Kozhikode: ‘Snehasparsham,’ the project launched by the district panchayat in 2011 for helping kidney and AIDS patients and mentally-challenged, is set to spread its wings by including more government agencies and non-government organisations. A meeting called by the district panchayat on Thursday to discuss the future plans of the project decided to join hands with Kozhikode Corporation, municipalities, block panchayats and grama panchayats to spread the project.
Inaugurating the meeting conducted at Nalanda auditorium, Kozhikode Mayor Thottathil Raveendran asked the public to contribute their best to develop the project. District panchayat president Babu Parassery said that a detailed proposal had been submitted to the state government for financial aid for the expansion of the project to more needy.
“Since the launch of the project, Rs 5.29 crore has been distributed for the treatment of the patients, especially kidney patients,” said Mr Babu Parassery. “We intend to reach out to more such people,” he added. The meeting decided to hold a mass campaign on October 2 to mobilise Rs 10 crore from the public.
Prior to this campaign, a district-level committee involving elected representatives drawn from three-tier local bodies along with the volunteers will conduct the first and the second phase of the campaign. The meeting was also attended by district collector N. Prasanth, former district panchayat president Kanathil Jameela and representatives of the local bodies.