Swachh M’luru 3rd Phase! Math presents Kudla ‘Before and After’
40 Teams, 40 Weeks, 400 Drives, 4000 Volunteers, 10 Drives every consecutive Week! Ramakrishna Mission is all gearing up for the ‘Swacch Mangaluru 3rd Phase’ commencing on 2 October 2016. Over 5000 tools/cleaning equipment, buckets, brooms, pans, shovels, etc have already arrived and ready to be put into use coming Sunday, when the project kicks off.
Mangaluru: Addressing the media persons during a press meet held at the Ramakrishna Math auditorium, Capt Ganesh Karnik, Coordinator of the Swachh Mangaluru project said, “Swacch Bharath Abhiyan was initiated all over India on the Gandhi Jayanti Day, i.e. 2nd October 2014. The Central government has undertaken several initiatives to effectively carry on this Abhiyan at different levels. As it is a public movement unless common mass and the general public are involved it will not see the light of the day. Realizing this, the Central Government requested several organizations to actively take part in the mission along with their followers. When the Ramakrishna Mission Headquarters at Belur in West Bengal received such a request it forwarded the same to all its branch centres. This set the ball rolling in Mangaluru with Ramakrishna Mission actively starting Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan.”
“Ramakrishna Mission at Mangaluru has successfully completed 40 weeks of Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan in 2 phases starting from 2015 February till 2016 February in 2 phases. Thanks to the active support and cooperation of the friends and well-wishers of our Ashrama, the Abhiyan was a grand success in creating an awareness about hygiene and cleanliness among the general public. Hence apart from sweeping the streets clean, several seminars and workshops on the theme of Swacch Bharath, Art Camps, competitions for students and children, rallies and door to door campaign by the distribution of awareness literature made our initiative meaningful. As the first 2 phases were carried out on an experimental basis and we got a good feedback from our volunteers and the general public, we are continuing with the 3rd phase.” added Capt Karnik.
Also speaking during the meet, Swami Jitakamanandaji – Head of Ramakrishna Mission-Mangaluru said, ” The 3rd phase of the Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan will start from 2nd October 2016 and will continue for 10 months. Teams will be given maximum freedom to function as per the local situation. Each team will offer service on just one Sunday in a month. To elaborate, the first set of 10 teams will work on first Sunday of each month, and that is all for that month. The second set of 10 teams on 2nd Sunday and the third and fourth sets on third and fourth Sundays. In one word, forty programmes will be covered during each month. The Third Phase will be from October 2, 2016, to July 2017. However, during southwest monsoon outpours, for two months Abhiyan will be suspended.”
Swami furthers aid, “On the whole 40 Sundays will be covered during the period October 2016 to July 2017 and the Abhiyan will go on for 10 months between October 2016 to July 2017. In other words, each team will work for 10 months – one Sunday each month and it will take up 10 programmes. This will be preceded by Swacch Manas programme – An orientation programme for youths & students every Saturday from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Several institutions will be deputing their representatives for this programme where they will be briefed about Ashrama activities, need for Swacchata Abhiyan and their role in ensuring the success of this Abhiyan.”
Swami Ekagamyanandaji- Co-Convener of Swachh Mangaluru Abhiyan said, ” We have already earmarked 40 such interested teams and have interacted with the members of each team. Each team will consist of 50 to 100 members. They should be committed to participating in the 10 Abhiyans without fail. All the cleaning materials like brooms, gloves etc. will be supplied from the Ashram along with motivational T-shirts, banners and awareness literature. Ashrama will also give each team Rs. 5000/- per month to carry on some minor repair work in their area like fixing slab stone in damaged footpath etc This will also be used for breakfast for the Abhiyan volunteers. Ashram will coordinate each team’s work with an appointed coordinator. Justice K S Hegde Foundation and MRPL have voluntarily come forward to support the cause. Already 5000 Cleaning equipment like brooms, baskets etc has been purchased. 5000 T-shirts have been purchased and are being distributed among each team.
“The 3rd Phase of Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan will be launched on Gandhi Jayanthi day, 2nd October 2016 in a special programme organized in the Ashrama at 7:30 am. Swami Bodhasaranandaji, Asst. General secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Mission, Swami Jitakamanandaji, Head, Ramakrishna Mission, Mangalore, Dr N Vinay Hegde, Chancellor, Nitte University, J R Lobo, Captain Ganesh Karnik, BHV Prasad, GM, MRPL will be present on this occasion. On this occasion about 75 poura karmikas of Mangaluru City Corporation will be honoured for their services in keeping the city of Mangaluru clean for the past several decades. Cleaning equipment will be handed over to all the 40 team leader son this occasion. This will be followed by a Seminar, “Swacch Manas for Swacch Bharath” for the Swacchata Abhiyan volunteers at 9 am. The seminar will be inaugurated by Swami Bodhasaranandaji, Asst. Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math. Padmabhushan Dr B M Hegde and Air Vice Marshal Ramesh Karnik will be the resource persons,” added Swami Ekagamyanandaji. Umanath Kotekar and Dilraj Alva-coordinators of this project were also present during the press meet.
To be a volunteer or further details Contact: 9448353162 (Swami Ekagamyanandaji, Co-convener, Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan)