In a well attended conference held on Sunday at Milli Model School, Jamia Nagar, dedicated to the development of Okhla area, Volunteers of Change (VOC) being a platform of Okhla’s community leaders, activists and social workers presented its Dream Okhla Roadmap.

The conference had three sessions, namely Seminar on Dream Okhla Roadmap chaired by Professor Zubair Meenai of Department of Social Works Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Ratan Awards Ceremony chaired by Jawad Ahmad Siddiqui the Chancellor of Al-Falah University and Parwaz-e-Okhla Mushayara chaired by Professor Khalid Mahmood former Vice-President of Delhi Urdu Academy.

The model based on seven components was presented in the document ‘Dream Okhla Roadmap’ prepared by the Convener of Volunteers of Change Abdul Rashid Agwan and released by Professor Shahid Ahmed, Department of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia. These components are Voluntarism, Awareness, Technology & Innovation, Transcendence, Structrual Change and Public Resources. Views were also expressed in the seminar on given themes by Dr Tariq Ashraf, Jawed Alam Khan, Dr Ghazala Jamil, Dr Habibur Rahiman VM, Adil Azmi, Abdul Rashid Ansari, Atif Jung, Naseem Khan, Inam Hasan, Aslam Naved and Mohd Yusuf.

In the awards session, 11 Okhla Ratan Awards, 46 Maimar-e-Okhla Awards and one Good Public Service Award were presented along with Special Recognition to world’s youngest black belt from Okhla Yoza Saleem. Awards were given in 10 fields of significant contribution which impacted local life including education, health, women empowerment, youth development, human rights, infrastructure, sanitation, peace and harmony, and media.

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Those who presented the awards comprised session chairman Siddiqui, chief guest Navaid Hamid the President of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat and such dignitaries as Professor Khwaja M Shahid, Dr Syed Ahmad Khan, Professor Sabiha Hussain, Dr M Rafat, Chowdhari Insaf Ali, Dr ST Hashmi, Dr Sirajuddin Ahmad, Ml. Abrar Ahmad Islahi and RJ Naved.

Those who received the Okhla Ratan Awards comprised Gandhian Vimalbhai in peace and harmony, Al-Shifa Hospital in health, Roshan Trust in education, Centre for Equity and Inclusion in women empowerment, Earth Care Mission in sanitation, Islamic Relief India in environment, Jamiatul Ulma Hind (Delhi) in infrastructure, Okhla Times in media, Jamia Teacher’s Solidarity Association in human rights, Wasiya Islam in youth development and Blessing NGO in education.

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The Good Public Service Award was given to the MCD staff of Ward 102 led by Manohar Lal for fighting the incidence of dengue in Okhla.

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Parwaz-e-Okhla Mushayara was enriched by the recitations of such internationally and nationally known poets as Prof Khalid Mehmood, Intizar Naeem, Jawed Siddiqui, Moin Qureshi, Akhtar Azmi, Hamid Ali Akhtar, Bismil Arfi, Farman Chowdhari, Nadir Hussain, Siraj Talib, Niraj Jha, Anjum Inqalabi and Shahbaz Rizvi.

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Sajid Anas conducted the seminar and welcomed the guests, whereas Mansoor Agha chairman of the Awards Committee welcomed the guests in the second session. In the last session Abdul Rashid Agwan welcomed the guests and presented his own poem.

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The conference was organised by Dr MA Johar and supported by many volunteers such as Syed Shahid Ali, Kunwar Zaheer Ahmad, Zeyauddin Khan, Dr Zamir Baig, Muslehuddin, Shahin Kausar, Mohd. Saad, Ata Khan, Iqbal Khan, Shamsuddin, Vakil Johari, Shahid Raza, Mohd Muslim, Syed Azam Ali, Danish Sulemani, Danish Suhail, Nusrat Ara, Ashfaq Ahmad, and others, said VOC in a release issued to the media.

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VoC’s “VATTSAP” Model for Developing Okhla

Talking about the vision, VOC convener said: VoC’s VATTSAP Model for Developing Okhla:

“1. Volunteerism: Creation of a large volunteer force and increasing community participation for development.

“2. Awareness: Generation of awareness on local issues, know about civic responsibilities, rights, laws and procedures essential for development in the area.

“3. Transcendence: Involving all and work for all, with universal engagement.

“4. Technology & Innovation: Promotion of use of technology for effective, faster and transparent work and encouraging innovative ideas to deal with situations not improving through conventional means.

“5. Structural Change: Improving and transforming local social structures such as RWAs, schools, Community Organisations, NGOs, etc and to promote the concept of street networks for civic responsibilities.

“6. Add-ons: Forming such bodies and institutions which are required for local development but not already existing. Avoiding duplication and friction of such bodies and institutions.

“7. Public Resources: Ensuring availability of Public resources and development funds by promoting citizen entitlement, voter awareness, good political leadership, people’s agenda, local budget, involvement of CSR funds, public accountability, RTI and RTE, etc.”

 

*A Report of Dream Okhla Conference organized by Volunteers of Change*

In a well attended conference held on 9 September at Milli Model School, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi, dedicated to the development of Okhla area, Volunteers of Change being a platform of Okhla’s community leaders, activists and social workers presented its Dream Okhla Roadmap.

The conference had three sessions, namely Seminar on Dream Okhla Roadmap chaired by Professor Zubair Meenai of Department of Social Works Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Ratan Awards Ceremony chaired by Jawad Ahmad Siddiqui the Chancellor of Al-Falah University and Parwaz-e-Okhla Mushayara chaired by Professor Khalid Mahmood former Vice-President of Delhi Urdu Academy.

The model based on seven components was presented in the document ‘Dream Okhla Roadmap’ prepared by the Convener of Volunteers of Change Abdul Rashid Agwan and released by Professor Shahid Ahmed, Department of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia. These components are Voluntarism, Awareness, Technology & Innovation, Transcendence, Structural Change and Public Resources. Views were also expressed in the seminar on given themes by Dr Tariq Ashraf, Jawed Alam Khan, Dr Ghazala Jamil, Dr Habibur Rahiman VM, Adil Azmi, Abdul Rashid Ansari, Atif Jung, Naseem Khan, Inam Hasan, Aslam Naved and Mohd. Yusuf.

In the awards session, 11 Okhla Ratan Awards, 46 Maimar-e-Okhla Awards and one Good Public Service Award were presented along with a Special Recognition to India’s youngest black belt from Okhla, 6 year old Yuzo Salim. Awards were given in 10 fields of significant contribution which impacted local life including education, health, women empowerment, youth development, human rights, infrastructure, sanitation, peace & harmony, and media. Those who presented the awards comprised session chairman Jawad Siddiqui, chief guest Navaid Hamid the President of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat and such dignitaries as Professor Khwaja M. Shahid, Dr Syed Ahmad Khan, Professor Sabiha Hussain, Dr M. Rafat, Chowdhari Insaf Ali, Dr ST Hashmi, Dr Sirajuddin Ahmad, Ml. Abrar Ahmad Islahi and RJ Naved.

Those who received the Okhla Ratan Awards comprised Gandhian Vimalbhai in peace and harmony, Al-Shifa Hospital in health, Roshan Trust in education, Centre for Equity and Inclusion in women empowerment, Earth Care Mission in sanitation, Islamic Relief India in environment, Jamiatul Ulma Hind (Delhi) in infrastructure, Okhla Times in media, Jamia Teacher’s Solidarity Association in human rights, Wasiya Islam in youth development and Blessing NGO in education. The Good Public Service Award was given to the MCD staff of Ward 102 led by Manohar Lal for fighting the incidence of dengue in Okhla.

Parwaz-e-Okhla Mushayara was enriched by the recitations of such internationally and nationally known poets as Prof Khalid Mehmood, Intizar Naeem, Jawed Siddiqui, Moin Qureshi, Akhtar Azmi, Hamid Ali Akhtar, Bismil Arfi, Farman Chowdhari, Nadir Hussain, Siraj Talib, Niraj Jha, Anjum Inqilabi and Shahbaz Rizvi.

Sajid Anas conducted the seminar and welcomed the guests, whereas Mansoor Agha chairman of the Awards Committee welcomed the guests in the second session which was anchored by Iqbal Khan. In the last session, Anjum Inqilabi as the host made the beginning, hamd and Naat were presented to begin with. Then, Abdul Rashid Agwan welcomed the guests and presented his own poem. Hamid Ali Akhtar anchored the Mushayara.

Mohd. Saad presented vote of thanks in the first session, Dr MA Johar in the second session and Anjum Inqilabi in the Mushayara. Nusrat Ara and Ashfaq Ahmad were the rapporteurs.

Members of the Award Committee comprising Syed Mansoor Agha (chairman), Dr Idrees Qureshi and Ziyauddin Khan also helped in the event in their own way. The team of Ataullah Khan and Iqbal Ahmad Khan interacted with the award nominees and helped in their scrutiny.

The dedicated team formed by Muslehuddin, Vakil Johari and Mohd. Muslim commanded the venue arrangements along with many other volunteers.

The team of Syed Azam Ali and Ashfaq Ahmad helped in data entry of the Dream Okhla Survey Form. The offline forms were mainly collected with the help of Buniyad Educational and Welfare Society, CEQUIN and Social Pride Welfare Society. Dr MA Johar has also collected many forms. The advises from Dr Jawed Alam Khan, Naseem Khan, Aslam Naved and Atif Jung in developing the survey form were of great help. Survey data were analysed and discussed in the Roadmap by Abdul Rashid Agwan.

The conference was organized by Dr MA Johar and supported by many volunteers such as Abdul Rashid Agwan, Syed Shahid Ali, Kunwar Zaheer Ahmad, Zeyauddin Khan, Mohd. Moinuddin, Syed Khalid Ahmad, Ghazala Hashmi, Sajid Anas, Dr Zamir Baig, Dr Abdul Rauf, Muslehuddin, Shahin Kausar, Naseem Khan, Dr Jawed Alam Khan, Aslam Naved, Naushad Ahmad Chauhan, Nafis Ahmad, Mohd. Saad, Ata Khan, Adil Azmi, Iqbal Khan, Mohd. Shamsuddin, Vakil Johari, Shahid Raza, Anjum Inqilabi, Noorullah Khan, Mohd. Nizam, Faizan Arish, Zain Hashmi, Musab Rafiq Agwan, Mohd. Muslim, Syed Azam Ali, Danish Sulemani, Danish Suhail, Nusrat Ara, Ashfaq Ahmad, Atif Jung, Saad Ahmad, Maroof Khan, Mohd. Amin, Azam Tahir, Mohd. Riyaz, Rahil Noaman, Mohd. Faisal, Tipu Sultan, etc. Some volunteers of Indo-International Taekwando Academy, Buniyad NGO, Khudai Khidmatgar and CEQUIN were also there as support.

May be many names could not be mentioned here who helped in the organization of the event especially over 60 donors without whose cooperation it was not possible to hold it.

We pray Allah to give good reward to all those who made the Dream Okhla Conference a success. Amin!

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