WHAT WE DO
The Trust deed laid down that income and also the corpus shall be used for conduct and promotion of the manifold constructive activities with which Mahatma Gandhi was associated and any other activities in furtherance of his ideals. From 1952 to 1959 the work of the Nidhi was conducted from Delhi. Various specialized organizations for carrying on work in exclusive fields of constructive work were set up. Later in 1962-63 separate state Bodies were established and registered as a State Gandhi Smarak Nidhi. The Corpus of the trust collected by each state and interests accruing on its investments, both central and state continued to remain in the custody of holding trustees in New Delhi.
The Bhoodan & Gramadan Movements
Lectures and Seminars
Lectures, Seminars and Conference are organized as regular programmes in joint collaboration of GPF and KGSN. The Gandhi Bhavan building is now extended to house khadi and village industries institution under an agreement with the Karnataka khadi gramodyoga Samyukta sangha (Federation) and with the cooperation of the khadi and V.I. Commission Activities at Gandhi Bhavan. Gandhi Bhavan has instituted the following awards.
- The best book published in kannada during that year relating to Gandhi, Vinoba or National importance awarded a cash prize of Rs. 2000/-
- A senior Gandhian or sarvodaya worker is honoured every year,
- There are various endowments in the name of Eminent people and freedom fighters like
- Jayashree Trust
- Sardar K Venkataramaiah
- Narasimha Dabade
- B Narayanappa
In addition, Gandhian literature is made available to school and colleges in rural areas during the meeting of the Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi and GPF insuch rural areas It is proposed to bring the message Gandhi and Vinoba to school children by instituting an essay/debate competition in school and colleges. The committee meeting are held frequently all over the state. The schools and colleges in the neighborhood are visited and Gandhian thinking is introduced to the children.
GANDHI GRANTHAMALA PROJECTS
NATURE CURE AND LEPROSY WORK
KARNATAKA GANDHI SMARAK NIDHI
GRAMASEVA 1948 AND 1956
In accordance with the objectives of the Nidhi at National level the State Board launched a number of major activities. The Major trust was on the Gandhian way of Samagra Gram Seva. All other programmes were for strengthening the ideology of Sarvodaya as the basis of every one of the activities.
The Publication of the Gandhiji’s writings in various Indian languages was a major preoccupation of Nidhi centres in various states.