Kolkata: Around 22,899 people have been provided emergency medical assistance by KARMA and 18,927 road traffic accident (RTA) victims have been transported safely to the nearest hospital.The service is provided 24×7 totally free of cost to the road traffic accident victims of Kolkata. Besides, the Kolkata police also help any other ailing person across the city to reach nearby medical centres free of cost, as a part of community policing, said Mitesh Jain, Joint Commissioner (traffic). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMajula Singh, CSR Head, Medica Group, said: “KARMA provides instant help to the RTA victims and transports them to the nearest hospital so that no time is lost in getting them adequate medical aid. Before KARMA, no other organised service was there to facilitate emergency aid to the road traffic accident victims in Kolkata. Since its inception, only six RTA victims have been brought to Medica Hospital, which reflects Medica’s commitment to the community.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKARMA operations are supported by the Kolkata Police traffic control room and the Motor Transport Section and are managed round-the-clock by a Command Centre located within Medica Superspecialty Hospital. KARMA has a fleet of 18 ambulances deployed at various locations in Kolkata along with trained paramedics. With two emergency medical technicians apart from a Kolkata Police personnel and a driver, the ambulances, which are fully equipped with all basic life support medical equipment, receive 10-15 calls every.
Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of India – the parent body of over 28000 Freemasons in India – Grand Lodge of India has decided to take up an ambitious charitable project of setting up over 100 dialysis centres all over the India to provide dialysis at a subsidised price of around Rs 350 per patient, which is nearly one-third of the market price. These centres will be set up in the Masonic premises in various cities. Another unique project being taken up by the Grand Lodge of India is to provide pure drinking water generated out of air to people living in remote areas. The drinking water machine can run on both electricity and solar power. Each machine will cost around Rs 30,000 and over Rs 1 lakh with solar panels. The project, known as MARG (Masonic Amrut Ras Generator), would be of immense use for people living in drought prone areas where ladies have to walk several kilometers to fetch drinking water. The water machine generates water from the humidity in air and can generate about 15 liters of drinking water in a day. The first project is being set up in Pench forest reserve area near Nagpur, Maharashtra for the officers on duty in the forest. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGrand Lodge of India had also recently felicitated Gallantry Award Winners and war widows of Uri and Baramulah terrorist attack. Along with this Grand Lodge of India had given five residential apartments free of cost to the war widows of these soldiers and they spend over Rs 1.50 crore for purchase of land and construction of these apartments. According to MW Bro Ranauta (Grand Master of Grand Lodge of India), the apartments for the widows of Uri martyrs will be constructed in association with President’s Gallantry Awardees Association of India. All these projects will be funded by donations raised from Freemasons all over the country.According to MW Bro Harcharan Singh Ranauta (OSM Grand Master of Grand Lodge of India), Freemasons believe in the Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of Mankind. Charity is the distinguishing characteristic of Freemasons. The money we spend on such large scale charitable projects is contributed by our members out of their savings from their hard earned money.