Tuesday, January 15, 2008

'Every Jain should be able to employ 1000 individuals'

MUMBAI: Speaking at the inauguration of a four-day trade fair organised by Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO), its President Hemant Shah expressed the desire that every young Jain should be economically empowered so as to employ 1000 individuals each.

Stressing on Jain unity, he appealed that the Jains should overcome obstacles that may come in the way of their unity, under the banner of JITO.

The JITO Triple Grand Event, comprising Multi-Product Trade Fair, International Business and Industry Conference and Jain Pavilion, is being held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon. JITO is a world wide body of Jains set to achieve socio-economic empowerment, value based education, community welfare, practice of compassion, spiritual upliftment of fellow beings through global fellowship.

"JITO doesn't believe in talking, but in actions. The facilitation of 60 people took 60 seconds, but their contribution to business, industry and society is noteable," Shah said. He added that it is also necessary that instead of being critical, people have to appreciate the good work that is being done.

JITO Secretary General Shantilal Kawar recalled the formation of the residential training institute for aspirants of the union and state civil services, which is one of the dream projects of JITO.

Kawar said that when he discussed the concept of the civil services examination training centre with their religious leader, the latter called him over one day and told him that it was an auspicious day to start work on the institute and asked him to call up individuals to seek their support. Not surprisingly, of the 13 individuals contacted, three promised to contribute Rs 1.5 crore each to become the trustees immediately, Kawar added. Today, the institute has 23 trustees and it requires a total of 32.

Rasiklal Dhariwal, another Jain industrialist, described Shah and Kawar as the two wheels of the chariot of JITO, who have been taking JITO ahead at a great speed and expressed confidence that the Jain community would give them all support. Dhariwal said that he has been sponsoring film award functions over the years and he has realised that by doing so he was merely entertaining people, but today he had an opportunity to contribute to the future of the Jain youth.

The religious leader, who is instrumental in the formation of JITO, gave an example of a Jain collector of Vadodra, who saved the lives of thousands of animals, preventing their slaughter, by making a statement that they are diseased. He said that JITO is the amalgamation of philanthropy, universal brotherhood and the welfare of all living beings.

The religious leader, who does not like his name or photograph being carried by the media, said that Ratan Tata expressed pleasure that Jains are coming together under one banner and described the unity as the ocean of philanthropy.

Earlier in the day hoisting of the national flag and the Jain flag marked the beginning of the JITO Triple Event. Later, the Jain Pavilion, which has on display some of the finest and rarest pieces of Jain art and sculpture, was inaugurated.

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