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DEVELOPMENT of Human Resources in Rural Areas (DHRRA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) involved in community development projects since 2003, has initiated another programme to reach out to the grassroots.

The programme, Reengineering Indian Community, is to gather information, ideas, thoughts and suggestions from the community.

DHRAA Malaysia president S. Saravanan said the NGO hoped to identify community issues through its website – www.DhrraRIC.com

“The website will also function to pool recommendations to solve the issues.

“We plan to uplift the Indian community in 10 years.

“We will forward the community’s views, expectations and comments received through the website to the relevant government agencies and NGOs for action,” said Saravanan after launching the website.

Also present at the launch were DHRRA advisors Datuk N. Marimuthu and Datuk T. Indrani and executive director R. Nanthini.

The website has nine topics – economy, community, education, employment, sports, social, law and policy, housing and general – for the public to give their ideas.

“The website will be accessible for two months.

“We will compile the views, suggestions and opinions within one month.

“The public can also contact our office for this purpose,” said Saravanan.

Since its formation, DHRRA has been focusing on the stateless – those without proper documents. A total of 11,534 people have registered with the NGO.

DHRRA has succeeded in getting the relevant documents – birth certificate, citizenship and MyKad – for almost 70% of the applicants.

DHRRA also conducted a registration exercise in four states, namely Kedah, Perak, Selangor and Negri Sembilan, last year.

The registration exercise was conducted door-to door, said Saravanan.

“A total of 10,052 have registered with DHRRA and we are in the process of settling the cases with the National Registration Department,” he said.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has also endorsed DHRRA’s programmes.

DHRRA has also initiated sports programmes and teamed up with Klang-based Destiny Badminton Club to conduct weekly training sessions for the less fortunate.

Saravanan said sports was an excellent platform for young children to socialise with the community.

“We are pleased with the children as some of them have had a major impact in local age-group competitions.

“We are looking at other sports.

“We had also organised blood donation campaigns as well as medical camps.

“Hopefully the public’s feedback will help us in drawing up training and development programmes,” said Saravanan.

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