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Mangla Bank: India’s first bank run by beggars, of beggars, for beggars

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

If one has to learn the benefits of banking, it is from these beggars in Bihar who have started their own bank, which they operate to provide financial assistance to fellow beggars.

The bank named as Mangla Bank is situated at Gaya town near Maa ‘Maa Manglagauri Mandir, where these beggars seek alms.

“It is true that we have established a bank for ourselves,” told Raj Kumar Manjhi to a news agency, one of the 40 beggars who are members of this unique “bank”.

“Bank’s manager, treasurer and secretary along with one agent and other member, who are running and managing it, are all beggars,” reported IANS.

Manjhi, who is literate enough to manage the accounts and other works of the bank, said: “Each of us (beggars) deposits Rs.20 every Tuesday in the bank that comes to Rs.800 weekly deposit.”

Malti Devi, who is secretary of the bank that was established six months ago, said: “It began last year with a big hope and to fulfill aspirations of beggars. We are still not treated well in the society because we are poorest of the poor.”

The beggars were encouraged to start their own bank by officials of State Society for Ultra Poor and Social Welfare last year.

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Aligarh Muslim University to Tie Up with Uttar Pradesh’s Wildlife Department

The conference has been organized jointly by the Department of Wildlife Sciences, AMU and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun

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We have already written to AMU...we can use their expertise in wildlife conservation. Pixabay

Research scholars in the Department of Wildlife Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, will now share their expertise with Uttar Pradesh’s wildlife department. The experts will lend a helping hand in the conservation of many species on the verge of extinction in the state.

This was stated by the state’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Sunil Pandey while speaking at the inaugural function of the three-day international conservation conference at JNMC auditorium. “We have already written to AMU…we can use their expertise in wildlife conservation.”

The conference has been organized jointly by the Department of Wildlife Sciences, AMU and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun.

“We are already using technology for conservation of wildlife. For this IIT-Kanpur and DRDO have helped us. We have Vertical Take off Landing instrument for surveys of an area which can also be used for tranquilising animals safely. We have Aerostat, a helium filled balloon for surveying the forest. For the technological aspect, we need experts and in this area AMU can help us by providing the expertise,” he said.

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This was stated by the state’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Sunil Pandey while speaking at the inaugural function of the three-day international conservation conference at JNMC auditorium. Pixabay

Earlier presiding over the function, Pro Vice Chancellor, AMU Prof Akhtar Haseeb said, “Wildlife conservation should be taken in a holistic way. It involves several aspects. Due to rapid industrialization, urbanization conservation has become an uphill task.”

He also stated that several animals, insects and even medicinal plants have become endangered. He urged young researchers to focus on multidisciplinary research work for better results.

Earlier, Prof Wazahat Husain was conferred a lifetime achievement award jointly by AMU and WII for his exemplary services. Husain has been rendering selfless service to the department for the past two decades.

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The inaugural session of the conference was also addressed by Dr William McShea from Smithsonian Institute, USA, and Prof Qayyum Husain, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences. (IANS)