Red Rickshaw Revolution reaches West Bengal

After having travelled to 6 states and inaugurated 9 dCIRCs (digital Community Information Resource Centres), the Red Rickshaw Revolution finally entered West Bengal on 15 December 2014. There have been already nine dCIRCs inaugurated so far. They were in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, and Odisha. Being the last of the inaugurations, this centre in a quiet remote village in South 24 Paragana witnessed a lot of activity on this day.

The Chief Guest, Dr. Sasadhar Purkait, President of Vivekananda Sevakendra O Shishu Udyan(VSSU) and the woman leader, Jhuma Mandal, Pradan and President of the Panchayat Samiti of Mandir Bazaar arrive at the dCIRC. They were given a warm welcome by the eagerly awaiting dCIRC staff and volunteers. Mr. Osama Manzar, Founder Director of DEF explained to Dr. Purkait on how the centre will work. After a quick round the centre, Dr. Purkait, Mrs. Mandal, and Ritika Agrawal from the Vodafone Foundation were taken to a cultural show in a red painted red rickshaw which is specially designed for Red Rickshaw Revolution.

The audience was addressed by Dr.Purkait, Mr. Osama Manzar, Mr. Kapil Mandal, Mrs. Jhuma Mandal, and Mr. Achintya , Block Development Officer. There was a big team from DEF to witness the last of the dCIRC inaugurations - Chitra Chauhan, Gayatri Handique, Shah Alam, Basu Rai and Avesta Choudhary. There were a total of 800 local guests who attended the event.

There was a small cultural show that was organized at the event. The Pradan and Panchayat Samiti President, Jhuma Madal was felicitated by Ritika Agrawal from Vodafone Foundation for her exceptional work in her Panchayat.
At the end of the cultural show, there was a contest organized at the venue that received a lot of participation from the enthusiastic guests. All the winners received gifts from the Vodafone Foundation.