Barwani district collector Shivraj Singh Verma (blue shirt) with his daughter next to him at Ashagram on Thursday
Barwani district collector Shivraj Singh Verma (blue shirt) with his daughter next to him at Ashagram on Thursday

Barwani: Collector Shivraj Singh Verma celebrated the birthday of his daughter Arti Verma on January 7, with leprosy patients at Ashagram. Collector Verma distributed fruits and sweets to them and their families. He also distributed warm clothes to the children.

While addressing the gathering, he said, “If we want to double happiness at a festive occasion, we should share joy with disadvantaged groups of society. This way, we can help the needy and bring a smile on their faces. This is the greatest gift.” Collector Verma has also appealed to masses to celebrate festivals with deprived sections of the society.

Sub divisional officer Barwani Ghanshyam Dhangar, deputy collector Anshu Jawla, Tehsildar Rajesh Patidar, women and child development department assistant director Ajay Gupta, Ashagram Trust secretary Dr Shivnarayan Yadav and others were present on the occasion.

Ashagram Trust works for rehabilitation of handicapped people. It also works for leprosy, mentally and physically challenged people, providing them means to earn livelihood, offers treatment.

In a recent incident, an elderly woman suffering from leprosy was thrown out of the house by her family members in biting cold. The secretary of District Legal Services Authority and ADJ Hemant Joshi informed Sachin Dubey and paralegal volunteer Smita Atre about the old woman. Consequently, trust workers brought the old woman in an ambulance to Ashagram and made arrangements for her meals and treatment.

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