Servants of the People Society
Lajpat Bhawan, Lajpat Nagar,
Servants of the People Society was founded by Lala Lajpat Rai in his house, Lajpat Bhawan, 2 Court Street, Lahore, in 1921. It was formally inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on 9th November, 1921. After partition of the country in 1947, it was shifted at the residence of Lala Achint Ram, M.P., 2-Telegraph Lane, New Delhi. The construction of Lajpat Bhawan at Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi 110024 was started in 1956. Its foundation stone was laid by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India. The Headquarters of the Society was shifted to Lajpat Bhawan in 1960.
Since then, the Head Office is functioning in this building. Later, Delhi Branch, Balwantrai Mehta Vidyabhawan, Alopathic Medical Clinic, Homoeopathic Dispensary, Yoga Centre, Masala Centre, Lal Bahadur Shastri Auditorium, staff quarters and bunglows were added to the Lajpat Bhawan complex, in phases.
The function of the Head Office of the Society is to hold meetings of the General Body, Executive Council and to discuss and decide about the policies, programmes of the Society. It also controls the finances and properties of the Society including its 17 branches/centers located in different cities ofthe country.
Martyrdom Day of Sher-e-Punjab Lala Lajpat Rai :
To commemorate Lalaji's martyrdom day, a function is held every year at Lajpat Bhawan on the 17th November, which is generally attended by a large number of persons. Prior to the main function, inter-school competitions in various disciplines are held where slowlearning and physically handicapped students also participate.
Collected Works of Lala Lajpat Rai :
Lala Lajpat Rai was not only a freedom fighter but a great crusader against the social ills plaguing the Indian society. Besides being a great orator, Lalaji was a prolific writer and wrote a number of books on religion, social and political subjects. His writings are appropriate and relevant to the present day conditions. Like other great leaders of India, it was felt imperative by the Society to publish articles, speeches and letters on or by Lalaji and record them in one place for the posterity. The Society approached the Department of Culture, Government of India, who sanctioned necessary grant for publishing ‘Collected Works of Lala Lajpat Rai.’
The office of Collected Works of Lala Lajpat Rai was established in September, 1999 at Lajpat Bhawan, New Delhi, under the guidance of late Dr. B.R. Nanda, an eminent historian as its Chief Editor. The volumes published were released by distinguished personalities of India as shown below:
|Vol.No||Date of Release||
|I||17 November 2002||Shri I.K. Gujral, Trustee of the Society and Former Prime Minister|
|II||10th September 2003||Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, The Then Prime Minister of India.|
|III||17th November 2003||Shri I.K. Gujral, Trustee of the Society and Former Prime Minister of India|
|IV & V||2nd August 2004||Dr. APJAbdul Kalam President of India|
|VI||20th April 2005||Shri Jaipal Reddy Union Minister for Urban Development|
|VII||28th November 2005||
Mata Satyavatiji and Shri I.K. Gujral
(In the absence of Shri Somnath Chatterjee, Hon’ble Speaker, LokSabha)
|VIII to XV||These volumes were released by Shri Manubhai Patel, President of the SOPS.|
lajpat Rai Cultural Centre, Vinobhapuri, lajpat Nagar II, New Delhi.
The construction of Community Hall at Vinobhapuri, New Delhi, has been completed by the DDA. The Society has been allotted 2nd floor measuring 153 sq. mtrs. of the covered area along with terrace on perpetual lease where lal Bahadur Shastri Seva Niketan has restarted Lal Bahadur Shastri Library, which was earlier functioning in the old building. The rest of the building has been retained by the Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism & Culture for Gym and cultural activities Delhi Public Library has opened a branch of the Library in the Hall.
Dr. Gopichand Bhargav Farm at Village Rattipur, Panipat.
The farm measuring 141.5 acres of land, located at Village Rattipur, near Panipat (Haryana) is being cultivated by the Society through Shri Bhimsen Yadav, Treasurer of the Society. Wheat & rice are the only two crops sowed. Quality of rice produce in our farm is of better quality and there is demand in the market of our produce.
Consolidation of Accounts:
The accounts of all the branches/centres of the Society are scrutinized periodically by the Head Office at Delhi. The Life Members/lncharge of Branches/Cetre are requested to maintain the accounts properly to ensure transparency and accountability. The accounts are consolidated at the Head Office in the month of March/April, audited by our Chartered Accountants and submitted to the Income Tax office.
Immovable Properties of the Society:
The Society has seventeen Branches/Centres located at different places throughout the country. These are managed independently by each Life Member Incharge and the authentic record of the existing properties of each Branch/Centre is maintained at the Head Office.