Category Archives: Swach Bharath

Inauguration of Vermicompost Plant

Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru has set up a Vermicompost plant with support from MRPL as a Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan initiative. This plant will be inaugurated by Sri Vedavyas Kamath, MLA, Mangaluru South on 3rd June at 4.30 pm.

Ashram has also set up a Drinking Water Treatment plant to provide pure drinking water to hundreds of students and devotees who frequent our Ashrama with the help from MRPL & SKF Elixir Pvt India Ltd. This will be inaugurated on 3rd June at 4.30 pm.

Programme details are given in below. We invite all our friends and well wishers to participate in the programme.

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21st Week’s Swacchata Abhiyan by Ramakrishna Mission on 25th March

Inauguration of renovated Arise Awake Park: On successful completion of 20 weeks of cleanliness drive in the 4th phase, special programme was organized at Karangalpady on 25h March 2018. Renovated “Arise Awake Park” was inaugurated by Sri J R Lobo, MLA, Mangaluru South in the presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji, Captain Ganesh Karnik, Prakash Salian, MCC Councilor, Prashanth Baliga of MRPL, Umanath Kotekar & others.

Speaking on the occasion, Sri J R Lobo said, “This park is a proof of the fact that clean mind is the first step towards clean environment. Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan has been successfully instilling in the minds of public awareness about cleanliness. I congratulate each and every one who has participated in this Abhiyan.

In his benedictory Address Swami Jitakamanandaji said, “We have a responsibility of keeping our city clean and garbage free. Hence each of us has to take a vow that we don’t litter everywhere. In addition, if we can transform garbage dumping yards & neglected spots in to parks like this, it will result in a cleaner & beautiful city.

Mayor of MCC Sri Bhaskar Moily lauded the efforts of Ramakrishna Mission in creating awareness on cleanliness among the public and assured greater cooperation and support for the abhiyan from MCC in the days ahead. Captain Ganesh Karnik delivered keynote address. Swami Ekagamyanandaji welcomed the gathering and Sri Prakash Salian thanked the gathering. Sri Raghuraj Kadri anchored the programme.

Cleanliness Drive: After the inauguration of the park, 21st week’s Shramadan was flagged off by Sri Bhaskar Moily, Mayor of MCC and Sri Rajaneesh Kapikad, Former deputy Mayor of MCC. Afterwards monks, and other dignitaries took up the brooms and cleaned the road sides. Vittaldas Prabhu, MUkesh Alva, Souraj Mangalore and Mohammad Shameem guided the volunteers in cleaning the four roads. Volunteers also cleaned the road leading from the park towards Subramanya Sadana and cleaned the adjoining compound walls. Students of Nitte Physiotherapy college under Dr Dhanesh Kumar cleaned the Jail road in Karnagalpady area. Residents of Pawan Apartments cleaned the premises & surroundings of Animal Husbandry office. Students of St. Aloysius college went from door to door distributing the handbills on awareness among the localites.

Clearance of construction debris: Heaps of construction debris lying by the side of the Animal husbandry office for the past few days was cleared by Sadeep Kodikal, Jagan Kodikal, Shivu Puttur and others. Japanese Masahiro & Masako Akoyi actively participated in the Abhiyan. Prabhakar Shetty, Ramesh Rao, Deviprasad Kadri, Shubhoday Alva, Ashok Subbaiah, Suresh Shetty, President of HMS, Srikanth Rao & more than 400 volunteers actively participated in the drive. Dilraj Alva coordinated the drive.

All the volunteers were served tiffin after the drive.  MRPL is sponsoring the drive.

We have attached few snaps of the drive.

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20th week’s Swacchata Drive by Ramakrishna Mission on 18th March

20th week’s drive of Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan was organized at Bejai Kapikad area on 18th March. The drive was flagged off at 7.30 am in front of Indian Oil Petrol Pump at Kapikad Bejai by Dr Dhanesh Kumar K U, Principal, Nitte College of Physiotherapy and World renowned magician Sri Kudroli Ganesh in the presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji. Speaking on the occasion Dr Dhanesh Kumar said, “Swacchata Abhiyan should not be for show off but should spring out of genuine concern. Efforts of Ramakrishna Mission in this regard are laudable and I urge each and every responsible citizen to join them.” Balakrishna Bhat, Imtiyaj Shekh, Shantappa Babu, Preetham Mugila & others were present.

Cleanliness Drive: About 200 volunteers were divided into 6 groups. Roads leading from Kapikad petrol bunk were divided among the volunteers for cleaning. Both sides of the road from Kapikad to Bejai Bus stand were cleaned by 2 groups under Captain Ganesh Karnik. Two more team of volunteers took up cleanliness work in Anegundi road under Sri Vittaldas Prabhu & Umar Farooq K. Students of Nitte Physiotherapy college cleaned the road and adjoining drains in Kapikad by removing the plastic papers and sweeping the area. Volunteers under P N Bhat, Mehboob, Uday K P cleaned an area near petrol bunk which was littered with plastic waste. They also cleared a footpath which was covered with mud by using JCB thus helping pedestrians.

Repainting of 6 direction boards: With the intention of benefitting the local public 6 direction boards depicting the names of the roads which were faded and were not serving purpose were cleaned and repainted. Direction boards in Netaji Road in Bejai kapikad, Kirodian Lane, 1st Cross, 2nd Cross & 6th cross were repainted.

Removal of Flex banners & posters: Illegal flex hoardings and banners have not only ruined the beauty of the city but are also leading to poster wars. Hence the volunteers of Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan under Souraj Mangalore, Sudhir Vamanjoor, Prakash Garodi, Ganesh Prasad Shetty, Dilraj Alva & other youths removed several flex banners & hoardings in Jyothi, Kankanadi, PVS, Kodialbail & Hampankatta areas.

Distribution of awareness Literature: Students of St. Aloysius College under the guidance of lecturers, Prajna Jain & Metlida Veronika Pais visited houses and shops door to door distributing awareness handbills and urging them to keep their areas clean. Prashanth Raj of Bhumika Water Suppliers volunteered to clean the roads swept by washing with water and watered the plants planted in the road dividers.

Wall Painting at Karnagalpady Market: Few weeks before, Karnagalpady Market area was littered with garbage and plastic waste. After our volunteers cleaned the area and urged the localites to cooperate in maintaining the area clean, it had stopped. This week the surrounding compound walls of Karangalpady Market were beautified with nice decorative thematic drawings and paintings by Vikram Shetty, Shailesh Kotian & members of Aditattwa team under the guidance of Ramakrishna Mission.

All the volunteers were served tiffin after the drive.  MRPL is sponsoring the drive.

Some snaps are as follows:

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Swacch Ambassador Oath Taking Ceremony

Since last 3 years, The Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru is spearheading a mass-movement “Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan” after a special appeal from the Government of India. In the first 2 phases of the Abhiyan, Ashrama conducted 40 cleanliness drives in and around Mangalore spreading awareness among the masses. Third phase saw the Ashrama successfully completing 500 cleanliness drives in various parts of Mangalore and nearby areas. Ashrama has planned 4 novel initiatives in the current fourth phase. Daily Abhiyan has volunteers from the Ashrama reaching out a minimum of 100 households/shopkeepers a day spreading awareness about hygiene and cleanliness. In Weekly Abhiyan on Sunday mornings, group of volunteers clean a particular area in the city and undertake some basic civil repair work benefiting the common mass. Ashram has also adopted about 100 villages in Mangaluru & Bantwala taluks where cleanliness drives are conducted once in a month.
Swacch Manas Programme is a tender offshoot of the Swacchata Abhiyan catering to about 10000 students. About 100 schools have been selected and training sessions are conducted once in a month in each school targeting 100 selected students in each school. Students are enlightened about the cleanliness, garbage segregation, hygiene and other aspects. Ashram is also designing a workbook to effectively reach out to the students with the message of awareness.

Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru has organized Swacch Ambassadors Oath Taking ceremony at Ashrama auditorium on Friday, the 9th February 2018 as per the programme given below.

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Launching 4th Phase of Swacchata Abhiyan

Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru is launching 4th phase of the Swacchata Abhiyan on 3rd November. Honorable Union Minister of State for Drinking Water & Sanitation, Sri Ramesh Kumar Jigajinagi will be inaugurating the programme at 9.00 am.

Please find the details of the Abhiyan as well as the programme in the invitation given below:

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Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan – Volunteers’ meet on completion of 100 drives in 3rd phase

Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru took up 400 cleanliness drives in its 3rd phase of Swacch Mangaluru for Swacch Bharath Abhiyan initiated on 2nd October 2016.

It gladdens our heart to share that thanks to the active support & involvement of our volunteers, friends and well-wishers, we have successfully completed 100 drives and are surging ahead with redoubled zeal and vigor. The number of groups volunteering to take up the drive in their respective areas are cropping up day after day and number of volunteers in each group is swelling indicating how the Abhiyan is striking the right chord with the public. We also wish to thank MRPL & Nitte Group of Institutions for their continued support in our endeavours in serving the society.

On this occasion of completion of 100 successful drives, to pledge their commitment towards cleanliness, all 50 teams will be carrying out cleanliness drives in different parts of Mangaluru on Sunday, the 18th December 2016 at 7 am. Details are given overleaf.

This will be followed by a stage programme in our Ashrama for all the volunteers of Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan to take stock of the past 100 drives and to plan our strategy for future programmes.

The programme details are given below. We invite all the interested to actively participate in the programme.

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Launching 3rd Phase of Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”, says an age old adage.  Ramakrishna Mission at Mangalore took up the task of cleaning the city of Mangalore instead of blaming and cursing the filth and squalor that makes us turn our heads down in shame.  We thank all the enlightened citizens who lent us helping hands and were instrumental in bringing about a change for the better.

After successfully completing 40 weeks of Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan in 2 phases in 2015-16 with the support of awakened citizens, our Ashrama is resuming the Abhiyan by initiating the 3rd phase from 2nd October 2016. This will comprise of about 40 groups in different parts of Mangalore, each comprising more than 50 members, carrying on the cleanliness drive on one Sunday every month for 10 consecutive months.

Launching of the 3rd phase of the Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan and felicitation of 75 Poura Karmikas who have strived to keep out city clean all along will be held in our Ashrama on the 2nd October.  This will be followed by a Seminar on Swacch Manas for Swacch Bharath to highlight the importance of a shift in the mental attitude to ensure of success of this Abhiyan. Details of the programme are given in the following pages.

We invite all the interested people who feel in their small action lies the future of our great nation to come forward and join this mighty cause.

Yours in the service of the needy,

Swami Jitakamannada

Secretary

Swacch Mangaluru – Thanks Giving Ceremony

 “Who is there to take up my duties?” asked the setting sun. The world remained dark and silent. With joined palms said the earthen lamp, “I will do what I can, my master!” writes Tagore.

Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru set out on its journey of 40 weeks’ cleanliness drive with a similar attitude, to do what it can after the request from Govt. of India to join hands in the Swacchata Abhiyan.  We had our share of bouquets & brickbats as all such noble endeavors are bound to meet with. But we also had the unstinted support and cooperation of hundreds of our volunteers who were eager to join us and ‘be the change they wanted to see’. Chilly mornings or the blazing sun never for a moment deterred their determination to contribute their mite in this Abhiyan. But for their sacrifice our Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan could not have come this far.

Our main focus, even from the beginning, was not so much to sweep the city of Mangaluru clean but to create an awareness among the public about cleanliness. So, in spite of several apprehensions and discouragement from various quarters, the Ashrama took to this novel initiative and involved more and more students and youths on whom the future of nation rests. As we enter the 40th week of Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan which concludes the first phase of this drive, we would like to thank all our volunteers on this occasion.

Hence we invite one and all to come and join us in the Thanks Giving Ceremony in our Ashrama on the 14th February 2016. The details are given below:

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Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan enters 35th week

Ramakrishna Mission had initiated 40 weeks’ Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan on special request from Govt. of India on 1st February 2015. Since then under the aegis of Ashram, thousands of volunteers, students, youths and general public have undertaken this cleanliness drive for the last 34 weeks in different parts of the city. This Abhiyan has won the accolades of one and all given its nature.

As we enter the 35th consecutive week on 17th January 2016, we invite one and all to join us at 7.30 am at Marnamikatta Circle for the Swacchata Abhiyan. Swami Balabhadranandaji, Assistant Secretary, Ramakrsihna Mission, Belur Math & Sri N Vinay Hegde, Chancellor, Nitte University will be jointly flagging off the drive.

The concluding programme of the 35th Drive will be held at Swami Vivekananda Auditorium at Ramakrishna Math, Mangaladevi, Mangaluru at 10.30 am on the 17th January. Sadhvi Uma Bharti ji, Hon. Minister for Water Resources, Govt. of India will be inaugurating the programme and addressing the audience. Swami Balabhadranandaji will also be addressing the audience followed by Sri Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP & Sri Kumar H, MD, MRPL, Mangaluru.

The Details of the programme are given below. All the interested are invited to attend the programmes.

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Swacch Mangaluru 2nd Phase begins

Swacch Mangaluru for Swacch Bharath” is a novel initiative of Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru undertaken on special request from Government of India This initiative was flagged off on the 1st February 2015 in a special programme at Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore. In a nutshell its about 4000 youths dedicating their precious time on 40 weekends in 40 different wards of the Mangaluru city in cleaning and also in creating an awareness about cleanliness.

Cleaning the nation is not a day’s job. Neither can this be achieved by just few legislations by Govt. agencies. It demands participation from each and every responsible citizen. Ramakrishna Mission has always stood in the forefront in the service of the society. We seize this opportunity to serve the nation through leading from the front by taking up this cleanliness drive.

Our motive is not to sweep Mangalore clean, but to create an awareness among the people, particularly in the younger generation about its importance and their role in keeping their surroundings cleaner and greener.

On this occasion we would also like to thank Nitte Group of Institutions and MRPL for their continued support, cooperation and patronage for this initiative.

In the 1st phase, about 20 drives were successfully organized in different parts of Mangalore thanks to the dedicated efforts & support of the volunteers, devotees and well-wishers.  Now that we enter the 2nd phase of the Abhiyan we would appreciate if more & more volunteers join our brigade to help us realize our tryst with destiny. We hope interested public will utilize this unique opportunity to pay back to society by contributing their mite in the national regeneration.

Ramakrishna Mission has organized Varna Rupa art camp on the 2nd & 3rd October where leading artists from Dakshina Kannada & Udupi Dists will unleash their talents on the theme, “Swacch Manas, Swacch Bharat, Shreshta Bharat” . On the 4th October the 2nd phase of Swacch Mangaluru Drive will begin with Swami Muktidanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore inaugurating the 21st drive. This will be followed by a Seminar on the theme, “Cleanliness: Internal & External” at Ramakrishna Math at 9.30 am. The details of the prgramme are given in the invitation below:

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Swacch Mangaluru – Be A Volunteer

Dear all

Ramakrishna Math Mangaluru is organanising a massive cleanliness drive – ‘Swacch Mangaluru for Swacch Bharath’.

      In a nutshell it is 40 cleanliness programmes in 40 wards of Mnagaluru in 40 weeks.
     ‘Swacch Mangaluru for Swacch Bharath’ was launched on 1st February 2015 in a grand function at Ashrama Campus.
We request student, public and all people who have dream of clean India to be part of this Mission. Selected area of Mangaluru will be cleaned every Sunday morning for 3 hrs.
Be a Volunteer in this weekly event and create a clean India.
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Every week Volunteers are supposed to assemble at Ramakrishna Math Campus, Mangaladevi, Mangaluru at 7 am. Arrangements will made to drop them at specified places.

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Swacch Mangaluru Mission in Action

Swacch Mangaluru for Swacch Bharath Programme started its Cleanliness drive on 1st February 2015 Sunday.

Mangaladevi Wards was cleaned on 1st Sunday.

Around 1000 youth volunteers, public and devotees cleaned the surround area of Mangaladevi Temple, Ramakrishna Math, Srinivas College etc

Swacch Mangaluru for Swacch Bharath Launching

‘Swacch Mangaluru for Swacch Bharath’ was launched in a grand function at Ramakrishna Math, Mangaluru on 1st February 2015 Sunday.

In a nutshell, its about 4000 youths participating in the 40 weeks cleanliness drive in 40 different wards of the Mangaluru city under the aegis of the Ramakrishna Mission. This will include cleaning the localities, creating an awareness among the localites and improving the basic amenities of the region.

On the 1st February about 75 sweepers and other employees of Mangaluru City Corporation were honoured as a token of respect for the service they are contributing in rendering the city clean.

Around 1000 youths, public and devotees participated in the function.

Swacch Mangaluru for Swacch Bharath Jatha

Ramakrishna Mission Mangaluru had organised a Jatha on 1st February 2015 to create awareness in the public about Cleanliness. Capt Ganesh Karnik, MLC and Swami Atmarupanandaji, USA flagged off the rally at Town Hall, Mangaluru. Around 500 youths had participated in the event.

Swacch Manas – Swacch Bharath: A Report

In his inaugural speech, SCS hospital Managing Director Dr Jeevaraj Sorake said:”though the country has got fertile land and pure water, we have not learnt to respect it. However, there is increase in the awareness about cleanliness across the nation. We should not throw wastes in City, which would help to minimise the malaria and dengue cases,” he said and promised of active participation in Swacch Mangaluru campaign. Swami Jitakamanandaji said that students should understand their responsibility and work on removing ‘developing nation’ tag. Cleanliness is not the work of the City Corporation only. but individual participation is very important. This awareness will be created by thinking. It helps to be a good citizen who can play a role in the development of the nation, he said.

Swami Atmarupanandaji said India is glorious country with rich spiritual, intellectual, cultural, scientific heritage. Swami Vivekananda had believed that India has special place in awakening of world. The country has everything it needs, but just has to learn civil cleanliness.

Speaking on ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness – Eastern v/s Western Perspectives’ on second day of ‘Jagruth Bharath – Awakened India’ programme at Ramakrishna Math here on Saturday, Swami said that cleanliness is a compose of physical and spiritual thing. In India cleanliness come with culture and it is based on personal purity. Most of the Indians bath at least once in a day, they clean their homes, but not their streets.

However, the ‘mother earth’ concept of India is not poetical, but true. There is reason behind naming rivers after Goddesses, he said. In Western countries the concept of cleanliness was not with culture, but it has come in recent years to avoid transmission of diseases. They keep everything clean to avoid to diseasing germs, the seer said.

Indian Green Service Project Director Sri C Srinivasan Vellore, SVYM Mysore Founder Dr R Balasubramaniam, resource person Sri Vijay Nath Bhat shared their thoughts in the succeeding sessions. Mangaluru University NSS Officer Vinitha Rai was also present.

Shakth Manas – Sashakth Bharath: A Report

Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said it is nice to see a nationwide movement about cleanliness. Lot of discussions are going on, awareness is being created about a very important subject which never got prominence in India. Speaking after inaugurating a session on ‘Shakth Manas – Sashakth Bharath’ for degree students on the first day of ‘Jagruth Bharath-Awakened India’, a four day programme at Swami Vivekananda Auditorium, Ramakrishna Math in Mangaluru on Friday, he said that India always tagged itself as ‘poor country’ though it is rich with youth power. From past five to six decades prominence was given to provide basic facilities and cleanliness was never considered seriously. “Now time has come for the young generation to inculcate the culture of cleanliness and it should be a part of life. Cleanliness of our mind and society are interdependent and both are important to keep our Country healthy,” he said.

A B Ibrahim opined that a lesson on cleanliness and hygiene should be mandatory on text-books. Students should be ambassadors of cleanliness and they should be the messengers to society, he said. Meanwhile, he released the t-shirts and caps for Swacch Mangaluru, a 40-week campaign which will be inaugurated on February 1.

Ramakrishna Math Adhyaksha Swami Jitakamanandaji called upon students to understand their responsibility in constructing the world. Jagruth Bharath is all about creating awareness about being model citizens of the country, which would refresh the mind, he said. He wanted active participation of students in Swacch Mangaluru Campaign.

Rev Swami Atmarupanandaji Maharaj (USA), Vijay Nath Bhat (Mysuru), Prof K Raghothama Rao (Bengaluru) and Tejasvi Surya (Bengaluru) presented their ideas in the succeeding sessions in which about 500 degree students took part.