Independent Rajya Sabha Member from Bangalore has a Special NE Initiative
Guwahati, October 16, 2014: Rajeev Chandrasekhar, an Independent MP from Bangalore, through his charitable trust, the Flags of Honour Foundation, organised a relief camp in Goalpara district recently. The camp was held in partnership with Utsah, a Guwahati based NGO that works in the area of Child Protection.
The day long camp saw essential relief material like blankets, baby food items and oil being distributed among women and children. Relief was extended to the girl children from over 200 homes who have been suffering due to lack of sanitation facilities and malnutrition in the flood affected villages of Narayanpara and Ambari villages in Goalpara district in lower Assam.
The gesture was an expression to show solidarity by the people of Karnataka to those of Assam. Rajeev Chandrasekhar has in his two terms in the Rajya Sabha been one of the few members to espouse the causes and concerns of the North East. Amongst others, he has talked extensively about racist attacks against citizens from the North East in Bangalore and other parts of India, drinking water concerns in Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, the expansion of livelihood opportunities for the youth in these regions and need for more air connectivity for Guwahati.
He has always advocated that a vibrantly progressive Northeast is important for a strong India. Recognizing that the floods hitting the north east almost annually are severely jeopardizing the development of the region, he has constantly raised the urgent need for an institutional assessment of the flood problem and for a long term, strategic policy response to the flood problem in the region.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar is a second time MP in the Rajya Sabha, and is from Bangalore. Another event under his Special North East initiative took place on the 14th of October at Leimakhong, Manipur where Mr Chandrasekhar launched a special initiative to provide financial assistance, encouragement and motivation to Veer Naris, Widows and Veterans including World War II Veterans in the North East through the Flags of Honour Foundation.
In 2013, Mr Rajeev Chandrasekhar encouraged 20 top emerging entrepreneurs in Nagaland taking the role of Chief Mentor under the Impact 5000’s “The Entrepreneur” campaign. Designed to enhance business skills of 20 top emerging young entrepreneurs in Nagaland who had the ambition and potential to generate substantial growth in their businesses, Mr Chandrasekhar has held that the India narrative would be incomplete if it didn’t have Baichung Bhutia, Mary Kom, Alobo Naga, Soulmate, Atsu Sekhose, Norden Wangdi, Chekrowolu Swuro and countless others from the past, today and in the future and that the Northeast represents many opportunities but the biggest one is its young people and their creativity and talent. “The future is about thousands of entrepreneurs determining the destiny of this region, he said.