On behalf of the Government of Japan, the Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Mr. NAKAMURA Yutaka, signed the Grant Contract of US$85,214 with the Secretary of NGO, Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK), Mr. Satish Kumar “Satish Girija”, titled, “The Project for Eye Testing and Surgery Instruments for Restoring Vision of Needless Blind Poor Patients in Gaya and Adjoining Districts of Bihar”on March 10, 2021.Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK), the recipient NGO formally came into existence in 1974 with the aim to make a society where no one remains hungry, unemployed, discriminated and exploited. NBJKhas been working and devoting to establish a progressive, peaceful and a just society based on the values of equality, fraternity and mutual–help. The Grant will be utilized by the NGO for equipping Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK), with 8 advanced eye equipment to provide better eye treatment to poor patients. Through this project it will be made possible to provide smooth access of Ophthalmic medical services to approximately 7 million patients in Gaya and two adjoining districts Nawada and Jehanabad in Bihar, which currently do not have anyOphthalmic hospital at no charge or low cost for the poor except for hospitals run by NBJK.March 10, 2021
In his speech Mr. NAKAMURA stated that “Tomorrow, the 11th March is the 10th year anniversary of the Earthquake in Japanand Japan received a big support from India as well as from whole World and we cannot forget that support.It is my privilege to announce that NBJK, NGO from Bihar, has been selected to receive a grant of US$ 85,214 from the Government of Japan through the GGP scheme to procure some advanced eye equipment through which we expect the needy patients of Bihar will be benefited in a proper way. Local organizations play a crucial role for implementing community development by reaching out to the grassroots strata of the society. And I strongly believe that this project receiving GGP Grant today will be successfully implemented and truly benefit the community to the maximum possible extent. This grant is a small token of compassion and goodwill from the people of Japan and I feel that it will go a long way in making our world a better place. NBJK has been entrusted with a huge social responsibility and I am sure they will make the best utilization of this opportunity.”Mr. Satish Kumar “Satish Girija” expressed his sincere appreciation and mentioned that “The support from GGP Scheme, to procure eight essential equipment for our hospital in Gaya district of Bihar, will help in diagnosis, treatment and surgery to secure vision of 7 million people with eye problems. About 75% of the total 137 crore population in India, have not any kind of eye health services available, while eye is the most important organ of the body, having over 35 types of disease. At 2009 we received a grant through GGP for the building construction of the Lok Nayak Jayprakash (LNJP) Eye Hospital at village Bahera in Hazaribagh–Jharkhand. Through that project every year we serve around 50,000 patients.”
The GGP Scheme was established to assist local NGOs in developing countries in responding various development needs in a prompt and complete manner, even though on a comparatively small scale. As a donor, the Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata has supported more than US$ 4.7 million to numbers of NGOs in eastern 4 states; Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal for the last more than 2 decades to tackle with various challenges at the grassroots level. We hope that more number of NGOs and local authorities will be aware of and apply for GGP Scheme.