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t a function held at the Mata Amritanandamayi Math in Kollam, Honourable President Shri Ram Nath Kovind launched a new charitable initiative through which the Math aims to provide filtration for clean drinking water to one crore [10 million] villagers throughout the nation. The initiative was inaugurated in the presence of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma). Also present on the dais were the Honourable Governor of Kerala, Justice P. Sathasivam; Honourable Minister for Devaswom, Tourism & Cooperation, Sri. Kadakampally Surendran; Sri. K.C. Venugopal, MP and All India Congress Committee Secretary; and Sri. R. Ramachandran, MLA.
The initial phase of the project — which aims to install “Jivamritam” filtration systems for clean drinking water in 5,000 villages throughout the nation — is being completely funded by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, at an expectant cost of Rs. 100 crore [$15.27 Million U.S.]. Each Jivamritam System can filter the daily drinking-water needs of up to 400 five-member families, potentially providing safe and clean drinking water to one crore villagers.
Speaking on the occasion, Honorable President Shri Ram Nath Kovind said “Kerala has been one of the leading spiritual homes of our country. The fame of spiritualism has shone bright in the state for thousands of years, with such revered people as Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Narayan Guru, and Ayyankali. They did much to unite our country with a common sense of spiritualism and push for social reform. Mata Amritanandamayi represents this enlightened spiritual tradition of Kerala. She sees her spiritual mission as a contribution to nation building. Spiritualism challenges us to raise the quality of human consciousness as well as the quality of life of every human being. The projects of the Math that are being initiated today do just that. They aim to provide clean drinking water in 5,000 villages across the country, and they strive to make villages Open Defecation Free. Such initiatives promote the health and well-being of common people, and are reflective of both the spiritualism and the progressive ideals of Kerala – as embodied by Amma. Above all, such initiatives help build a better society and a happier nation.”
The Jivamritam System was conceptualized and designed by faculty and students of the Math’s five-campus university, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University). The Math intends to deploy all 5,000 Jivamritam Systems within one year, provided there is timely permissions from local administrations.
President Kovind inaugurated Jivamritam in the presence of spiritual leader and humanitarian Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) by unveiling a model system to thousands of devotees who had gathered for the occasion. The President, Amma and the gathered devotees, then watched a Jivamritam System provide clean water to villagers in Clappana, Kollam, via a live-stream connection.
President Kovind also participated in two other charitable initiatives of the Math — specifically, the bestowing of certificates to 1,940 totally free surgeries at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center in Kochi, and the distribution of certificates verifying that 12 villages adopted by the Math have been declared Open Defecation Free.