Mangalore: MRPL, ISKCON Launch Mid-day Meal Programme

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (SMK/MSP)

Mangalore May 31: With the intention of serving school-going children hot and healthy lunch, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) and International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), in association with Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat, have initiated the mid-day meal programme for the children studying in schools surrounding Katipalla and Chelairu villages.

Inaugurating the programme at the zilla panchayat higher primary school Katipalla on Saturday May 31, MRPL managing director R Rajamani said, that about 5000 students in the region will be benefited from this programme in the first and second phases and an amount of Rs.36 lac annually will be spent for the purpose.

In India, thousands of children are forced to do menial jobs or domestic works, depriving them of studying in schools and getting a formal education. Mid-day meal programme has banished illiteracy for a large extent and it is proven fact that attendance percentage has gone up remarkably after its inception in the state, he observed.

Karunya Das of ISKCON said that hunger is a silent killer and chronic malnutrition is a worrisome phenomenon particularly among the poor classes of the country. Mid-day meal has acted as an encouragement for the drop - out students to come back to schools. ISKCON aims at eradicating both material and spiritual poverty and it serves food and knowledge to more than 8 lac students in the country, he explained.

President of zilla panchayat Sucharita Shetty, Chitranga Das and Prameela were present on the occasion. 

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  • Francis-Mangalore, Mangalore -U.A.E

    Sat, May 31 2008

    I am very happy that MRPL is taking such kind of initiative in around the Company. MRPL being one of the growing company in mangalore and with its intrest growing in all spheres of expansion ,its the duty of company to bring socially benificial programs to implement not only in Katipala and surathkal but to other rural and urban areas. MRPL land acquired displaced many mangaloreans and there are well educated, even graduate chemical engineers in Mangalore / surathkal area hunting for jobs.

    But the process and recruitment and appointmnet are not favouring local lads. Its should be noted that MRPL should give youngster of region job and oppurtunity to serve company .So that youngster can stay in mangalore and support thier parents rather than move out of mangalore in job hunting. Please consider this or form an organisation to recive CV of local people and recommend strongly to higher Management of MRPL or any company in future to recruit mangaloreans.

    The purpose is that the top recruitment Officer or Manangment always prefer thier own state / home town people rather than locals...Any way with this message I just want to communicate is , I came to that one chemical engineer student is not getting job in MRPL..It has surprised me . Being an Mangalorean its my duty to open the eyes of MRPL management.....Good luck in your future program of socially benifitting Mangalorean.

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  • Jagdish.P.Thakur, Pethri/Udupi/Toronto

    Sat, May 31 2008

    Hare Krishna, The Iskcon and MRPL coming together for a noble cause is really appreciable.Iskcon runs Food for Life programme at most centres all over the world.However it was from internal accruals all these time & donation's from individuals.I think this is the first time a corporate group has lend a helping hand for a noble cause.

    I wish many more corporate groups come ahead in continuing a moment like this. So that this nutritious mid day meal reaches each & every child of our country and takes them to the right path of serving mankind with a humane nature.

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