Awareness Group- a voluntary organisation
comprising dedicated and concerned citizens
was established and registered under the
Societies Act, 1860 , on 28th December,
1994, with a view to creating awareness
about health, sanitation, environment and
consumer problems and also to work for
national integration by organizing public
meetings, declamations contests, paper
reading contests, poster painting
competitions and by distribution of
It is known fact that the Citizens Awareness Group has been marching ahead with speed and has never looked back. We have been able to create awareness about AIDS, Leprosy, Iodine deficiency disorder, pulse polio, blindness control, sanitation, anti-smoking and drug de-addiction etc. by different means among the residents of the City Beautiful and usher in an era of hope for the down-trodden and helpless sections of society and bring cheer and colour on grim and gloomy faces.
This achievement has created a feeling in the administration that we have done real useful work in this direction. We won the award for AIDS awareness from Shri. K.K. Khandelwal, Deputy Commissioner, on 01-12-1995, for leprosy awareness from her excellecy Smt. Rama Chhibber on 22-08-1997, for pulse polio from Smt. Anuradha Gupta, home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, on 21-10-1997 for Matri Suraksha Abhiyan from Smt. Rama Chhibber on 13-08-1998 for preventation and control of AIDS from Lt. Gen. J.F.R.Jacob (Retd.) Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, on 01-12-2000, from Smt. Neeru Nanda, Advisor to Administrator on 01-12-2001 and Sh. Kasan A.Singh , Finanace Secretary Chandigarh Administration on 01-12-2003. We also won award for creating traffic awareness from Sh. Vivek Gogia DIG Police U.T. Administration on 07.01.07.
We were invited to the “National Workshop of NGO’s on HIV/AIDS at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on Jan 15-16, 1998. On the invitation of Pakistan – India peoples forum for Peace & Democracy we visited Peshawar to attend a joint convention on November 21-22, 1998, and on the invitation of South Asia Fraternity and Lahore Tax Bar Association, we visited Lahore on March 20, 1999, at launching ceremony of the book ‘Samjhota Express’ written by Awis Sheikh, a famous author of Pakistan.
The role of media (print as well as electronics) during the awareness generation programmes conducted by the group has been greatly appreciated. It is mainly because of the whole hearted support and co-operation of media that Citizen Awareness Group has emerged as one of key N.G.O. in the country and abroad. We have been admitted as Member of Consumer Coordination Council (CCC) New Delhi, Pakistan – India people’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) New Delhi, South Asia Faternity (SAF) New Delhi, National Aids Control Organization (NACO), New Delhi, Indian Network of NGO’s on HIV/AIDS (INN) Ahmedabad, Common Wealth Human Rights Initative (CHRI), New Delhi, Naaz Foundation International, Lucknow and Human Rights Law Network, (HRLN) New Delhi, All India Committee for Eradication of Illiteracy among Women New Delhi, Women Power connect (WPC) New Delhi and Aassociation of Democratic Reforms (A.D.R.) New Delhi, All India Conference of Intellectuals, Meerut.
We are recognized as Investor Association by Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Mumbai w.e.f 5th June, 2007 and Consumer Advocacy group by Telecom regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) New Delhi w.e.f. 30th July, 2007. We organised various Investors Awareness programmes in association with SEBI, LSE, NSE, DSE and other corporate bodies like CAS, ICWI and Company Secretaries in the vicinity of Chandigarh, Panjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. We also take up investors complaints and try to solve them. We plan to start Investors helpline for grievance redressal mechanism of the investors and Investors Clubs in educational institutions to generate awareness about the Financial investments.
Similarly we organise workshops for Consumer Advocacy and attend public complain with regard to deficiency in Services and defect in goods. We plan to start Consumer helpline for consumer related problems and start consumer clubs to educate the students regarding consumer protection act 1987 and consumer redressal mechanism.
In June 2009, we were invited to join Partnership Initiative Programme in Rehabilitation of Differently abled persons, Tree Plantation, Alternates School Education Programme for out of School Street Children, Female Foeticide and Drug De-Addiction Programme launched by Chandigarh Administration. Sanitation and Removal of Garbage Programme launched by Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh and Rehabilitation of Slum dwellers by Chandigarh Housing Board. Under these programme we organised various activities to make these projects successful.
We honoured to be the trustees in Investors Protection Fund of Delhi Stock Exchange (DSE) and Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) by their Board of Directors in February, 2010