Dear Change.org family,
Today, I have launched my verified Decision Maker profile on Change.org. Now on, I will be officially engaging and responding to petitions from you.
I am told that my verified Decision Maker profile on change.org will put me in a league of very big people. It is not just about entering a league, it is about making the right decision. It is a big responsibility to respond to the needs of the people. From the Government's side we have always been proactive and responsive because we believe as a Government we need to not just be responsible but also responsive. For any petition that comes on Change.org that is related to the Government of Maharashtra we will always be on the side of the people. We will be proactive and take decisions as early as possible.
The first petition I received from Subarna Ghosh is on increasing transparency on Caesarean deliveries in Maharashtra.
We will set up a joint committee to create Standard Operating Procedures. The committee will consider what is required to be done - whether it is an SOP or change in law at the earliest.
I would like you to remain updated about the work done by the Government of Maharashtra.
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As per the Global Peace Index Report 2017, India ranks at 4th position in the list of unsafe countries for women in the world.
Often this statement is misunderstood as India being the 4th unsafe country for all women residing here, which is far from true. The report is only for women travellers.We want you to know the real and accurate facts.
Taking the report of Nation Master into account, India is at 94th position in the number of rape cases registered.
But, the 94th position is also not what we all want. We want to eradicate this word from our country.
We are a part of community called Youth Against Rape.
Where we are fighting for those people who are scared to raise there voice against rape, molestation and acid attack. We have prepared a data which projects that many cases are still not being reported and most of the cases are genuine but the victims and witnesses are being threatened or attacked at different occasions. To take a step forward we need to change the mentality of the society and amend few laws against rape, molestation and acid attack criminals and the victims who have faced it.
We are students, mothers, brothers, sisters and father's and we want to change the future of India. To make India the safest country in future we need to educate the future generations to be bold and to report any incident they see around them without any fear.
Walking on streets would become safer in time.
Although we organize seminars with school in every state we still get cases, where people say it the fault of the victim, we fail to understand this blame game.
:- Why can't we change the way we think?
Let the girls wear what they want to?
Why can't teacher teach necessary etiquettes to children in school like other subjects?
Humanity can't be taught but laws can be amended.
We, at youth against rape have the following demands and aspirations for the betterment of Indian society as a whole:-
1. Execution Of Death Penalty
We want implementation of death penalty for Rapist, those who have been sentenced after being proved guity. This measure is important to instil fear among people and to show them that their actions have equal consequences.
Few List With Name,Time, Current Status
a)Dilip Bankar,13 year, in Sc (b) jitender Bagwan , Divender Dhurndhure , Babu Ketan - 6 Years, in Sc (c) Firoj Saha- 5 years, in Sc .. Total 2058+ Death Penalty are Pending . We want the law to start implementation from these cases.
2. Punishment For Females Filing fake Cases against men
We also want minimum 14 years of imprisonment for females who file fake cases against men to exploit them.
The responsibility of ensuring a respectable society is from both genders and no human has the right to destroy another human being's life. Both genders should be equally accountable for their wrong doings.
3. Start Sex Education By Expert's
We want compulsory sex education by experts in all schools. Although many acts have been passed by
various boards, but due to the failed implementation children continue to be unaware of what they are doing. The increasing cases of juveniles raping are a proof that the education system is going wrong somewhere. We want to sensitize children from the beginning and make them realize their moral responsibility towards society.
4. Forensic Labs
We want proper forensic labs in every city with trained and expert doctors for treating the victims. Many cases of tampering of medical reports are common. In the eyes of Justice department, this is the most important evidence, hence should be handled by trained people who understand the importance of this confidential issue and ask themselves if they are doing the right thing. We easily find difference between sex and rape .
5. Shift Case's On Fast Track Court For All Rape Victims
- On 12 July Finance minister approved budget of 700 Crore Fund Through Nirbhaya Fund For 1023 Fast Track Court. We want the hearings of all the cases of rape to be in the fast track courts and the verdicts to be announced within 1 month.
6. Victim & Witness Protection program
We also want government to pass rules to provide witness protection program to every witness and victim who are involved in the case as there is danger to their life till justice is served, government should take the responsibility of transfer of victim , if needed after investigation for their safety.
7. President mercy rule on Rape Case's
We want Indian government to re think about president mercy rule for rapist . A rapist never shows mercy to the rape victim and her family. So why should the system show mercy to him?
8. Permission To Ngo's and Trusts to do Awareness Programs in institutions
As Mostly schools reject the proposal for awareness programs after listening to the word rape , sex etc. These are some taboo words that we often hear. We want an official notice from education ministry to make sex education a mandatory subject in every school and college.
We have analyised that Mentality Is Not The Reason Behind Rape but it is a major part of this issue.
- We Are Working on Each Factor, Rape Cases are increasing rapidly and mostly within normal family.
The recent rape and murder of an nine month old girl in Warangal (Telangana) . Just think about it and create an image in your mind why this happened? What was the fault of the victim? She was Just 9 months old !!!
The family of another rape victim was murdered by the MLA before the police took any action. The people are angry now but also in despair. So much has happened till now and no doubt our government is taking good steps but a strict action not taken till now . What are we all waiting for? Do the all People's wants to see India's name on 1st number in the unsafe nation list?
First, the Criminal’s rapes the victim and then the system repeatedly rapes the Survivors.
Now cases of suicide by Men’s are increasing Day by Day. A lie from girls destroy men’s life and his entire family suffers the consequences.
Why can’t the law open the blinded eyes and see the hidden truth?
Now we can't ignore these issues any more
You can support us for this mission on this link :-
Please Fight With us Together And Support Youth Against Rape to Stop Rape In India
Thank You For Your Support,
Concerned Indian Youth Group,
Youth Against Rape
( This 1 Crore + sign is impossible without your help please share the link with everyone through WhatsApp , Instagram or others social platforms )
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Imagine working hard for 4-5 months, battling against forces like nature, pests and wild animals to generate a precious produce that brings with it hopes of wealth, expectations and dreams...only to see that produce being sold for extremely low prices and being not wanted by any buyer and then realize that the crop they had planted 5 months ago was a wrong choice.
Agriculture sector in India remains largely disorganized and inefficient due to lack of modern technologies and old-fashioned method of auction trading. Farmers are unaware about the market dynamics and make uninformed decisions when itcomes to sowing crops. This leads to imbalance in supply-demand of agriculture commodities. The proposed system uses data mining techniques to provide farmers with daily market rate predictions and right crop sowing suggestions at the right time. The system suggests crops which shall be in demand at their maturity and also provides a smart trading platform for selling the commodities to institutional buyers.
The method involves farmers and constitutional buyers to make profiles on this platform through their cell phones and uploading their real time crop data and nature of trade respectively. The system then compares this data with the national consumption values obtained from interpolated historical data, to provide accurate crop suggestions with respect to future demand. This method further involves day wise market rate prediction of agriculture commodities, using K-NN algorithm. The predictions are based on the amounts of commodities bought into the market each day. These are tracked from the trades taking place through the system’s time advanced online trading platform. Thus this system aims to decrease the gap between supply and demand and stabilize market rates.
Designed for India's culture
The system uses smartphones and 2G internet as the only infrastructure
Easily deploy-able and easy to maintain
Executable in a low budget
High scope of scaling
Huge Impact by decreasing wastage & stabilizing market ratesRead more
Devendra Fadnavis, Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Chandrakant Patil, The Panvel Municipal commissioner, The Chief Justice High Court Bombay
Every year more than 10000 people are loosing their life in Road Accident. This Number is more than number of people are died due to terrorist attack. Potholes and Negligence in safety measures are highly responsible for this. So, Bad condition and pothole has become the biggest enemy of people in this Country. But, neither government not any agency who are responsible for road are serious about this. people are facing this problem from long time but till now no concrete step taken by Government. No accountability has been set for any one for Bad condition of roads and deaths happen due to Potholes.
Most of the Roads in Mumbai are in bad condition and has sequence of potholes. But the department like PWD, MSRDC, BMC, MMRDA, CIDCO and all the Municipal Corporations have completely failed to give safe and secure road to the people. These authorities start the maintenance just before monsoon, which is nothing but the way to fool the people. Few years back Mumbai was known for good rain, but now Mumbai is known for the potholes and road accidents in monsoon. Maximum roads in Mumbai come in the worst condition after initial rain only. Potholes on the Road is showing the actual efficiency of Departments and Corporation.
Maximum Highway has become a horror highway with sequence of Potholes, No Street Light, No safety signboards, No fencing and signboards at the Median. One of them is Sion Panvel Highway which is main Road to connect two major city of india, Mumbai and bangalore is in pathetic condition this year. Huge potholes are at the maximum places like Kharghar, Juinagar and vashi just before Toll. Due to these potholes large traffic jam are taking place, life of people have become stressful as people are loosing lot of Time, Money and peace. As per my RTI more than 130 people have lost their life and more than 300 accidents have taken place in two years just in stretch of 18 kms. And this highest in all the highways in such short distance of 18 kms. The reason is same - BAD CONDITION OF ROADS.
PWD has constructed this Road 4 years back but still lot of work is pending. More than 2 million people are suffering because of this lazy approach. Many accidents are taking place daily. But no concrete action has been taken this year to maintain the road and its lying in worst condition. I dunno what type of maintenance PWD is doing on this road. Although They are collecting tolls from commercial vehicles at Kopara. The same story is with MSRDC which is collecting tolls are all entry point of Mumbai through their contractor MEP. the Bridges which is under MEP maintenance scope are without street light and full of Potholes.
Then why we are forced to pay the Toll if the authorities and government are not maintaining the Road properly?.
This year in initial monsoon only we saw that maximum roads are water logged whether it’s highway or inside the city. Maximum roads are full of Potholes and maximum low line areas are water logged after small Rain only. Non of Corporation has any intention to work for the welfare. All are busy in blame game.
They have not done the drainage cleaning properly and this has resulted in water logging at all the places. In 2017, One lady Shilpa Puri Lost her life in Kharghar as she skid from her scooty and cane coming from backside went above her. It was clear from the cctv that she skidded due to Potholes but CIDCO, who is the responsible authority has no regret and no pressure of that because Police never file case on Government agencies. This is really a unfortunate face of our system. We can see huge number of Potholes in maximum Roads of kharghar this year too, No lesson learnt from last year case.
Potholes maintenance have become the regular business of contractors and I think officers are enjoying the potholes maintenance too. But because of this greed people are loosing their life and suffering everyday. Just before monsoon authorities start their work which is not of any use. Its the game of corruption where contractor and authorities both loot so much money in fake maintenance.
Other Roads Kalyan Bhiwandi Road, Thane Ghodbunder, Eastern Express Highway and many internal turned into extremely bad mode because of Potholes, many accidents are taking place every year, many families lost their members in Road accident, But no lesson learned. Roads are still in Bad condition. We are not able to understand the intention of Government on This. Why you are playing with the life of people.
We are not paying taxes to enjoy your ministers and officers, we are paying for safety, Roads and development of country. So, I will request to take appropriate action before common public take action against administration.
Navi Mumbai is suffering from Huge traffic jam and only responsible agency is PWD. Who has completely failed to maintain the Road. As well as poor work of Mep at Belapur bridge has led the road blockage from belapur to Kharghar, although they are collecting huge amount of rupees in toll.
I have filled PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION in BOMBAY HIGH COURT on 17th July 2018 for the bad Condition of Roads, expecting fair judgement from Judiciary in Public Interest. But till then we need that government must act and provide us with our FUNDAMENTAL RIGHt, That is GOOD ROAD. and we all are paying all the taxes including DADAGIRI TAX (i. e. Toll Tax) to government for this only.
WE WANT SAFE AND POTHOLE ROAD all across INDIA. As a responsible Citizen we have some request which you must accept for Public Welfare.
1. Toll collection must be stopped on Immediate basis as they have failed to maintain the Roads. Instead they must be fined and paid to Vehicle owner whose vehicle has been damaged due to potholes.
2. Action on the officers and contractors who did poor construction of Road. As well as blacklist the contractors who have done the construction of the Roads which are in poor condition.
3. Government must pay the compensation to the families whose family member lost their life in Road accident as well as to people who injured in accident due to bad condition of Road.
4.Citizen Participation to Monitor and Advise for Road Construction and Maintenance.
5. There must be Board on all the Roads with proper contact number and email id of the authorities responsible for maintenance of road.
Hopefully, This petition who has signed by so many people will be taken on Priority by the Government and Judiciary.
Petition By - Deepak Singh
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Deepak singhNavi Mumbai, India
Nestlé, PepsiCo, Narendra Modi, Jeff Bezos, Devendra Fadnavis, Ramon laguarta, James Quincey
We all know that uncontrolled use of plastic is a disaster from a health and environmental perspective and is a serious challenge to us, our future generations and all life on the planet. Poor and developing countries and poorest of poor are the biggest victims. Yes but dont forget eventually the monster of unsustainable living will devour everyone here.
While we are banning plastic bags which are used by small vegetables vendors and shop keepers, the big companies are having a free run and continue to propogate the unmitigated disaster. Their tall claims and talk on sustainability and being purpose driven not withstanding- which in that case becomes quite meaningless and merely a PR exercise or action taken when really forced to.
Humans dont need those plastic water bottles like Bisleri, Aquafina, Pure Life, Evian, Kinley etc. It is causing far more harm than good. We must find better ways of delivering clean water.
We dont need those plastic lined packs used to pack 50 grams of chips which are harmful, unhealthy and exorbitantly priced.
We dont need those supari, chutki, cadbury, manikchand etc in small plastic pouches.
Companies like Amazon are using huge amounts of plastic to deliver their products. Even when I used plastic bags I never used the kind of single use plastic and thermocol etc. It 10 times or much more !!
Just about 15 years ago we didnt buy our daals and rice in plastic bags and we didnt have all the stuff packed in huge amounts of plastic. We wont die if we dont do that today but we will certainly kill ourselves and the planet if we dont act fast ! A bit of inconvenience (if at all) is a tiny price to save our environment. Else we face an unmitigated disaster and unthinkable misery to humans and all life forms.
We must pass laws to make sure
1. In a short span time they move to sustainable packaging and maximum recycling.
- It is perfectly fine if we dont get 50 grams of potato sold as unhealthy chips sold at extortionate kind of prices
- It will be great if we get rid of those plastic bottles use to pack those extremely unhealthy soft drinks.
- Companies like Amazon must find better ways of delivering products else the world is better of without them. The world doesnt need Amazon, Amazon needs the world !Read more
Maneka Gandhi, JP Nadda, Satyendra Jain, Devendra Fadnavis, Mamata Banerjee, C. Laxma Reddy, Supriya Sule, Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Caesarean deliveries have become a business. The hospitals and doctors are making money off unsuspecting women and pushing them towards surgical deliveries.
Even though serious complications were not detected, I was cut open to deliver my baby. I wanted to have a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section as it was presented to be more ’scientific, modern and risk-free’. I was misled, manipulated, confused and my choice was overriden. For many of us, the right to informed-refusal or consent during childbirth is hardly an option either due to lack of awareness or the high-handed attitude of doctors.
It was a long, painful, depressing recovery for me and when I looked into this issue, what I found was alarming.
India’s C-section rate is growing exponentially. The fact that private hospitals have a much higher rate of C-sections than public hospitals has a direct correlation to the fact that surgical deliveries cost so much more than normal ones in these facilities.
Recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children. Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money. To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully.
That’s why I, with support of the NGO Birth India, started this petition asking the Women and Child Development ministry to issue an advisory to the Medical Council of India to
Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Caesarean delivery rates to patients.
Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate.
Frame clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children
World Health Organisation (WHO) norms prescribe that C-section deliveries should be ideally 10-15 per cent of the total number of deliveries in the country. However, in urban Telengana, 74.8% of the private sector deliveries are by C-section and it is as high as 41% in Kerala and it is 58% in Tamil Nadu, according to a report by the ICMR School of Public Health.
It is important that even women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. The fact is that only 10% of births should be via C-section, however, in Indian private hospitals that rate is close to 50%. This is a serious health risk and the government has to take action NOW!
Sign my petition and ask the Women and Child Development ministry to end this harmful practice by hospitals.
Image Courtesy: abdn.ac.ukRead more
At the age of seven, I was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mumbai, in a most unhygienic and clandestine manner. The shock and trauma of that day are still with me.
Like me, there are thousands of my Dawoodi Bohra sisters who have been subjected to genital cutting as children and even today thousands of Bohra girls are being subjected to this practice, since it has been ordained by the clergy of our community.
A few months ago, women like me got together under the forum - ‘Speak out on FGM’ - to begin a conversation on this extremely secretive ritual which has caused physical and psychological damage to each of us in some way or the other.
We the undersigned women, who have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also known as ‘Khatna’ belong to the Dawoodi Bohra community which has its major adherents in India.
The practice of FGM is done surreptiously and in a clandestine manner to all the girl children in our community, without any consent whatsoever. The alleged reason for this tradition is to curb the sexual drive of women and control them.
The Dawoodi Bohras are amongst the most educated in India, yet we are also the only Muslim community in India to practice FGM. The practice has nothing to do with religion and is more of a cultural practice.
Most of us are too scared to speak out publicly. We fear ostracization, social boycott and exclusion of our families from the rest of the community by our religious clergy if we object to the continuation of this practice.
FGM has no health benefits, in fact it harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls' and women's bodies. FGM is often done without anaesthesia, without medical supervision and sometimes the procedure goes horribly wrong.
It often leads to pain, shock, tetanus, genital sores, excessive bleeding, etc. It also has long-lasting psychological impact on the victims, ranging from sexual disorders, fear of sexual intimacy, nightmares and post traumatic stress disorder.
In December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted a unanimous resolution on the elimination of FGM. Across the world FGM is being outlawed in many countries. Nigeria and Gambia recently made FGM illegal after women came together, campaigned and raised their voice. FGM is banned in over 20 countries in Africa itself.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies FGM as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. According to WHO, FGM reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children.
In Australia, three Dawoodi Bohras were held guilty of FGM recently by the Supreme Court of New Wales, Australia. The case was closely watched by the Dawoodi Bohra community in India.
We urge the Government to pass a law banning this practice in India, such that anyone found involved in aiding, abetting and perpetrating this practice should be punished. Pressure of this law and fear of punishment will be the best way to put a stop to this cruel practice.
I along with my Dawoodi Bohra sisters want to raise our voice against FGM in India and put an end to this. You can support us by signing this petition.
Sign our petition and ask the government of India to act against Female Genital Mutilation!
Masooma Ranalvi, Aarefa Johari, Insia Dariwala, Shabnum Poonawala, Nafisa Pardawala, Farida Ali, Tasneema Ranalvi, Hanan Adarkar, Shaheeda Kirtane, Tanvee Vasudevan, Ummul Ranalvi, Zainub Poonawala, Sana Vaidya, Zehra Patwa, Farzana Doctor, Fiza Jha, Zarine Hashim
On Behalf of SPEAK OUT ON FGMRead more
Caesarean deliveries have become a business. Private hospitals in India conduct C-section deliveries even when they are not required so that they can make money.
I was cut open to deliver my baby even though there was no medical reason. I wanted a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section because doctors misled and manipulated me.
I had a long and painful recovery. In fact, recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children.
Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money.
I wanted to make sure that no other woman is misled like I was. When I looked into the issue, what I found was alarming.
WHO guidelines say that C-section deliveries should only be 10-15% of total deliveries. I was shocked to learn that in my own state of Maharashtra, 33.1% of all deliveries are C-section births.
To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully.
That’s why I, with support of the NGO Birth India, are asking the Maharashtra CM to issue an advisory to all Maharashtra Hospitals:
Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Caesarean delivery rates to patients.
Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate.
Frame clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children
Smt Maneka Gandhi, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development has already strongly supported this campaign at the National level. She called C-section deliveries a commercial racket and has called for their regulation.
The Union Health Ministry is also drafting rules that will direct all private hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme to disclose their C-section rates.
However most hospitals are regulated by their respective state government, and that is why I am appealing to the Maharashtra CM to take action in his state. He will also set a strong example that can be followed by other states.
It is important that women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. This is a serious health risk and the Maharashtra government has to take action NOW!Read more
Mumbai Marathon is a special race. The great weather, the flat course, the sea breeze and most of all the wonderful crowd support from cheerful Mumbaikers from all walks of life during the race is rare to find in any other Indian city. The city which never stops, halts completely for a few hours so that runners can have the roads to themselves.
I have run this race many times and every time I come back with some great memories from the run. Race organization by Procam is professional and they scale up to the bigger participation every year, but if there is one thing that I have not seen any improvement in, and it can surely improve by leaps and bounds, it is that of waste management and waste reduction during the race and at the holding area.
Be it the single use plastic 250 ml bottles, tetrapaks distributed at aid stations, cold food packaged with thin plastic at finish line, that hardly anyone can stomach post run, there is a huge scope for improvement in how the event can grow up to be a green event in the true sense. While the messaging on littering is a great first step to ask runners to take responsibilty for #SwachhBharat, a lot more onus is on the event organizers themselves to raise the bar.
Following are the top 5 areas that TMM event organizers must aspire to address:
1. Cut down number of single use disposable water bottles used during the run: Plastic water bottles can only be downcycled and never recyled into another bottle, which means that every plastic bottle you use is made from non-renewable resource - petroleum. In addition to water bottles, organizers can have dedicated refill stations with water dispensers and reusable cups so that runners who prefer carrying their own bottles can fill water. This also reduces wastage of precious drinking water as most runners throw away the bottle away after a sip. Organizers must refrain from using paper cups as they have a plastic coating thus greatly reducing its recyclability.
2. Zero waste holding area for pre/post race. Why do we need 250ml bottles at the finish line? After finish, the runner needs to drink much more water than a few sips. The holding/finish area must contain only water dispensers with reusable cups.
3. Remove Premixed electrolyte tetrapaks with straws and plastic - Replace them with the powder equivalent and have the volunteers mix it in jugs and pour into cups. Straws and plastic covers have virtually NIL recyclable value. Tetrapaks also are non-recyclable and can be upcycled only through the parent company's CSR initiative.
4. Stop serving packaged cold food post run - We runners deserve better. Period. Please serve hot food on steel or biodegradable arecanut/leaf plates. This also reduces wastage of food and unnecessary wrapping which is again non-recyclable.
5. Compulsory waste audit - Please do a detailed waste audit post event and make the data public.
Procam does not have to look further than its sister event TCS 10k that is organized in Bengaluru in May every year. Apart from the single use water bottles, there are also refill stations and reusable cups especially catering to the Dream run equivalent - Majja run, that usually has large number of runners who are not focused on a fast finish. The post race meal last year was freshly made, hot and served on bio-degradable arecanut plates.
Another large city marathon to look up to is Bengaluru Marathon organized by NEB sports that has embraced green initiatives right from its first edition, from zero waste race hydration to post run hot food on steel cutlery. Even the event booklet given in the goodie bag carried a page on awareness on reducing the waste footprint.
Three days past the event, waste from Azad maidan is still being sorted. Putting more hands sorting through garbage is neither profitable nor dignified to the waste workers. Generating less waste is any day better than generating garbage. If this event truly wants to embrace Swachh Bharat, Procam must look at more concrete steps than just 'not littering' and shifting the onus onto the runners. The Mumbai Municipal corporation must evaluate and monitor the amount of waste generated by this mega event and insist on detailed waste audit. As the title sponsor, TCS must insist on a greener roadmap for the event.
Please sign the petition for leaving Mumbai a clean and green place. Measure your Personal Best performances not only with the hard work that you put in, but also by the waste you leave behind.
Love Mumbai. Hate Waste.
#SwachhBharat #SwachhMumbai #RunGreen
Pictures of trash from 2018 and earlier editions: https://photos.app.goo.gl/8h4h1rWbndmsWht23
2018 Venue pictures/video - Thanks to the anonymous Mumbaiker for contributing the pictures.
SCMM 2013, SCMM 2014 Editions - Midday
TMM 2018 - http://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/mumbai-marathon-2018-runners-face-hurdles-on-their-way-to-finishing-line-slam-organizers/1207699Read more
Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra,
Shree Devendra Fadnavis.
Empress Garden, Pune dates back to 1838, when it was spread over 55 acres, home to some of the oldest and rare species of trees. Over the years, various Governments handed over bits and pieces of it to other organisations and now only 38 acres of the precious Garden are left.
Various petitions in the past were heard approved by the Govt. and land aquisitions stopped, one of them being 28 acres of Empress Garden to be handed over to the Turf Club.
Hopefully, we can make our voice heard once again to stop 10 acres of theEmpress Garden being alloted for construction purpose. Pune will slowly become a concrete jungle and as polluted as Delhi if we strangle its green oxygen belt.
Also, in order to stop any further aquisistions for Empress Garden, it should be made a World Heritage Site.
Request the Public viewers to please sign this petition to save Empress Garden, Pune, and request the Hon. Chief Minister to reconsider handing over of 10 acres for construction.Read more
No Electricity in Mumbai in our 72nd year of Indian Independence?
Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana Saubhagya ( meaning electricity in every home) is a flagship scheme, floated by the PM of India, Shri Narendra Modi, QUEST ( Quality Evaluation For Sustainable Transformation) by Maharashtra CM Shri Devendra Fadnavis, with special budgetary allocations for Tribals, was launched in April 2018, and YET, within the City of Dreams & India’s Financial Capital MUMBAI CITY, we have households without electric connections!
Naushacha Pada is an old Adivasi village of Aarey Forest, now within the precincts of the Mumbai Veterinary college Goregaon East. As part of the Swach Bharat & Open Defecation Free campaigns, I had arranged for Toilets for this village. On my visit there I noticed that even though the village is a stone’s throw from the bustling Western Express Highway of Mumbai and in spite of there being a tar road with street lights within touching distance of the Adivasi huts, the Adivasis have no electricity.
This glaring injustice shook me. Visits to the many other Adivasi Villages of Aarey Forest showed the same pattern. The Government quarters were electrified, whereas the indigenous Warli tribes, living in the Aarey forest for generations, were in the dark.
The 100-year-old Vanicha Pada has an unused electric substation set up 2 years ago, yet today, the village has no electricity.
“We need a No Objection Certificate from the Government” is what Adani Power told me, as being the reason for not granting power connections to these villages.
I request you to sign my petition and help the Warli tribes of Aarey Forest get Freedom from Darkness.
#BattiJalao #SwitchOn # AdivasiLivesMatter # BijliChahiye