Mangaluru, May 13, 2019: The 23 rd wee "Shramadan of Swacchata Abhiyan’ by Ramakrishna Mission (RKM) was carried out in front of Saint Dominic Church in Ashoknagar, May 12. The shramadan was jointly flagged off by Rev. Aquin Noronha, Head of Saint Dominic Church, Ashokanagar and Sri Ramkumar Bekal, Builder. Umaparasad Kadekar, Prof. Satish Bhat, Saritha Shetty, Ramachandra Shetty, Keshav Shettigar, Prakash S N, Kirankumar Kodikal, Shivaraj Shetty and residents of Datta Paradise Apartments were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Rev Aquin Noronha said, “God created many other living beings along with man. Plants and trees also have life just like human beings. But greed in man is destroying nature that is sustaining him. Efforts of Ramakrishna Mission in preserving this
nature through this Abhiyan is remarkable. Gandhiji’s dream of Swacch Bharath should become a reality. This should not remain a Govt. programme but each and every citizen should understand his role and act. Public places should be kept clean. People should not litter here, there everywhere and then only this Abhiyan will be successful.”
Shramadana: Swami Ekagamyanandaji and Rev Aquinn Noronha swept the road for a good while. This was followed by volunteers who cleaned the area around St. Dominic Church junction. The prominent spot in front of church that was shabby was cleared of the garbage. A petty shop which was not used, lying in the area was removed. Ground was levelled and a pit which was not used was filled up. Several pots with flower plants brighten the spot. Volunteers also cleaned the road leading in front of church towards Kodikal and the adjoining footpath; sand scattered on the footpath were removed. Third group of volunteers cleaned the road leading towards Urva Stores and a concrete waste bin lying at the corner of the road was removed using JCB. This spot was also beautified by placing pots with flower plants. Mehboob Khan, Ramachandra Bhat, Santosh Suvarna, Vittaldas Prabhu, Suma Shivu, Prashanth Uppinangady, Dinesh Shetty, Dilraj Alva and many other volunteers joined hands and volunteered. Team of Volunteers under Jagan Kodiakl will watch over these converted spots day and night and dissuade people from littering further.
Distribution of 500 Waste Bins: Under Swacch Bharath Abhiyan, Ramakrishna Mission plans to distribute 500 waste bins of 60 litres capacity to small merchants and shops. Today this initiative was flagged off by Captain Ganesh Karnik. This will help motivate the shop owners to dissuade the public from littering and use these bins to keep their surroundings clean. Sudhir Vamanjur, Punith
Poojary, Uday K P will be supervising this initiative. MRPL is sponsoring this initiative.
Swacch Puttur: 6 th Shramadan of Swacch Puttur Abhiyan was carried out in Nehru Nagar near Vivekananda College. M S Bhat flagged off the drive. Lecturer Gopalakrishna Bhat, Shankar Mallya Irde, Santosh Wagle, Deviprasad Mallya and many others took part. Krishna G coordinated the programme.
Swacch Kayarthadka: 5 th Shramadan was carried out in Kayarthdaka under the guidance of Ramakrishna Mission. The bridge leading to the village was painted and the surrounding areas were cleaned. Vijeth Kulady, Pravin Pangala, Pradip Kulal Hankarjalu & many others from the village participated in the Shramadan. Yogish Kayarthadka coordinated the shramadan. MRPL is sponsoring these drives.
** Contact – 9448353162 (Swami Ekagamyananda, convener, Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan)