Mangaluru, Oct 08, 2018: It is nine years now since a 38-year-old resident of Panjimogaru, quit consuming alcohol after attending an eight-day de-addiction camp at Belman in Udupi district organised by the Akhila Karnataka Janajagruti Vedike.
“ My family members took me to the camp on the pretext of fixing my marriage, I was really in a bad shape then.” he said. The camp, he said, made a positive impact on him and he is now a changed man.
“ I was treated badly by our neighbours and denied work (a painter). Now, I get work not only for myself but also help eight others who are with me find work,” he stated.
Fellow de-addicts have formed a group called “Hosa Bolpu” under which they conduct blood donation camps and other social activities. They intend to organise alcohol de-addiction camp in their locality.
De-addicts felicitated during a convention of people who have successfully completed the de-addiction programme organised by the vedike and the Sri Kshetra Dharmastala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP).
Speaking at the function, Nalin Kumar Kateel, Member of Parliament, lauded the work of D. Veerendra Heggade, president of SKDRDP, in holding alcohol de-addiction camps.
“By organising alcohol de-addiction camps, dharmadikaari Heggade is bringing in a great transformation in lives of people. This service is akin to creating Rama Rajya as intended by Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.