Mangaluru, Oct 2, 2016: Sri Kshetra Dharmastala dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade exhorted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch ’Sharab Mukt Bharat’ campaign in the country. Heggade made this request to the Prime Minister through Union minister of state (Independent Charge) for Ayush Shripad Yesso Naik at Dharmastala on Oct 1, Saturday during the convention of persons who are benefited through 1,000 de-addiction camps held under the aegis of Akhila Karnataka Janajagruti Vedike (AKJV) and Sri Kshetra Dharmastala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) in the past 20 years.Heggade said, "the Swachh Bharat and other campaigns launched by the Prime Minister has evoked tremendous response in the country. It is not against liquor lobby or any others. We are putting efforts to create awareness among people on ill effects of alcoholism.
I am sure that alcohol addicts will voluntarily kick the habit if our Prime Minister announces a ’Swachh Jeevan’ campaign to make India ’Sharab Mukt’ and thereby make people live more happily."Elaborating on 1,000 de-addiction camps held under the aegis of AKJV and SKDRDP, Heggade said the Vedike, which was founded in 1991, held its first de-addiction camp in Belthangady in 1998. "After the completion of 990 de-addiction camps, 70,224 persons were benefited. Meanwhile, 1,403 persons quit alcohol in the 10 camps held at Madikeri, Honnalli, Shivamogga, Belthangady, Moodbidri, Hassan, K R Nagar, Sirsi, Tumakuru and Koppa as part of the 1,000th de-addiction camp programme held between September 24 and October 1. We have been spending an average of Rs 5.5 lakh per camp," Heggade said.