Friends of Tribal Society (FTS) launches
the second edition of Ekal Run in the city
News Desk, News Nation 360: Friends of Tribals Society (FTS), a premier non-profit, non-governmental and voluntary organization, headquartered in Kolkata, organized a second version of Ekal Run marathon (Kolkata chapter) in Kolkata. The event was flagged off from Godrej Waterside, Sec-V, Salt Lake in the presence of noted celebrities like Agnimitra Paul and city corporates like Dipak Jalan, Vivek Gupta and Debashis Sen. The event saw overwhelming participation from more than 2700 people from the city in the category of 3 km, 5km, 10 km and 21 km run. Over the past 30 years, there have been 34 chapters of Ekal Run across India, which contributed to the formation of around one lakh one thousand four hundred seventeen ‘Ekal Vidyalayas’ or One-Teacher schools. These schools provide basic literacy to approximately 25 lakh children in tribal and rural clusters of India. Reaching the figure of 1-lakh schools across India, Honourable Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, told, working with passion, dedication and commitment turn an impossible goal into an achievable one. He highlighted the fact that the organization has been awarded Gandhi Peace Prize due to its commitment towards social service and for being an inspirational role model for the whole country. Ekal Run 2.0 is the second version of Friends of Tribal Society’s Kolkata chapter and was aimed at creating awareness about the Ekal Abhiyan movement amongst the people. All the monetary receiving of the initiative will be contributed towards the education of tribal and rural children under the Ekal Abhiyan movement of FTS. The event was graced by Debashis Sen, Chairman, HIDCO, S. Raveendran, IG, CRPF, Arun Lal (Former Cricketer), who officially flagged off the run. In addition to this, city-based corporates, CenturyPly, Pentonic, Skipper, Deco, GreenPly and Infinity supported the event. Kishan Kejriwal, President, FTS, Kolkata Chapter, told, they have been working persistently towards the tribal community upliftment and empowering the children of this rural cluster by providing basic literacy is one of their primary goals. Organizing initiatives like Ekal Run, they intend to create awareness
about the Ekal Abhiyan movement and encourage the city towards contributing this noble cause. Vinay Chugh, Joint Secretary, FTS & Chairman, Ekal Yuva Kolkata, and Niraj Kumar Harodia, Secretary, FTS, told, they have been working persistently over 30 years towards the upliftment of the tribal community and initiatives like Ekal Run has helped them reach out to the people in a more constructive way. They are extremely thrilled to receive overwhelming participation from the city in Ekal Run 2.0. They look forward to more remarkable versions in the coming year.
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Report : Anustup Kundu