Mangaluru: The 40th Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan was held in the Mangaladevi area on 14 February 2016 from 7:30 am to 10:00 am. A small stage programme was also organized at the venue. Swami Srikantanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Pune and Prabhakar Bhat Kalladka, Convener, Sri Rama Vidya Kendra, Kalladka were the chief guests. Swami Jitakamanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore welcomed the guests. Capt. Ganesh Karnik briefed about the 40 weeks’ Swaccha Mangaluru Abhiyan.
Swami Srikantanandaji recited a poem he had written on Swacch Bharat and lauded the efforts of Ramakrishna Mission in this regard and equated keeping our motherland clean with the worship of the Lord. Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat appreciated the initiative taken by Ramakrishna Mission in this regard and applauded the sustained and dedicated efforts of the volunteers in making it successful.
The drive was flagged off by Swami Srikantanandaji and Prabhakar Bhat Kalladka followed by the stage programme in the presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji, Capt. Ganesh Karnik, M R Vasudev, Satish Rao, Prasad of MRPL, Suresh Shetty and others.
About 800 volunteers were divided into 11 groups and were given information and sent to different areas for cleaning:
Employees from MCF under their director Prabhakar Rao cleaned the area from Marnamikatta to Nandigudda.
Employees of HDFC Bank under Prashanth Uparangala cleaned the are from Cascia High school to Marnamikatta
Volunteers from Hindu Warriors Whatsapp Group under the leadership of Shivu Puttur Near Marnamikatta Railway Bridge
Members of Kalki Manava Seva Samiti under Ganesh Bangera and Manohar Prabhu cleaned the Mangalanagar area.
Students from Sahyadri Engineering college under the leadership of Srilatha, Lecturer cleaned the Mangaladevi road.
Members of I T Dealers association cleaned the area from Mangaladevi Temple towards Ramakrishna Math.
Members of Nivedita Balaga under the guidance of Vijayalakshmi cleaned the Mangaladevi Temple area.
Members of Bhagini Samaj under the guidance of Vajra Rao cleaned the Jeppu area.
Members of Stri Shakti Sangha under the leadership of Rathna Alva cleaned the Jeppu Market area.
Members of Art of Living under the leadership of Sadashiv Kamath cleaned the Mangaladevi Car street.
Students from Govt. First Grade College, Car street under the leadership of Sheshappa Amin, Lecturer and Mahesh K B collected heaps of garbage from all these areas and loaded them in the truck for segregation and disposal.
Dilraj Alva, Sujith Pratap, Vittaldas Prabhu, Premananda Shetty, Harish Achar, Ramkumar Bekal, Shubhoday Alva, Umanath Kotekar and several other eminent persons were present.
After the cleanliness drive all the volunteers had their breakfast in Ramakrishna Math. Later in the Thanks giving ceremony about 40 institutional representatives who joined in the Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan were recognized and presented with memento as a token of respect by Venkaiah Naidu. Minister for Urban Development, Govt. of India.
With this the first phase of 40 abhiyans drew to an end. In the second phase about 400 cleanliness drives will be planned and executed in different parts of the city.
Volunteers also distributed handbills on Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan to generate awareness among the locals in the area.
MRPL, Principal Patron of the event sponsored the drive.