Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation

The MMCF has made arrangements for providing pensions to the old staff members and retainers of the Maharana. These include guards, soldiers, office workers, priests and other such employees. Under the sub-title Parvarish, in the charter of activities, a number of persons receive charity from the Trust. These numbers can range from say 32 in the month of April 1999 to 29 persons receiving aid in April 1998.

From April 1, 1999 to January 31, 2000, 321 people received endowments and Rs 1,50,736/- was spent by the MMCF for this purpose.

Donations cover a diverse range of charitable expenditure. The areas can be as disparate as medical expenses to monies spent for the upliftment of the poor and backward members of Mewari society. In October 1970, donations were made to an institute that promoted sports, and more specifically, swimming championships in Udaipur. In the same month, a donation was also paid to a renowned astrologer for outstanding contributions in the field of Astrology. The year 1970 also saw a donation made out to the Telegraph and Telephone Association, Udaipur, for expenses towards their Annual Conference.

Donations have also been paid out to educational institutes. In 1969, an amount was paid to a Government Girl’s Primary School in Hathipole, Udaipur, for constructing school classrooms. Tilakdhari College in Jonpur received an endowment to extend the college building. March 1972 saw a donation being paid to artists commemorating Maharana Pratap. In December 1971, donations were made to Vivek Vidya Mandir, (a school), to the Maharana Kumbha Rajput Hostel in Bhilwara and for the construction of a school building for the Gyan Mandir Samittee. In 1979, a donation was paid to the Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad in Kota, for constructing a students hostel. The Gayakward Cricket Benefit Fund received aid towards promoting cricket for underprivileged children. In May 1992, a generous donation was paid to Vidya Pracharini Sabha, an educational institute, for hosting an All India Poets Gathering in Udaipur. Women’s educational programmes and tribal educational programmes have received much attention and encouragement from the MMCF. Endowments in the form of donations have been made out to the Rajasthan Mahila (women's) Parishad, to the Sainik Board for the welfare of army widows, and to the local blind school.
Soldiers have also received support from the MMCF. Donations have been paid towards their welfare and towards the upkeep of hostels and learning centres. Cultural Institutes and Centres of learning have also benefited from the MMCF. The Bharatiya Sanskriti Institute, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (for relief activities towards flood and cyclone victims) and the Vidyadan Trust have each been the beneficiary of charitable endowments made by MMCF.

The activities of the MMCF are wide reaching and cover all members of society without distinction of caste or religious inclinations. A generous donation was paid to the Paltan Mosque for extensive renovations. Payments in the form of donations have also been made towards honouring Islamic religious festivals. To highlight an example, from April 1, 1999 to January 31, 2000, a generous donation was paid to President, Faiz Hussain Committee to honour Muslim religious festivals. In the same month, a donation was also made to the Dhuni Mata Temple towards financial help for maintenance of the temple.

Donations have also been paid out towards research programmes, documenting the history and civilisation of Rajput culture. The Maharana Mewar Research Institute and the Maharana Mewar Historical Publications Trust have benefited from such proceeds.

Financial assistance in the form of donations is also given for medical and other miscellaneous purposes. For example, in the month of May 1999, donations were given to a man from Dungarpur, for the medical treatment of his daughter suffering from cancer. A donation was also paid to the Manager of Rajasthan Vidya Peeth, Udaipur for developing and running a Reading Room in Udaipur, for public awareness.

From April 1, 1999 to January 31, 2000, a total of 12 persons benefited from this service and Rs 1,82,068/- were spent in that month.

Scholarships are awarded to students at every level of education, from primary school to post-graduate research scholars. In many cases, had it not been for the intervention of the trust, the individual students’ academic career would have come to a halt. Both men and women applicants are treated fairly and without bias. The numbers can range from a single scholarship granted to one student to cover their entire course of graduate studies or, to a number of students to help subsidize school fees. From 1, April 1999 to 31 January 2000 some 30 individuals were recipients of charity from this trust and Rs 1,69,977/- was spent on scholarships alone.

The trust has also sponsored and subsidised the presentation of research papers at symposia both in India, and across the globe.

Promotion of Games and Sports
Financial assistance is also conferred towards the Promotion of Games and Sports. For example, in the month of April 1999, two National level Cricket players received financial assistance towards their tour of England and Scotland. This will also benefit and promote cricket in the erstwhile Mewar area.

From April 1, 1999 to January 31, 2000, 6 recipients obtained assistance and Rs 43,003/- was spent.

Medical Aid
Medical Aid is an important activity of the MMCF. The common citizen of Mewar, and other precincts in Rajasthan can apply for medical benefits and assistance. The Trust disseminates funds fairly and without any prejudices. Appeals made for such medical assistance is overwhelming. The Trust has to be judicious and compassionate in its responsibilities. So as to maximise benefits; the trust has also included a category of Miscellaneous Charity, which covers ground left uncovered, by the previous category. Miscellaneous Charity funding is activated in special cases only, or when demand outweighs the funding available. In most cases, the people applying for assistance are nearing a life or death situation. Along with this category, the Trust also runs a Charitable Dispensary. The dispensary, which operates all year round, aims to provide free medical counselling and medicines to the poor, who are unable to afford private medical treatment. This of course comprises a substantial part of the community. The charitable dispensary is contained within the City Palace complex.

Medical aid is granted in many differing situations. The treatments can range from assistance to geriatrics to monetary reimbursement for social workers for distributing medicines to poor and disabled people in villages. In the month of March 1999, financial assistance was given for geriatric treatments, to cover the costs of a heart operation in Bikaner, and to a woman for feminine treatment in Udaipur. Monies have also been paid for the care and treatment of paralysed patients. A Muslim social worker was given financial assistance over a number of years, for distributing medicines and food to poor patients in the Udaipur General Hospital. Treatment of respiratory problems, reimbursement of medical bills to social workers who distribute medicines to the poor in neighbouring villages, burn victims, dental treatments, broken bones and prosthetic limbs are all covered by the charity. Serious diseases like tuberculosis and cancer treatments are also funded by the charity.

From April 1, 1999 to January 31, 2000, 14 individuals benefited from the MMCF, and Rs 82,744/- was spent.

Maintenance and Expansion of the Library
The Maharana Mewar Special Library was funded by the MMCF. The new Library is an unrivalled facility in the intellectual and cultural life of Udaipur City. Located within the City Palace complex, below Bada Chowk, near the Maharana Mewar Public School, this new Library hopes to act as a central Library for all the educational institutions connected with the MMCF. Maintenance of the library as well as the acquiring of new books, periodicals and journals also constitutes an important activity for the MMCF.   more...
Maintenance and Preservation of Heritage Property
Maintenance and Preservation of Heritage Property is also attended to by the Trust. During the month, regular expenses are incurred towards security and upkeep of Foundation property and on preservation of Mewar culture in the form of antiques in Museums or manuscripts. more...
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