AMRITAPURI:President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday launched the ambitious ‘Jivamritam’ project of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. The project which intends to provide filtration systems for clean drinking water in 5,000 villages spread over the nation comes at a total cost of Rs 100 crore. In a programme organised at the Darshana Hall of the Math, the President distributed Swachh Bharat Abhiyan certificates to villages adopted by the Math, subsequently declaring them open defecation free (ODF). He also distributed certificates to beneficiaries who have undergone free surgeries at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.
As per the estimates of the Math, the Jivamritam project will directly benefit one crore villagers in the nation. Conceptualised and designed by faculty and students of Amrita University, the project is being fully funded by the Math.
“Each Jivamritam System is capable of filtering the daily drinking-water needs of up to 400 five-member families. Our plan is to deploy 5,000 Jivamritam Systems within one year, provided there are timely permissions from local administrations,” said Maneesha V Ramesh, head of the Jivamritam project, Amrita University.After launching the project, the President along with Mata Amritanandamayi and other dignitaries watched a Jivamritam System providing clean water to villagers in Klappana, here via live-stream.
12 villages declared as ODF
During the event, President Ram Nath Kovind presented three village leaders with certificates verifying their respective villages as ODF. The three were part of the 12 villages adopted by the Math, where women were provided training to build their own toilets. It also trained women to be community organisers in sanitation and hygiene awareness.
Certificates for 1,940 beneficiaries
It was followed by the presentation of certificates to 1,940 economically challenged persons who were provided with free medical treatment at Amrita Hospital. The President presented the certificates to five such beneficiaries on stage.
Prez leaves for Delhi
T’Puram: President Ram Nath Kovind left for New Delhi at 1.25 pm on Sunday. after a one-day visit to Kerala. Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, ministers Kadakampally Surendran, Ramachandran Kadannapally and Mayor V K Prasanth were present at the Air Force Technical Area, to see him off.
Light showers welcome Prez on his maiden visit
T’Puram: Light showers welcomed President Ram Nath Kovind on his maiden visit to the state on Sunday. Clad in dark blue, Kovind took the salute and inspected the Guard of Honour presented by an Army contingent at the Air Force Technical Area at Shankhumugham. Though security personnel rushed to him with umbrellas, he chose instead to brave the weather and stand on the dais in the rain. The President, who is on a one-day visit to inaugurate the welfare activities of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math in Kollam, arrived in Thiruvananthapuram by 9.20 am. He was received by Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, top government functionaries and officers of the three services.Shortly after, Kovind boarded an Air Force chopper for the NTPC Helipad at Kayamkulam, from where he was to take the road to the Math. Present were Ministers Kadakampally Surendran, K Raju and Ramachandran Kadannappally, Mayor V K Prasanth, MLAs O Rajagopal, M Vincent and V S Sivakumar, Air Marshal R K S Bhadauria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command; Chief Secretary K M Abraham, State Police Chief Loknath Behera, Principal Secretary Bishwanath Sinha, Rear Admiral K Swaminathan, Chief Staff Officer-Training, Southern Naval Command; Brigadier M A J Fernandez, Commanding Officer, 91 Infantry Brigade, Pangode; District Collector K Vasuki and City Police Commissioner P Prakash.