Our team is excited to meet two tall personalities who inspite of the demanding Covid 19 situation are out on streets supporting the Poor & Needy. As part of our Inspired Life Series we will be discussing with Vishal Mehta (Chair – CII Young Indians (YI) Chennai Chapter) and Krishna Kumar Nathani (Co Chair – CII Young Indians Chennai Chapter).
A brief note on them
Vishal Mehta is a Chartered Accountant turned Entrepreneur passionately involved in transforming homes. He is the CEO of http://patternsfurnishing.com/ which is engaged in soft furnishing business.
Krishna Kumar Nathani is a consultant in Financial Markets for Various HNI’s and Corporates. He is the Managing Director of http://indiabullion.com/. He is an avid social worker and an aspiring politician.
Can you talk something about your organization – Young Indians:-
Young Indians (Yi) is a movement for Indian Youth to converge, lead, co-create and influence India’s future. As an integral part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organisation playing a proactive role in India’s development process.
Young Indian was Formed in the year 2002, Yi has created a platform for young Indians to work towards realising a dream of a developed nation. It has a growing, inclusive membership across all geographies and demographics with over 3200 direct members in 46 chapters, and 29500 students YUVA members from colleges. The Yi membership includes young progressive Indians between the age group of 21-45 years and comprises of entrepreneurs, professionals and achievers from different walks of life.With Eighteen years of glorious past and decades ahead that promise nothing short, Yi intends to become a larger movement of young people with a conviction in “We Can, We Will”.
Can you explain about your COVID-19 relief work:-
During these times, with the lockdown in place, several NGOs and organizations are supporting the government to motivate and maintain a positive morale among the people of India. Young Indians is one such organisation that is going above and beyond to help, build and restore our communities in such challenging times like Covid 19.
As part of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Young Indians aims at instilling a sense of national duty and pride among the young entrepreneurs of India. Yi believes that as the nation grows, the youth have a very important role to play in nation building.
The Chennai Chapter of the Young Indians have been distributing masks, sanitizers and face shields to laborers and government front line workers. Our team is also working to come up with a low cost automated hand sanitizer machine which can be installed at Public Offices and Buildings. However we have selected two major initiatives to support the needy during COVID 19 times:
- Setting up of Contactless Wash Basins around Chennai City- “Project Sugadharam”
- Distribution of Dry Ration kits to migrants
Distribution of Contactless Wash Basins Around Chennai City- “Project Sugadharam” to counter Covid 19
This Touch Free Hand Wash project has been initiated by this Young and Energetic Group to fight the Covid 19 crisis. The spread of the SAR-Cov2 virus or the corona virus happens via droplet transmission and hand touch human contact. On an average people touch their faces more than 16 times an hour. This is major concern dealing with the fight against corona virus. To prevent the spread through human contact one needs constantly wash their hands with soap. Soap has the capacity to kill the virus and frequent hand wash is one of effective solution to reduce the spread of the virus. This Touch free handwash helps people accessing public places to use these handwash where the user doesn’t come in contact with tap or the soap dispenser yet enable them to use the handwash with help of mechanical pedal that can be operated via leg press. The project also bring awareness about the need for handwash. Regular handwash is a basic of hygeine and during these times, it’s a must to keep hands clean, hence the contactless handwash serves the purpose of hygeine and habit for all. Yi is striving to set up Sugadharams in all public spaces and create a movement by installing this unit at more than 50 places across Chennai. We are also sharing inputs with our other 46 chapters spread across 46 cities across India so that they can also take forward this movement and create a hygienic mindset amongst the people, taking forward our Prime Ministers Swacch Bharat Legacy.
Installation 1: BROADWAY BUS STAND TURNED VEGETABLE MARKET
Young Indians, a part of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) has an aim of instilling a sense of National Duty and Pride among the Youth of India. . As our nation grows, the youth have a very important role to play in Nation Building. CII-Young Indians in association with Greater Chennai Corporation launched “SUGADHARAM”, a Touch Free Hand Wash System inaugurated at Broadway BusStand Market jointly by Mr.Chokkalingam, Mr Lawrence, EE, Mr.Manohar, AC, Zone 5 Chennai Corporation & Mr.Vijayramulu, Assistant Commissioner of Police, High Court. Young Indians, represented by Aditya Roongta, Immediate Past Chair, Vishal Mehta, Chair, Krishna Nathani, Co-Chair, Chennai Chapter along with few other office bearers, were present at the inauguration today.
Installation 2: SP Office Thiruvallur District
CII-Young Indians in association with Department of Police, Tiruvallur District launched “SUGADHARAM”, a Touch Free Hand Wash System inaugurated at Office of Superintendent of Police at Tiruvallur by Mr. Aravindhan P, IPS and Raj Bharat, Regional Chair, TN Region, Aditya Roongta, Immediate Past Chair, Vishal Mehta, Chair, Krishna Nathani, Co-Chair, Chennai Chapter along with few other office bearers, were present at the inauguration. This unit was sponsored by Recreate Happiness Charitable Trust represented by Nitin Bothra.
Installation 3: Gumundipoondi Market
CII-Young Indians in association with Government of Tamilnadu, Gummudipoondi Taluk launched “SUGADHARAM”, a Touch Free Hand Wash System inaugurated at Gummudipoondi Bazaar Rettembedu Junction jointly by Mr. Kumar, Thasildar, Gummudipoondi Taluk, Mr Shivakumar, Chairman, Gummudipoondi Panchayat, and Mr Ramesh, Deputy Superintendent of Police. Aditya Roongta, Immediate Past Chair, Vishal Mehta, Chair, Krishna Nathani, Co-Chair, Chennai Chapter along with few other office bearers, This unit was sponsored by Maharaja Agrasen Matric School, Gumundipoondi represented by Sushil Shroff.
Installation 4: Thiruvanmayur Market Area.
CII-Young Indians in association with Greater Chennai Corporation and RCC Diva launched “SUGADHARAM”, a Touch Free Hand Wash System inaugurated at Tiruvanmiyur Market jointly by Actress Gowthami, and Mr Vardharajan, Executive Engineer, Adyar Zone GCC. Aditya Roongta, Immediate Past Chair, Vishal Mehta, Chair, Krishna Nathani, Co-Chair, Chennai Chapter along with few other office bearers, were present at the inauguration today. RCC Diva Foundation who sponsored this installation were represented by Manisha Pramod Chordia, Sangeetha Harish Marlecha, Nisha Bisani and Vikas Jain.
Installation 5: Director General of Police Office, Chennai.
CII-Young Indians in association with Department of Police, Tamil Nadu launched “SUGADHARAM”, a Touch Free Hand Wash System inaugurated at Office of Director General of Police at Chennai by IPS. Seema Agarwal, ADGP Head Quarters. Vishal Mehta, Chair, Krishna Nathani, Co-Chair, Chennai Chapter along with few other office bearers, were present at the inauguration. This Unit was sponsored by NAC Jewellers, Chennai represented by Arjun Nathella.
Installation 6&7: Commissioner of Police Office, Chennai.
CII-Young Indians in association with the Chennai Police Department installed “SUGADHARAM”, a Touch Free Hand Wash System was installed at Commissioner Of Police at Vepery and it was Inaugurated by Mr A K Viswanathan, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Chennai. 2 Units at both the entrances of the office were installed.
From CII-Young Indians Aditya Roongta, Immediate Past Chair, Vishal Mehta, Chair, Krishna Nathani, Co-Chair, Chennai Chapter, and Yi Members Vikas Jain, Karthick Ragavendar, Divya were present at the inauguration.
RCC Diva Foundation who supported the installation of one unit were represented by Manisha Pramod Chordia, Sangeetha Harish Marlecha, Nisha Bisani and the Project Team. Shankey Thukral of Thukral Foundation supported the installation of the other unit .
Distribution of Dry Ration Kits:
The drive to ensure that no one is left hungry is the most important act of kindness that each and every one of us can do during these unprecedented times. The Young Indians Chennai Chapter is actively working with several NGOs and the government migrant labour task force team to ensure the reach of ration supplies to every corner of the city and even other cities in TN.
They are distributing Dry Ration Kits in Chennai. Each kit contains:
- Toor Dal
- Mustard Seed
- Cooking Oil
- An interesting way they operate is by engaging the college students from all over the city. This instils a sense of social responsibility at a young age and also serves as a powerful tool to identify gaps and helps the Yi chapter provide the right support
- Over 3000 Yuvas (College Students) have come together to create a database of information collection, to identify areas which are severely impacted and to share this with relevant authorities and NGOs for timely intervention staying at home.
- Over 1500 kits and around 6000 people have been supported via their distribution drive in Phase I and Yi Chennai Chapter plans to impact another 25000 during the next Phase.
- Some of the main partners in this cause are the Lions Clubs, Golden Heart Foundation, BhoomikaTrust, Gujarati Youth Association among many others.
More than 50 areas in and around Chennai have been covered and Yi strives to go to every nook and corner to help those required, even if that means crossing over borders to help. Distribution is being done to migrant workers/tourists/patients from different parts of the country, security personal, support staff in hospitals, attendees of COVID patients, Transgender community, construction workers, homes for mentally challenged and elderly people, house help, people depending on daily wages etc.
The CII – Young Indians are committed to the fight against COVID-19 and are working on several relief work and innovative projects that are economical, sustainable and scaleable to fight the virus.
If you are interested to explore more or volunteer with CII – Young Indians you can reach out to them via www.youngindians.net