Mangaluru, Dec 18, 2017: The 7 th week of Swachata Abhiyan by Ramakrishna Mission in city was day of success for cleanliness on December 17, Sunday. Dr Rajendra Prasad Sri Ullas Hiremath launched it opposite Cascia High school at Marnamikatta area. Swami Ekagamyanandaji, Convener of Swacchata Abhiyan, Sri Harish Achar, University Syndicate member, Sri Sathyanarayana K V and others were present . MRPL is supporting these drives through sponsorships.
Cleanliness Drive: Around 100 plus volunteers in 4 groups divided the areas of work. Sri Shivakumar, CA led the group of volunteers in cleaning the area in front of Cascia high school, Mangaladevi car street. They removed the plastic, paper & other dirt on the road. Smt. Rathna Alva led a group of volunteers in door to door campaign creating awareness about garbage segregation and cleanliness by distributing awareness handbills.
The foot path area in front of Cascia high school was in shabby unusable neglected condition. Children and pedestrians were not able to use the dirty area. Conveners of Swacchata Abhiyan, Sri Dilraj Alva, Sri Umanath Kotekar Sri Dinesh Karkera visited nearby houses in the last 2 weeks and urged them not to throw garbage in that area and help in keeping the area clean. Work had also begun to lay interlock tiles for the footpath in that region.
The electric transformer in the middle of the footpath was a hurdle to many pedestrians resulting in accidents. Hence a new railing has been erected around the transformer. Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers, garbage disposal area is now beaming with a small garden with flower pots beautifying the locality of the Cascia school.
Removal of Posters: Nearly 40 youths in three teams fanned out and removed thousands of illegal posters, banners, buntings and other publicity materials that were ruining the city in different parts for nearly 2 hours. Sri Shishir Amin, Sri Souraj, Sri Sathish Moodigere led each team and the work was taken up in Valencia, Kankanady, Balmatta, Bendoorwell, St. Agnes, Kadri, Kadri Park, Nanthur, Hampankatta, Kodialbail, M G Road, Lady Hill Road and other main roads.
Swacch Yekkur: Volunteers of Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan arranged cleanliness drive in Yekkur too. Drive began in front of Ayyappa Swami Bhajana Mandira. Smt. Srilatha flagged off the drive. Members of Nandadeepa Mahila Mandali, Hindu Yuva Sene, Ayyappa Bhajana Mandali and others participated in nearly 2 hours’ drive. Sri Prashanth coordinated the drive.
Swacch Gram: Cleanliness drive were organized in several villages like Kotekar, Konaje, Ullal, Permannur, Someshwara, Munnur, Manjanadi etc under the guidance of Ramakrishna Mission which supported the initiative through supply of cleaning equipment, Handbills, T Shirts and tiffin for volunteers. Sri Mahesh Kolya coordinated the drive. Sri Satish Kumpala organized the drives. This initiative is supported by D K Zilla Panchayat.
Swacch Manas: Awareness Programmes were conducted in nearly 87 schools in the first 2 weeks of December. About 8825 students participated in the Swacchata Spardha competitions. 3177 students participated in essay competitions, 4148 in Drawing and 1500 in debate competitions. Sri M R Vasudeva, Sri Sadananda Upadhya, Smt. Bharathi Bhat, Sri Rajamani Ramakunja, Smt. Subhadra Bhat, Si Santosh D’Souza and about 50 resource persons conducted these sessions. Sri Ranjan Bellarpady coordinated the team of resource persons. The entire activity is an appreciable effort towards a clean nation.