SRI KARTHIKA THIRUNAL LAKSHMI BAI GERIATRIC CENTRE – Poojapura , Trivandrum
The idea of a home for the senior citizen was in the mind of Rotarians for the Rotary Club of Trivandrum from the early 1975. It was discussed in the board of directors meeting and the general body. Finally Rtn. C Narayanan Nair was authorised to meet the members of the Royal family of Travancore to suggest that the club is interested to undertake a suitable project to commemorate the 60th birthday of H H Maharani Karthika Thirunal Lakshmi Bai which is on the month of November 1976. The club suggested starting a Geriatric centre of Poojapura next to the Rotary Club Clinic which was already in fall swing so that medical help is also available to the inmates
The suggestion was well accepted and approved by the Royal family and Rtn C. Narayanan Nair was requested to coordinate the project after registering under the Travancore cochin literacy, certificate and charitable societies act XII 1955. This was done immediately and
we received the certificate with registered no 83 of 1976 dated 27th day of March 1976.
The Rotary club negotiated with the Hindu Mahila Samajam and they where good enough to allow about 27 cent of land near the Rotary Clinic on lease for 50 years an amount of Rs.35000/- was paid to Hindu Mahila Samajam by the Kowdiar palace as donation for the social commitment and their generosity.
The foundation stone was laid on 12th October 1976 the 60th birthday of H H KarthikaThirunal Lashmi Bai by the kerala governor his excellency Sri N N Wanchoo in the presence of royal family members and Rotarians and Rotarian. The meeting was presided by their Hon. Health Minister of Kerala Sri. N.K.Balakrishnan.
The building plan was prepared by Rtn. M Ramaswamy Iyer which was approved by the general body and Mr. Retnaswamy (PRS) was given the task of construction in time that is before May 1977. The Royal Family members visited the site in the course of construction a number of times giving suggestions and alterations and took keen interest and enthusiasm. The Building was completed in 1977 and was inaugurated by Field Marshal Cariappa on 9th September 1977 well attended by people from all works of life.
The centre made a steady progress over the years and on the ground floor houses on dormitory divided in two halves one for the ladies and one for gents. The first floor has 8 single rooms, the second floor 4 single rooms, two three bedded rooms and a suite. The kitchen and dinning hall are located in the basement.
The Royal family of Travancore contributed the entire amount for the building construction and continued their help when ever the centre needed. The amount donated by the inmates voluntarly were invested in fixed deposits, UTI certificates and govt. bonds. The interest accrued from their deposits and the deposits made by the Royal family were used for the welfare of the centre and for routine expenditures. The Members of the Rotary Club also contributed monthly over and above their voluntary contribution.
The adminstration, maintanance and discipline is controlled by a committee constituting of the Rotary Club President and Secretary as ex officio members, nominated member by the Rotary club, nominated members of the Royal Family of Travancore and representatives of the Hindu Mahila Samjam, The Members of the rotary club visit the centre periodically and discuss matters arising in their stay, comfort, food etc.
The Club’s Special meetings were also held at the centre, with entertainments and film show. TV, reading materials & periodicals were also donated by the club. It is one of our prestigious permanent projects and was well acclaimed by all the Rotary District Governors and those who have visited the Centre.