Chandigarh,12 August , 2017-Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of India - the parent body of over 28000 Freemasons in India – has decided to take up an ambitious charitable project of setting up over 100 dialysis centres all over the country to provide dialysis at a subsidized price of around Rs. 350 per patient, which is nearly one third of the market price. These centres will be set up in the Masonic premises in various cities. The decision has been taken in the meeting of the Regional Grand Lodge of Northern India held today at Chandigarh which were attended by the representatives of the all northern  states  MW Bro. Harcharan Singh Ranauta, OSM Grand Master of Grand Lodge of India and Dr  HS Sodhi  Regional  Grand Master and others members  attended the meeting. Baldev Agarwal Assistant Regional Grand  Master informed that another unique project being taken up by the Grand Lodge of India is to provide pure drinking water generated out of air to people living in remote areas. The drinking water machine can run on both electricity and solar power. Each machine will cost around Rs. 30,000 and over Rs. 1 lakh with solar panels. The project, known as MARG (Masonic Amrut Ras Generator), would be of immense use for people living in drought prone areas where ladies have to walk several kilometers to fetch drinking water.

Grand Lodge of India has also decided to honour the soldiers of Army and Border Security Force (BSF) who laid down their lives recently while defending the country’s border posts in Uri and Baramula areas of Jammu and Kashmir by giving five residential apartments free of cost to the widows of these soldiers. Grand Lodge of India will spend over Rs. 1.50 crore for purchase of land and construction of these apartments.

Freemasonry is the world’s largest fraternal organisation spread all over the world with a membership of over 6.5 million. There are about 3,50,000 Freemasons of Indian origin all over the world.

Freemasons in India come from different walks of life. Members include Judges, Government officers,bankers, lawyers, judges, doctors, chartered accountants, architects, journalists and businessmen etc. Some of the prominent Freemasons in India were Swami Vivekanand, former  President  of  India  Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed,

Pandit Motilal Nehru, Singer Kishore Kumar, Industrialists Dadabhoy Nowroji Tata, JRD Tata, Dr. Gaur Hari Singhania and Sitaram Jaipuria, Actors Ashok Kumar and Parikshit Sahni,  

According to MW Bro. Harcharan Singh Ranauta, OSM Grand Master of Grand Lodge of India,“Freemasons believe in the Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of Mankind. Charity is the distinguishing characteristic of Freemasons. The money we spent on such large scale charitable projects is contributed by our members out of their savings from their hard earned money.” Freemasons in the northern region run a school in jail premises in Ludhiana for young children who are forced to accompany their mothers lodged in prison. Similar schools are proposed to be set up in other cities in north India. These children are provided with elementary education, nutritious food and toys toplay with.