Mangaluru: MRPL launches ‘Smoke-free’ village campaign

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Mangaluru, Jun 14: Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) launched a campaign to declare neighbouring villages of Yekkar, Bajpe and Malavoor gram panchayats (GP) ‘Smoke-free’ at a function at MRPL on Wednesday, June 13.

The programme was inaugurated by Umanath Kotian, MLA, Mulki-Moodabidri in the presence of elected representatives, invited dignitaries and management of MRPL led by M Venkatesh, managing director and A K Sahoo, director (Finance). Bharat Shetty, MLA Mangaluru North also participated in the programme.

MRPL has identified villages under three GPs in its surroundings and decided to make them smoke-free. About 132 families belonging to the villages under these panchayat have been distributed free LPG kits. In addition to these, 161 left over families belonging to Chelairu, Soorinje, Permude, Jokatte panchayats were also distributed LPG kits. Earlier in 2016 and 2017, MRPL had distributed LPG kits to 372 BPL families identified from Bala, Chelairu, Soorinje, Permude and Jokatte. So far, these families had been using firewood or kerosene as fuel which will be replaced with LPG. MRPL is bearing the cost of the gas kit as well as the gas stove which is provided to these beneficiaries free of cost under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

Ganesh Arbi, president Malavoor GP and Suresh Shetty, president, Yekkar GP declared their respective gram panchayat villages smoke-free.

Umanath Kotian speaking on the occasion thanked MRPL for taking steps towards fulfilling the dream of PM Modi to turn all the villages of our country smoke-free. This will also help to improve the health of the women folk he said. He also advised the beneficiaries to take utmost precautions while using the LPG.

Dr.Bharat Shetty spoke on the occasion and said that MRPL is doing a great job in helping these families and wished them to continue to do such good work.

M Venkatesh, managing director, MRPL spoke and said that he is proud to help the needy in the surrounding villages. MRPL has identified 293 families and helped them this year under its CSR programme and the company is extending this benefit within the framework of Govt. rules and guidelines, he said.

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore - Houston/Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

    Fri, Jun 15 2018

    This is the best gesture on the part of MRPL to come up with new ideas of introducing "smoke free" village environment initially for the native residents, and then spread the message to other neighboring villages.

    Any new proposal or idea in favor of the welfare and good health of people is the best gift that a Business entity or a private group can share with others so that the message is being brainstormed amongst the people and gradually see the outcome of our efforts.

    We cannot and should not discourage any new proposal that sprouts from the community that helps our health and well-being. Everything that we plan and share with others as far as our health and welfare of not only ourselves is a welcome gesture. Let the time alone decide what is good for us in the short term or long term. Let us not destroy a good idea before it is even experimented. MRPL is a large organization that can experiment any good thought that would help the local people to start with, and if everything goes well then we can experiment the thought for other communities that we surround with.

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  • Shiva, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 14 2018

    What a joke!
    Fix the smoke coming out from your chimneys, stop releasing poison to the sea first.

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