Taking up the two vital tasks put forth by Mahatma Gandhi days before his assassination in 1948, a National Convention was organised in the city on Friday, in which several resolutions were passed.
These included setting up a true Gandhian political party for the purpose, if necessary, and constituting a body that will take up the task of all-round empowerment.
The convention attended by eminent Gandhians, freedom fighters and social workers discussed the possibilities to promote the agenda of ‘Lok Sevaks’ to achieve the task unfinished by the Mahatma.
They also recalled what Gandhiji had said three days before his assassination — that people should be empowered by Lok Sevaks Sangh economically, socially, morally and politically to enable them to play their part effectively in all levels of democracy.
It was decided during the convention that a body on the lines of the Lok Sevak Sangh will be constituted to take up the task of empowerment.
S N Subba Rao, who is at present the director of the national youth project, will be the president and will hold the authority to associate others of his choice in fulfilment of the tasks.
He will also take the required steps to form a permanent national level organisation with a suitable name.
With suggestions made by delegates at the convention, former Union Cabinet minister Arif Mohamad Khan was chosen as the authority to take up the task at a political level and work through them.
It was also decided during the convention that P V Rajagopal, who was the founder and president of Ekta Parishad, Bhopal, will lead in organising non-violent agitation or satyagraha to make sure the powers bestowed on them is used to implement the socio-economic, moral and political reforms. “Tamil labourers rescued in North India like Bhopal and sent back to Tamil Nadu are not rehabilitated. ‘Panchami’ lands are not being given to Dalits. It has been decided that a committee would be set upto see how the task of empowering poor people is being undertaken,” he said.