Lajpat Bhawan, Sector-15-B
The Headquarters of the Servants of the People Society, before partition of the country, was at Lajpat Rai Bhawan (now in Pakistan) Lahore, the residence of Lala Lajpat Rai, who had donated his bungalow to the Society. It was a hub of revolutionaries where leaders of all communities would frequently meet and discuss future course of action for freedom of the country. After partition in 1947, the credit of conceiving and initiating the idea of shifting the Society at Chandigarh goes to late Lala Achint Ram who was closely connected with the activities of the Society even before the partition ofthe country.
In 1960 the Society decided to contruct Lajpat Rai Bhawan at Chandigarh on one acre plot of land received from the Punjab Government. Later, another 2.5 kanals of land was added to it, which was transformed into a children park. The Bhawan is situated on Madhya Marg in Sector 15-B, Chandigarh. Its foundation was laid on 15th December, 1962 by then President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. At present it is being managed by Shri Onkar Chand, Life Member of the Society.
THE MAIN ACTIVITIES OF THE CENTER
Martyrdom Day Celebrations of Lala Lajpat Rai:
As a gratitude to the sacrifices made by Lala Lajpat Rai for the freedom of the country, Chandigarh Branch has made it obligatory to celebrate the Martyrdom Day of Lalaji every year regularly by holding a fortnight long programme from 17-30 November. During this fortnight the Branch organizes different activities concerning youth and the senior citizens of Chandigarh. On 17 November an exhibition is organised on Lalaji's memorabilia where some of his personal belongings, books on his life and works, rare documents, manuscripts collected by Dwarka Dass Library are exhibited. Seminars and lectures are also organized.
In addition to these, an 'On the Spot Paintings' and slogan writings by school children, Gurbani recitation, annual anthem recitation, patriotic song singing, multilingual mushiara in the memory of Lalaji is also held. Health camps in colonies and villages are also organised. The final function of the fortnight is held on the 30th November in the memory of Lala Achint Ram, the founder of Chandigarh Branch. This day is observed as social workers' day. On this day Havan and Prarthana Sabha and lectures by prominent social workers of India are held.
Under this project people are initiated into a new life of health and happiness. Shri Gian Chand Sharda, a retired Central Government officer, donated Rs.45 lac as a gift to the Branch. It has indeed been a great contribution to the project.
Senior Citizens Centre:
This centre was established in 1991 and is perhaps the oldest such centre functioning in Chandigarh. It has over 1400 life members above the age of 60.
Birthday of each member of the centre is regularly celebrated with great enthusiasm on the last Monday of each month. Talented members entertain by singing songs, reciting poems, jokes and anecdotes etc. In addition, experts in the field of medical science, spiritual science, income tax, banking field are invited to enlighten the members and give tips as to how the seniors can keep themselves physically and mentally fit. The centre has taken up a new initiative to visit the senior citizens at their homes who are not attending the functions due to failing health or being bed ridden.
Elders Day Celebration
The Elder’s Day is celebrated world over on 1st October every year.
Chandigarh Branch is running two dispensaries (1) in the premises of Lajpat Rai Bhawan and (2) at village Behlopur. The dispensary at Lajpat Rai Bhawan functions as policlinic on every Wednesday where a team of experienced and dedicated doctors provide free consultation and treatment in Allopathic, Homoeopathy, Ophthalmology, Physiotherapy and acupressure, not only to members but also to patients from general public and those referred to by others charitable organizations. A well equipped clinical laboratory is operative in the complex to carry out various types of lab tests, & ECG etc of the members and the poor on every Wednesday. The homeopathic dispensary functions at Lajpat Rai Bhawan 5 days a week.