Mangaluru, Mar 11, 2019: ’Swacchata Abhiyan’ by Ramakrishna(RK) Mission Mangaluru, the 14 th Shramadan Sunday session of the 5 th phase was carried out in Jeppu area yesterday March 10.
The Shramadan was jointly launched in front of Bhagini Samaj by Rev Richard D’Souza (a catholic priest of Mangalore diocese) and Sri Prakash S P of Srinivasa Institute of Technology. Speaking on the occasion Rev Richard Dsouza said, “To safeguard nature and emnvironment is everyone’s duty. Each has to awaken to his responsibility in this regard irrespective of his caste, creed or status. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of Ramakrishna Mission in leading this initiative and guiding the people. It gladdens the heart to see all the educated and enlightened citizens getting on to the streets and cleaning. This will be more effective if people are trained not to litter and discourage others from littering.” Swami Ekagamyanandaji, coordinator of the Abhiyan welcomed the gathering. Dr Satish Rao, Surendra Nayak, Nalini Bhat, Abhilash V, Bharat
Sadananda, Madhuchandra Adyanthaya and many others were present on the occasion.
Shramadan: Full fledged Shramadan was carried out in the surroundings of Jeppu Market area for at least 3 hours. Mentor of the Abhiyan, Captain Ganesh Karnik, Rev Richard and other volunteers cleaned the road in front of Bhagaini Samaj. Dirt and garbage littered in the area were removed and the spot was cleaned. Building construction debris were lying scattered in the area about 2 tipper loads of such debris were removed using JCB.
Avinash H S, Saritha Shetty and students of Srinivasa Institute of Technology volunteered. Another team of volunteers under Sudhir Noronha, Punith Poojari and Umakanth Suvarna cleaned the area of Jeppu fish market. Garbage strewn in that area was cleared out and cleaned by washing with water. Compound walls which had become dirty were cleaned and repainted. Pots with flower plants were placed around. Volunteers visited each and every shop and street vendors urging them to keep the area and their surroundings clean. Volunteers cleaned the drains adjoining Bhagini Samaj and Jeppu market.
Vittaldas Prabhu and Kamalaksha Pai guided the volunteers in this. Road and footpaths from Jeppu Market towards Morgan’s Gate were cleaned well.
Removal of flex banners: For the last few days several flex banners and hoardings had come up ruining the beauty of the city. Volunteers today have removed nearly 500 such flex banners from State Bank, Hampankatta, Mallikatte, Jyothi, Falnir, Mangaladevi Road, Balmatta, PVS and other places. Souraj Mangalore, Ravi K R, Vikhyath & other volunteers actively joined hands in this initiative.
Cleanliness Drive on Airport Road: Students of Karnataka Polytechnic did shramadan for about 2 hours on airport Road in front of KPT guided by NSS coordinator Santosh and students Gowtham, Hiresh and others.
Swacch Soch Seminars: About 7 Swacch Soch Seminars were conducted in this week. These seminars were conducted in Women’s First Grade College, Puttur, Vivekananda Law College, Puttur, Alva’s Post Graduate Section, Moodbidre, Vivekananda College of Engineering, Puttur, Sridevi College of Engineering at Kenjar, Vivekananda Arts & Science College, Puttur, Alva’s Institute of Technology at Moodbidre. Till date in March, 41 such seminars have been organised. Dr Nivedita Kamath, Prof. Rajamohan Rao, Saritha Shetty and Gopinath Rao were resource persons. Ranjan Bellarpady coordinated the seminars. MRPL and Nitte institutions are sponsoring these drives.
Contact – 9448353162 - Swami Ekagamyananda, convener, Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan.