The foundation of Ekal Abhiyan – Surat chapter was laid in 1997 with “Ram Katha” by Shree Vijay Kaushal Ji Maharaj but Friends of Tribals Society “Van Bandhu Parishad” Surat Chapter was officially established on 20-05-2021. Amongst the founder members, Shree Mahendra Kumar Choudhary as President Shree Indrachand Baid as Secretary, Shree Suresh Agarwal (Rupa) as Treasurer and Shree Rajkumar Agarwala’s Organisation Secretary were entrusted with the responsibility of the newly formed chapter.
Respected Shri Shyam Ji Gupt, Shri Purshottamdas Chitlangiya, Shri Rameshwarlal Kabra, and Shree Sajjan Bhajjanka, along with other revered members of Van Bandhu Parishad from different places, graced this auspicious occasion. The presence of esteemed members Enriched the event, which commenced with a morning Havan Pujan followed by the inauguration ceremony of the chapter at 10 o’clock.
In the early evening, Shree Manas Mandal Surat Organised a grand Sundarkand Paath. On the same day, a significant gathering of Mahila Samiti was also convened. Alongside the main coordinators of the Surat chapter, the Mahila Samiti also determined and committed itself in uplifting the tribal community through various initiatives of Van Bandhu Parishad.
I am experiencing a sense of great honour upon being entrusted with the responsibility of President of Friends of Tribals Society, Surat Chapter for the 3rd time. Although I have been actively involved in the Surat Chapter since its inception, senior members have bestowed upon me this opportunity to serve our Vanvasi community. I express heartfelt gratitude to all of them. We need your invaluable suggestions as we strive for success in this challenging task. In the tenure of 2023-25, we are prepared to work together with all members and embrace their new ideas. I am confident that through the organized efforts of the new executive committee of the Surat Chapter, we will achieve significant progress towards the mission and vision of Ekal Abhiyan.