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St Aloysius honours Bharat Paryatan Cyclist Bajesh Sharma

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Mangaluru: St Aloysius College (Autonomous), honoured Cyclist Brajesh Sharma,  a 36-year-old young man from Madhya Pradesh holding a nationwide “Bharat Paryatan” Mission since 2019 to bring awareness on Single use of Plastic and Organic Farming, who reached St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru on 14 July 2022.

Principal, Rev. Dr Praveen Martis, SJ, congratulated Brajesh Sharma for his noteworthy mission and encouraged him to complete his mission. He said that Brijesh Sharma is doing a wonderful job by spreading awareness about the single use of plastic and organic farming to save mother earth as well as all the living beings. We all should encourage his thoughtful mission and contribute whatever way possible to save our mother earth, he added.

Dr Alwyn D’Sa, Registrar & Controller of Examinations, introduced Brajesh Sharma and his mission to the audience.

Brijesh Sharma in his speech said “My aim is to reach as many children, adults and farmers, and see that my campaign against Single-Use plastic and Organic farming is proven fruitful and successful. I am happy that so far I have interacted with more than 30 lakh students and nine lakh farmers on various issues. I have noted that when kids are enlightened, they will naturally urge their parents to shun single-use plastic. It should be also noted that the country’s core strength lies in rural India and organic farming and both should not be disturbed.”

Directors of various blocks, Deans of various streams, teaching and non-teaching staff were present for the programme. Roshan compered the programme.

Brajesh Sharma launched his campaign on 17 September 2019 from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday, and reaching Mangaluru by peddling almost 36,000 kms covering nine states, including over 7500 places and 215 cities. He has interacted with thousands of school and college students in an effort to convince them of the benefits of organic farming and the dangers of single-use plastic. He stops in villages and talks with farmers about organic farming and its benefits.

Brajesh Sharma has so far covered nine states, including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa, and will be touring various places in Karnataka. During his journey, he visits schools and colleges to create awareness of organic farming and single-use plastic.

About Brajesh Sharma

Cyclist Brajesh Sharma is hailing from Sikroda in Morena district, Madhya Pradesh. He is the son of Rajendra Prasad Sharma, a businessman and (late) Ms Meera Sharma, having three sisters and one brother. After his graduation in Arts, he joined India’s BSF from 2008-2012. Unfortunately, he had to quit from BSF as he injured his leg due to a bike accident. Later, he worked in TCS in Gujrat, after which he worked in Georgia, Europe till 2019.

Sharma, who was working at a private company in Europe, once saw a video where a bird was trapped in plastic. He then decided to embark on a drive to create awareness about the threat to life and the environment from plastic. He quit his job and took a mission under the title “Bharat Paryatan” by riding a bicycle and started spreading awareness about single use of plastic and organic farming.

During the campaign, Sharma prefers any roadside shelter including dhabas, temples, bus shelters instead of renting the lodges. Many local people have come forward to offer him food and accommodation, after hearing about his mission.

In Mangaluru, while he was travelling on National Highway Police Constable Venkatesh of Urwa Police Station meeting Sharma offered to stay with him, in his apartment near Urwa Stores, also providing him food. He said that he rides with just three pairs of clothes and buys new ones only after the existing ones get soiled or worn out. He said until now he has already spent close to Rs four lakhs on this journey, and now is totally out of his savings, but he will never quit his campaign whatsoever, as many kind donors have come forward to help him financially.

During his stay in Mangaluru, Brajesh Sharma met MCC Commissioner Akshy Sridhar, DCP Anshu Kumar Srivatsav (DCP-Law & Order), Mangaluru, Police Commissioner of Mangaluru, N Shashi Kumar and Arun Prabha-General Manager-Technical at MSCL. They praised the initiative of Brajesh promoting awareness on Single-Use plastic, and Organic Farming.

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