of late Vinayak Tukaram Patil of Murbi village (who passed away recently) by the Patil family represented by his son Manesh V. Patil, and Naksh Ganesh Patil, the son of Ganesh Patil, the police Patil of Murbi village and the late Vinayak’s grandson, celebrated his 5th birthday on the occasion by cutting 2 cakes and sharing it with the children of the hamlet along with his cousin Dhairya Manesh Patil.