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Deralakatte Swachhatha Andholan-2014

          DERALAKATTE.NOV.5: The NSS unit of the Father Muller Homoeopathic Medical College, Deralakatte organized “Deralakatte Swachhatha Andholan 2014”, a mega campaign to clean the streets in and around Deralakatte. To mark the beginning of the campaign the teaching and non teaching staff, UGs and PGs of the college, held a procession from the college premises with displaying placards and shouting slogans, to join the President & Members of Kotekar and Belma Panchayat, President and members of Spandana Trust(R), Netaji Subash Chandra Bose High School, Deralakatte, St Joseph’s School, Paneer, Belma Higher Primary School, The Priest, YCS, ICYM, Catholic Sabha, Womens’ Fellowship and Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Church, Rotary Club Mangalore North, and Sisters of Shanti Dham, Samarpan, St Joseph, Subhodini Convents assembled at the Deralakatte Junction for this noble cause.

         The event began with an inaugural prayer followed by welcoming the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Karnataka Health Minister, Mr. U. T. Khader, by the Principal, Dr.K. Shivaprasad, FMHMC. The minister in his message highlighted the responsibility of each and every individual to keep the environment dirt free. He expressed his desire to hold such events every fortnight to create awareness among people. Administrator, Rev Fr Vincent Vinod Saldanha motivated the gathering by raising slogans and also alerted about the health hazards caused by plastics. Dr. Ranjan Britto, the NSS Coordinator thanked the gathering. After this formal inauguration, the main activity of cleaning the streets began with great zeal by removing plastics, litters, debris, leaves and weeds from the street and the students were also involved in educating the residents by discouraging the use of plastics and encouraging the proper disposal of their household wastes. A 3-4 kilometer stretch was covered in this cleaning drive and Handbills were distributed via newspapers to communicate the importance of clean environment. Nearly 800 people participated in this mega campaign.