Jamshedpur: A mini marathon christened as ‘Paryathon’ was organized at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Friday on the occasion of Ozone Day as a part of the ongoing campaign launched by the district administration against polythene.
Hundreds of city residents including a majority of youths participated in the mini marathon under the leadership of Amit Kumar, deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum.
Many dignitaries including Padmashree and ace archer Deepika Kumari, Dronacharya Award winner Purnima Mahato, international archer Jhanu Hansda, boxer Aruna Mishra and Arjuna awardee Bagicha Singh were also present on the occasion to motivate the participants.
At the end of the event, three male and as many female runners were felicitated by the administration. The winners from men’s category included Khela Soren, Raziur Rehman and Hemant Gope while those from women’s category included Basanti Hembram, Sangita Horo and Pinki Mardi.
Prior to the beginning of the mini-marathon, archer Deepika Kumari encouraged the participants by giving them badges.
Addressing the participants, the DC said that polythene was responsible for causing immense damage to the environment. He said everyone should stop using polythene bags and other similar products destroying the environment. He said the campaign launched by the district administration will continue in the coming days.
The motto of the No Polythene campaign is ‘Jamshedpur Ne Liya Hai Thaan, Polythene Ke Virudh Jari Rahega Abhiyan’ (Jamshedpur has taken the resolve, the campaign against polythene will continue).
The participants of the event also included cops from Jharkhand Armed Police 6, Indian Reserve Battalion, district police, Civil Defence, Indian Red Cross Society, National Cadet Corps, Kasturba residential school children and players of Tata Sports Department.
Today’s programme was conducted by DPRO Sanjay Kumar. A vote of thanks was proposed by SDO of Dhalbhum Suraj Kumar.