Staff Reporter

Bangalore: A 350-km “padayatra” with an agenda that is neither religious nor political will begin on September 4 from Saragur in H.D. Kote taluk in Mysore district and will culminate in Bangalore on October 2.

The padayatra has been conceived by the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) and it will cover nearly 100 villages in the districts of Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Mandya, Ramanagara and Bangalore.

Led by the president of SVYM, R. Balasubramaniam, the main objective of the walk is to create awareness on the Right to Information Act, social audit and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

The walk also aims to create an environment of positive thinking and help people understand the importance of community so that they take responsibility to cleanse the system rather than complain about it. The padayatra will reach Bangalore via Beerwal, Yediyala, Begur, Gundlupet, Tarakanambi, Chamarajanagar, Yelandur, Kollegal, Malavalli and Kanakapura.

The focus of the walk is empowerment through information. A team of cyclists will precede the walkers, mobilising people and preparing them for the interaction they will have with the participants of the walk.

The participants will spend the nights at villages along the route. The stops have been planned for every 10 to 12 km. They will stage street plays and distribute pamphlets and books.

“The event will be funded by resources mobilised from the residents of the villages,” said Mr. Balasubramaniam. “Not more than Rs. 10 will be accepted,” he added.

Anyone is welcome to join the walk for as long and as far as they like.

For details, call R. Balasubramaniam on 9448079611.