To mark the participation in the World Environment Day on June 5, 2018, the Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation (SNCF) will organize a wide spread tree plantation and cleanliness drive at 14 Hill Stations covering 7 Sates of the country, known for immense rush of tourists during summer. This day seeks to create awareness about the environmental crisis that the planet Earth is facing due to global warming. This information was given by Shri Kirpa Sagar Ji, Member Incharge, Press and Publicity, Sant Nirankari Mandal.The United Nations has declared India as the Global Host of 2018 World Environment Day with the theme of “Beat Plastic Pollution.” The whole world is coming together to combat plastic pollution.
This year, thousands of the volunteers of the Foundation in their blue T-shirt and Cap, and the Sant Nirankari Sewadal men in Khaki and women in the blue and white uniform, along with other devotees and residents of respective cities will plant saplings and carry out a mega cleanliness drive at Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Nainital in Uttarakhand; Shimla, Dharamshala and Manali in Himachal Pradesh; Mahabaleshwar, Panchagani, Khandala and Lonavala in Maharashtra; Mount Abu in Rajasthan; Darjeeling in West Bengal; Gangtok in Sikkim; and Ooty in Tamil Nadu.
At each place, volunteers will assemble at 7.30 a.m. and carry out the campaign up to 12.30 p.m. The event will begin with a prayer followed by the drive. The young artists – volunteers of the Foundation will organize Street Play (Nukkad – Natak) on the theme of the day i.e. ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. The younger volunteers will carry placards and banners with slogans to emphasize the message of ‘No Plastic Use’. The participants will take a pledge towards the end of the programme.
Last year on this day, the Foundation carried out the cleanliness drive along with tree plantation at Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Nainital in Uttarakhand; Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh; Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra; and Gangtok in Sikkim.
Along with spiritual awakening, the Sant Nirankari Mission is devoting itself to the service of humanity in several ways. Today the Mission is one of the leading blood donating voluntary organizations in the country. Starting from 1986, it has organized 5,647 blood donation camps and donated 9,72,150 units of blood so far. During 2017-18, the SNCF organized a record 514 blood donation camps and donated 83,341 units of blood while this year on Manav Ekta Diwas, April 24, it organized 84 camps in one day across the country and donated 19,307 units of blood.
Today the Mission is running under the auspices of the Foundation four hospitals, 133 dispensaries and nine pathological laboratories, all functioning on charitable basis. The hospitals are located in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Agra, while dispensaries are spread across the country. The Foundation also organizes camps for cataract surgery, health check-up, heart check-up, anemia control, etc. from time to time. The Mission contemplates to set up a full-fledged Sant Nirankari Health City in Delhi. The Mission’s first Blood Bank is located in Vile Parle in Mumbai. Over 20 lakh people, mostly coming from the economically backward sections of the society are receiving treatment every year.
The Mission is running two colleges and 19 schools in Delhi and other parts of the country. Besides, it has 55 Tailoring and Embroidery Training Centres to help the widows and other needy women to stand on their own feet. The youth are also provided empowerment through various vocational courses like computer training and communication skills.
The Sant Nirankari Mission has been carrying out tree plantation and cleanliness drives for decades. In 2010, SNCF was organized to give further impetus to social welfare efforts in a much organized and effective way. While it carried on the tree plantation and cleanliness drive to mark Baba Hardev Singh Ji’s birthday on February 23 every year, the Foundation stepped up its contribution towards cleanliness when the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ from October 2, 2014. In 2015, it was declared the Brand Ambassador of the drive in the country. Every year the Foundation has focused the drive at historical monuments, beaches and river banks, hospitals and railway stations across the country.