Rotary International has spent more than Rs. 5,500 crore since 1985 on its global mission to eradicate polio. But, though its efforts have succeeded in several countries, a recent survey indicated the prevalence of polio in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, said Avinash Potdar, governor, RI District 3170.Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Potdar said there was not even one case of polio reported in India in 2011.

Honorary membership

The World Health Organisation, in appreciation of the role played by Rotary International in the eradication of polio, accorded honorary membership to it.

Mr. Potdar announced details of the 53rd conference of RID 3170, which will be held at the C.P.Ed. grounds in the city from January 27 to 29.

So far, 2,000 Rotarians have registered for the event, which will feature talks from celebrities, plenary sessions, discussions by experts and community welfare matters.

The RID 3170 consists of 127 clubs in north Karnataka, Goa and south Maharashtra, and has a membership of 4,891.