Hariharnath Shastri Bhawan
10/425, Khalasi Line
In 1926, land measuring 1.05 acres was purchased from Kanpur Improvement Trust to start a labour centre at Khalasi Line (Gwaltoli). In 1940 L. Mohan Lal, Secretary of the Society executed formal deed with Kanpur Improvement Trust. Shri Harihar Nath Shastri, Life Member of the Society and a well-known Labour Leader of international fame was given charge ofthis centre. He died in an air crash in 1953. Shri Raja Ram Shastri, M.L.C., Labour Leader and Life Member of the Society succeeded him as incharge of the centre. A building consisting of 4 sets each of 3 rooms plus toilets, etc. at ground floor and first floor was constructed in 1957. The Construction of Harihar Nath Shastri Hall was started in 1966. Shri Raja Ram Shastri expired on 02.03.1984. At present Shri Deepak Malviya, Secretary of the Society and Shri Niranjan Bhartiya, a local labour leader, Secretary of the local advisory committee are managing the affairs of Kanpur Branch.
1. RAJA RAM SHASTRI SHISHU MANDIR
Raja Ram Shastri Shishu Mandir (earlier known as Shastri Shishu Mandir continued its all round progress during the period under report. Annual Examination results during the report-period were also quite satisfactory. Special English Medium classes (P.G. to IlIrd) started during 2005-08 correlate to the new trend of public school system. English medium primary section has also been started.
2. LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI LIBRARY AND READING ROOM
Several new books were added to the Library and the reading room was given a utility touch. Plans are to make the library a student oriented reference centre.
3. LOK SEVAK MANDAI EDUCATION CENTRE
In view of the fact that Kanpur is emerging as a leading coaching centre for professional and competitive examinations, Lok Sevak Mandai Education Centre was set up in 2003. Initially the Education Centre concentrated on improving the standard of education by starting coaching classes for Higher Secondary Classes (IX & X) of the UP Board.
4. SMT. SHAKUNTALA SRIVASTAVA WORKING WOMEN HOSTEL
The Hostel started with 36 working women and is well equipped with child centre to help working women-inmates. The hostel has 21 rooms besides Dining Hall and Mess. A visitor’s room serves as a reading room in which several useful journals in addition to National Dailies are subscribed.
5. SUCHNA-KA-ADHIKARABHIYAN (R.T.I.)
Organised awareness camp, mobile camp, nukad natak, seminars at different times.
6. SAMVEDNA PARIWAR
Launched to assist common people in getting their grievances redressed.
7. COMMUNITY HALL
Community Hall located in the complex is of fairly large size. Initially it was built for organizing our own functions, however, on popular demand of the people living nearby, the hall, now-a-days, is also rented out to the outsiders, subject to verification for organizing social functions, marriages and holding seminars and discussions by labour organizations etc. The hall remains occupied almost throughout the year.
8. SAMITI - GUEST HOUSE
Recently a guest house consisting of two rooms with necessary facilities was built for accommodating officials of the Society visiting Kanpur branch on official work and also social activists of the country.
9. LALA LAJPAT RAI BIRTHDAY
Lala Lajpat Rai Birthday is celebrated regularly every year in a most befitting manner on 28 January. This day is called as ‘Yuva Divas’ and on the occasion competitions on different topics, declamation contests and painting competitions among the school children are organized.
10. LALA LAJPAT RAI MARTYRDOM DAY
Since the establishment of Kanpur Branch we have been regularly celebrating the Martyrdom Day of Lalaji on 17 November in the complex. It is largely attended by the local people and school children who also participate in various competitions.