Ramakrishna Mission’s Swacchata Abhiyan completes 8th of the 40 Weeks Shramadan
Mangaluru: 8th Sunday Shramadan Programme of Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan was carried out in Hampankatta area. T R Suresh, Mangalore City Police Commissioner and Swami Dayadhipanandaji of Ramakrishna Mission Hardwar jointly flagged off the drive in the presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji, President of Mangalore Ramakrishna Math. Captain Ganesh Karnik, MLC, Dr Satish Rao, Swami Prakashanandaji, Ramakrishna Vivekananda Ashrama, Ranebennur were present on the occasion.
Police Commissioner T R Suresh speaking on the occasion lauded the efforts of Ramakrishna Mission in creating awareness among young minds about cleanliness. He also highlighted the importance of Mission’s initiative in Swacch Manas, training young minds and Swacch Gram Awareness programme among villages. He also appreciated the all-inclusiveness of the programme as people irrespective of caste, creed, religion and colour are supporting the initiative.
Swami Dayadhipanandaji regretted that the nation that believed in the dictum of “cleanliness is next to Godliness” had to start an Abhiyan like this as it forgot the importance of hygiene and wished the programme success.
Swami Prakashanandaji appreciated the consistent efforts by Ramakrishna Mission for the last 3 years and its present expanded form including students, youths and villagers.
Swamijis and guests took up the broom and cleaned the main road in Hampankatta area. A group of 50 volunteers removed illegally pasted posters from the compound walls of Taluk Panchayat office to the Govt. Offices in A B Shetty circle and cleaned the compound walls. These walls were also painted thus giving them a much-needed facelift. They also cleaned the roads and road dividers from the Clock Tower to RTO. Sudiksha and Kiran Poojari actively participated with their one-year daughter “Naksha” which was a special attraction.
The road leading from Townhall to Mangalore central station was also cleaned. Volunteers removed the construction debris and glass pieces from the corner of the road. All the grass and weeds that had covered the drains were removed. The footpath frequently used by the pedestrians was damaged posing danger. This was repaired with the help of expert masons and steps have been erected in its place.
Illegally put up posters have been ruining the beauty of the city. Volunteers have been actively involved in removing them since last 4-5 weeks. Today also volunteers removed the banners and wall posters in Pandeshwar, Hampankatta area.
Nearly 250 students of Ganapathi High School and P U College cleaned the area near Central railway station under the guidance of Ramakrishna Mission. Ramachandra Rao and Mahesh Bondal of Saraswat Education Society were present. They cleared nearly 2 tippers of garbage and dirt from the area and the roads leading to the station. Ranjitha, headmistress and teachers actively participated in the drive. Suresh Shetty and Kodange Balakrishna Naik guided the volunteers.
Masahiro Monoyi from Japan and Mohammad Shameem volunteered in the Abhiyan. About 90 youths from 17 institutions participating in the residential youth camp, “Prerana” at Ramakrishna Math also actively participated in the drive under the guidance of Ranjan B U. MRPL is sponsoring this drive.
Swami Chidambarananda (Chief Convener)
Swami Ekagamyanandaji, Convener
Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan
Tel: 9448353162 for more details