Social media post brings to fore Amte family feud
A RAGING feud amongst members of late social activist Baba Amte’s family has come out within the open, with Baba’s sons Vikas and Prakash and their wives Bharti and Mandakini, respectively, issuing a clarification on a number of allegations raised by Vikas’s daughter Sheetal on social media.
Earlier this week, Sheetal had uploaded a video on Facebook, the place she allegedly raised allegations, however eliminated the post inside two hours. The clarification from the senior Amtes learn: “Maharogi Seva Samiti, Warora, is a leading social service organisation in the country. It provided direction and inspiration to the development of the deprived. Lakhs of social activists were trained here. Three generations of Amtes are deeply involved in this work. Among us, Sheetal Gautam Karajgi, nee Sheetal Vikas Amte, has contributed to the work done by our organisation. She, however, is currently facing mental stress and depression. While admitting it in her social media posts, she has made inappropriate statements about the work, trustees and workers of Maharogi Seva Samiti. All her comments are baseless. The Amte family is issuing this statement after mutual discussions to prevent any misunderstanding likely to be caused by Sheetal’s allegations.”
It additional states, “We wish to assure in unison all our beneficiaries, workers and associates that the organisation’s work will continue by keeping up the tradition of the past seven decades,” and appealed individuals “to not believe any false propaganda.”
Sheetal and Gautam Karajgi have responded in an announcement saying, “We stand by our concerns and also most importantly, the values taught to us by our grandparents Baba and Sadhana Amte. We shall, at an appropriate time, issue a detailed statement explaining and supporting our stand. We request the people to trust us and continue to support us till such time. We request the media to not to publish any statements on our behalf and/or against us without confirming with us.”
Baba Amte was conferred India’s second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan for his social work, notably one for leprosy sufferers, carried out at Anandwan, an asylum for the bothered, who have been discarded by the society. Set up in 1959 at Warora in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district, Anandwan is run by Maharogi Seva Samiti (MSS), a public charitable belief of which Vikas Amte is presently the secretary and Sheetal Karajgi the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a post earlier not within the organisation’s unique hierarchial set-up however carved out about three years in the past. Since then, the Karajgis have been in command over Anandwan’s day-to-day affairs.
MSS added two different initiatives below the identify Lok Biradari Prakalp at Somnath in Mul tahsil of Chandrapur district in 1967 and at Hemalkasa in Bhamragad tahsil of Gadchiroli district in 1973. The Hemalkasa venture is taken care of by Prakash and Mandakini Amte, each medical doctors, and their sons Digant and Aniket and their wives Anagha and Sameeksha.
The present conflict has its origins within the rivalry between Sheetal (39) and her brother Kaustubh (43) over management of Anandwan and Somnath. Sheetal had raised a number of allegations of irregularities in opposition to Kaustubh, main to his resignation from the MSS belief about 5 years in the past. After Kaustubh’s resignation, she additionally eliminated a few of organisation’s previous palms, attracting accusations of operating the organisation in “corporate and authoritative style”.
Sheetal beforehand countered allegations, saying the organisation wants to change its methods of functioning to survive and infusing these adjustments was being wrongly dubbed corporatisation. She additionally refuted all allegations of her high-handed administration at Anandwan alongside along with her husband.
When contacted, she stated, “We have issued our statement,”.
The family feud spiralled out of elders’ management on October 29 when, in a digital assembly of the belief, MSS belief member Narendra Mistri proposed the induction of Kaustubh into the nine-member belief that presently has seven working members, 4 of them being Vikas, Prakash, Digant and Sheetal herself. Although Sheetal opposed the decision, the belief went forward and obtained the signatures of different trustees. In response, Sheetal put out a video on Facebook, elevating a number of allegations in opposition to Kaustubh, Aniket and Prakash, however eliminated it inside two hours.
On why she selected the social media to make clear her stand, and subsequently eliminated her post, Sheetal stated, “I will consult my lawyer before saying anything”.
While Vikas Amte couldn’t be reached for his remark, Prakash stated, “We have issued a statement clarifying our stand.”
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