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This father-son duo from Rajasthan is a new hope for differently-abled people

Narayan Seva Sansthan hospitals have treated more than 3.5 lakh people. The organization is currently run by Padma Shri recipient Kailashnath Agarwal and his son Prashant Agarwal.

September 28, 2018, 4:37 pm

Narayan Seva Sansthan

Jaipur: Udaipur-based Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS) is bringing about positive changes in the lives of many differently-abled people by providing them proper physical, social and economic necessities free of cost. The organization is currently run by Padma Shri recipient Kailashnath Agarwal and his son Prashant Agarwal. Narayan Seva Sansthan recently hogged headlines when 52 disabled and underprivileged couples from different states of the country tied the knot at a mass wedding ceremony organized by the NGO in Udaipur on September 9. Differently abled brides and bridegrooms found their soul mates. People from around the world attended the event and blessed the newly-wed couples. BJP National President Amit Shah visited Narayan Seva Sansthan on his three-day visit to Rajasthan on September 16 and appreciated their work for the society. Hospitals run by Narayan Seva Sansthan have over 1100-bed capacity with a competent team of 125 doctors and efficient staff where disabled patients are treated and taken care free of cost. Kailashnath and his son Prashant are working towards creating an inclusive society for a section of people which have always been neglected, pitied and taken for granted. Prashant followed his father’s footsteps and carried forward his father’s legacy to improve the existing framework of their organization. The NGO was established by Kailashnath Agarwal in 1985 with the tagline ‘Nar Seva hi Narayan Seva’. The team has worked over the last 3 decades to reach out and rehabilitate differently-abled people. The organization currently has 480 branches in India and 49 branches abroad. More than 3.5 lakh people have been treated at Narayan Seva Sansthan. Patients from all over the country and abroad are treated here without any discrimination. Apart from the treatment, Narayan Seva Sansthan constantly works towards building a better, dignified and self-sustainable life for the disabled people. The organization provides various skill trainings including computer, electrical, hardware, software training to disabled and underprivileged people, so that they can excel in their lives on their own. Kailashnath Agarwal narrating the story behind the establishment of the organization said that a disastrous accident took place at Pindwada of Sirohi district of Rajasthan in 1976. He was shocked and moved to see 43 dead and injured people and decided to help the injured. He admitted the injured to a nearby hospital. An interaction with a patient named Kishan Bhil changed his life. Kishan had reserved a part of his food for his brother and daughter despite being hungry. The plight of the patient made him think of more such people who went hungry to bed every day. Hence, he asked people to contribute flour in the name of Narayan Seva. His wife would then make Chapatis out of the collected flour and distribute it to the needy. From there, Narayan Seva Sansthan was established in 1985. After that, Kailashnath established a hospital for the disabled named Chainraj Lodha Hospital in Udaipur to treat polio affected people free of cost in 1997 with the capacity of 151 beds.

First published: September 28, 2018