Mangaluru: With Dedication and Determination, Ramakrishna Mission Completes 32nd Swachch Mangaluru Abhiyan

Mangaluru: The 32nd Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan was carried out by Ramakrishna Mission in Light House Hill area on the 27th December 2015 from 7.30 am to 10.30 am. Swami Anupmanandaji, Head of Ramakrishna Mission, Tirupathi and M R Vasudeva, Former Director of Airport Authority of India, Mangalore flagged off the 30th drive in the presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji, President of Ramakrsihna Math, Mangalore.

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Prof. Mahesh K B, delegates participating in the Youth Camp at Ramakrishna Math, volunteers from Nivedita Balaga under Rathna Alva & Sheela Shetty, Bharathi Bhat, K V Sathyanarayana, Sujith Pratap, Ramkumar Bekal, Suresh Shetty, Nikhil Shetty, Dilraj Alva and several other eminent persons were present. About 150 volunteers participated in the Abhiyan.

Volunteers cleaned the Light House Hill road under the guidance of Swamijis and Vasudev. Volunteers were divided into 6 groups to clean the areas from Hampankatta to Light House Hill Road, Circle in front of Jos Alukkas, Balmatta Roads and the road leading from Light House hill to Bavutagudde.

The roads and the road dividers were thoroughly cleaned of the garbage and weeds using grass cutting machine. Footpaths were also cleared off the debris and garbage, thus helping the pedestrians.

The circle in front of Jos Alukkas on the Light House Hill Road was converted into a dumping place due to years of neglect. Volunteers of the Abhiyan cleaned the circle and painted the pedestal of the circle giving it a new look.

The road dividers were also painted. Direction boards at Light House Hill Road, Hampankata Circle and Milagres Roads were cleaned and painted giving a much needed facelift.

The circle infront of St Agnes College, which was cleaned during the previous weeks, were painted with beautiful drawings by artists belonging to Isiri Art.

Volunteers also distributed handbills on Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan to generate awareness among the localites in the area.

MRPL, Principal Patron of the event, sponsored the drive.

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  1. Dear readers,

    The Narendra Modi government launched one of its ambitious projects soon after it assumed power – Swachh Bharat. It was a scheme mapped out for a cleaner and healthier India. It was rightly welcomed by all sections of the society. But even after months of detailing and deliberations, some of the basic lapses in the project now make me wonder where it is heading to.

    I know Swachh Bharat is not just about domestic waste management or addressing public litter. It is also about creating awareness, promoting healthy sanitation practices, and involving private sector participation in capital expenditure, operation, and maintenance. It is time to evaluate the initial benefits of the scheme, but unfortunately, most of them start and end as figures and charts on paper only.

    Since privatisation is considered, why cannot the government bear a part of the cost and run a self-sustainable system by collecting nominal charges from the beneficiaries, without an additional cess on services?

    Inventing new tax plans on continual services to generate money for new schemes is not a good idea. This means the government needs to find money for the cleaning campaign outside of the current tax system. A responsible government should first study and identify fund lapses in other schemes, improper utilisation of funds, surplus funds, and one-time tax heads to route money to new schemes. The most important of all is the collection of tax from defaulters.

    The Swachh Bharat cess is a prescient warning that we might soon see cess on continual services to generate funds for Digital India and OROP schemes too, that may take the service charges to more than 15 per cent. It will only make the public give a cold shoulder to ambitious projects. And that’s not good news for our economy or development.

    Where is all those 0.5% ‘Swachh Bharat Cess’ on services go that are at present taxed from November 15?

    There are 32 attempt to clean the future smart city. But city is still seems to be lack of smart people. Just cleaning the vegetation does not make the city clean.But it needs awareness too. Earlier days of Bangalore this practice is common before each residential block which this NGO is doing.It does mean that,how citizens of India think about their environment.

    Lastly,Does it real needs to live footprints of the organisation which painted the road signs? Can we see 33rd campaign cleaning filthy toilets in the busy areas?

    Jai Hind

  2. Truly Amazing!! It’s both encouraging and depressing to read these reports week after week. On the one hand, I feel really optimistic because there are still groups like Sree Raamakrishna folks who would do ‘samaaja seve’ without expecting anything. On the other hand, the fact that overwhelming percentage of our population and organizations have zero interest in these activities give me no hope for future!! Look at the participants – Almost nobody from minority community who are very good at crying ‘discrimination’ at every opportunity they get. With a few exceptions like Sri.Vasudeva and Sri.Ganesh Karnik, there is a total absence of our political leaders in these activities. It shows how they are all driven by either religious bias or political bias. They would rather go to events inaugurating new apartment buildings, eat free snacks and pose for photos!!

    Kudos to Sree Raama Krishna folks for reminding every mangaluru person the importance of doing right things!! Keep it up!!

  3. Rightly said, Mr. Pai.
    At the one end we have folks from the Ramakrishna Mission and the sorts, giving service to society without expecting anything back, true to the teaching of Bhagvat Gita.
    At the other end are people/communities, let alone thinking of serving society without any returns, they are in the constant lookout for for doles, subsidies etc from the Govt. and at the drop of their masters hat cry about intolerance.

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