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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.