Mangaluru, Jan 08, 2018: The 10 th week of the cleanliness drive of the Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan took shape on January 7, Sunday in front of War memorial at Kadri. It was flagged off by Dr Jeevaraj Sorake, SCS Hospital and Pratham of Big Boss fame in the presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji of Ramakrishna Math.
Addressing the volunteers on the occasion, Pratham said, “Swacchata Abhiyan carried out by Ramakrishna Mission is a role model for the entire nation and needs to expand here to the whole of Karnataka. I am thrilled to know that simultaneously Ramakrishna Mission is carrying on Swacch Manas awareness parogramme too among the students and children. I am seeing PM’s vision being realized here. I am proud to be part of the Abhiyan.”
Dr Jeevaraj Sorake said, “I appreciate the consistent painstaking efforts of the Ramakrishna Mission in carrying on this swacchata abhiyan for the last three and a half years.” Captain Ganesh Karnik, mentor of Swacchata Abhiyan too addressed the gathering and reminisced about the history of the Abhiyan and explained the activities under the fourth phase. Swami Ekagamyanandaji welcomed the gathering and thanked all present.
Cleanliness Drive: After the formal function, swamis’ and volunteers took up the cleanliness drive with brooms, baskets and shovels. Pratham, along with the monks swept the Kadri Park road and removed bottles and dirt lying in the area. About 150 volunteers were divided into 4 groups. Sheshappa Amin guided about 30 volunteers and cleaned the circle in front of Circuit House. Uday K P and Sri Kamalaksha Pai led the team of volunteers from St. Aloysisus College in cleaning the area around the bus shelter by removing the overgrown grass and weeds. Vivekananda Shenoy and other young volunteers cleaned the roof top of the bus shelter. Mohammed Shameem Masa Hiro led other senior volunteers in cleaning the road dividers. i M R Vasudev led the group of volunteers in visiting homes from door
to door in the area distributing handbills on awareness.
Sri Jagan and Chandrashekar actively participated in the drive ignoring their disabilities. Jagan helped in carrying the garbage accumulated loading in his three wheeler. A small child busy helping the volunteers by picking the dirt all through the drive for 2 hours was a sight to see.
Continued Work: Efforts were on to remove the garbage piling up in the area near Karnaglpady area. Volunteers visited shops, homes requesting them not to throw garbage in the area and to keep the area clean which had proved effective. Presently with the help of expert masons, the walls are repaired and awareness painting & writings are adorning the walls. Flower plants are also being kept. Last week railings were installed in the Karnaglpady area which were extended this time and the old railings were painted. Old barricades were removed and the area was thoroughly cleaned. Sri Dilraj Alva guided the volunteers in cleaning work. Sri Vittaldas Prabhu, Sri Kishor Kumar Puttur, Sri Sujith Pratap, Sri Akshith Attavar, Sri Souraj Mangalore, Sri Mehboob Sab many others actively participated in the drive. All the volunteers were provided tiffin by the Ashrama in Kadri Police station. MRPL is sponsoring this drive.
Contact – Swami Ekagamyanandaji, Convener, Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan at 9448353162 for more details,