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The Secretariat

The Secretariat, which is the office of the General Secretary at the headquarters, has the following departments:

1. Main Office: This deals with General Secretary’s correspondence, matters regarding admission into the Order, various conferences and meetings at the headquarters, enquiries about the various activities of the Math and Mission, and Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Bhav Prachar Parishads and does other miscellaneous functions, such as receiving visitors, etc.

2. Accounts Department:  Maintains the accounts pertaining to the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.  It also provides scholarships to needy students.

3. Audit and Consolidation Department: The main functions of this department are: scrutiny / review of various statements of accounts and reports of works sent by the branch centres, consolidation of annual accounts of headquarters and branch centres, publication of annual general report of Math and Mission, filing income tax return, etc.

4. Cash Department: Receives donations and deals with all other types of monetary transactions.

5.Construction and Maintenance Department: Deals with construction and maintenance of buildings at the headquarters.

6. Estate Department: This department deals with the sale of immovable assets like land and houses and also movable assets received as donations from well-wishers.

7. Law Department:  This department deals with all legal matters of the Math and Mission.

8. Relief and Rehabilitation Department:  When calamities occur, the Relief department at the headquarters directly conducts, and also provides financial assistance to branch centres to conduct, primary relief work on a massive scale and takes up large-scale rehabilitation projects.  (See separate entry for details.)

9. Staff Welfare Department: Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are among the few non-government organizations in India which readily make available to their paid staff all over the country the benefits of provident fund and gratuity through centrally administered, tax-exempted Trusts.

The Secretarial Office also directly runs the following units at Belur Math:

1. Charitable Dispensary: It has free allopathic and homoeopathic sections.  The allopathic section has several departments such as general, dental, ophthalmology, ENT, dermatology, gynaecology, radiology (including ultrasonography), pathology and biochemistry.  It treated 7,53,216 cases during the year 2004-05. 

2. Social Welfare Department:  This department is meant for rendering service to the weaker sections of society.  It extends regular financial help to more than 300 poor families and about 2500 poor students.  The department also gives occasional monetary help to hundreds of poor patients and other needy people. The total expenditure on this account for the year 2004-05 was Rs. 22,72,378.  Besides this monetary help, the department also provides books and school uniforms free of cost to more than 1000 needy students, garments and blankets to thousands of poor and needy people, and tricycles, wheelchairs, etc to the disabled every year.

3. Pallimangal: (Integrated Rural Development): The main functions of this department are: overseeing the rural development programmes conducted by two branch centres at Kamarpukur and Jayrambati in West Bengal, providing marketing facilities for village industry products, and giving financial help to rural youths to pursue formal or vocational education.

4. Veda Vidyalaya: This Vidyalaya, affiliated to the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, a deemed university, imparts Vedic and Sanskrit education to boys in secondary (Purva Madhayama) and higher secondary (Uttara Madhyama) levels. The boys are generally drawn from the economically backward families of rural areas.  There were 22 boys in the year 2004-05. 

5. Ramakrishna Museum: In this Museum articles and artifacts closely associated with Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother, Swami Vivekananda and other direct disciples of the Master are exhibited. 


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