Tobacco Free Concert at RabindraSadan, Kolkata. Eminent Singer Smt. NupurChakraborty and renowned Bangla Band ParasPathar performed in presence of Dr. SubodhDey, MMIC-Health, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, other dignitaries and more than 600 youths.
Art Camps at Schools and Art Camp by Involving the Renowned Artists of Bengal and Final Exhibitions and Facilitation Ceremony.
With request from West Bengal Correctional Services, Government of West Bengal, MANT has prepared a drama coupled with folk songs for the inmates of the Presidency Correctional Home. The Secretary of MANT wrote and directed the play. The drama was performed by the inmates in Presidency, Alipur Central, and Dumdum Central Correctional Homes on 31st May, 2008 in august presence of IG (Correctional Services), and other dignitaries. More than 5000 inmates enjoyed the play and Audio-visual presentation prepared by MANT.
In addition, Tobacco Control Cell, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal supported to organize street theatres in 4 corners of Kolkata City. On 30th May MANT could organize participatory street plays in Gariahat Crossing, Hazra Crossing, in front of Academy of Fine Arts and in Tiljala. A leaflet was prepared for the occasion and distributed among spectators. More than 10000 people saw the plays.
Road Rally: In partnership with Picnic Saba Samity along with 12 youth clubs MANT could organiise the rally which was participated by 45 youths. Before the race a planned Public Campaign through Public Address system for 7 days in 19 neighbourhoods was of Tiljala and Topshia area was conducted along with wall writing and postering for the Rally. The Prize Distribution Ceremony was organized at the end of the Race which was attended by 5000 people.
Awareness Campaign in Correctional Homes: A short skit was prepared and presented by the Inmates of the correctional homes and the skit was presented in 3 Central Correctional Homes of Kolkata.
Debate Competition among youths and adolescents of Purulia.
Manbhum Ananda Ashram Nityananda Trust (MANT) with all embracing support from Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), New Delhi, India had organized a Press Meeting & a Multi-Departmental Panel Discussion in the calm and quiet ambience of Press Club, Kolkata, West Bengal, India as an imperative ingredient of World No Tobacco Day observance; with the intention of creating an upbeat responsiveness of News Publishing Houses in Banning Tobacco Advertisement, Promotion & Sponsorship by Tobacco Companies. An assortment of leading lights from different walks of the society had ornamented the Programme. President’s chair had been adorned by the presence of Dr. Subrata Maitra, Honourable MDEG, Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, West Bengal, India. Programme had also been decked by Mr. Sujit Ganguly, D.C, Seventh Battalion, Lalbazar, Mr. Debang Gandhi, an eminent national level Cricket Player, Kalyan Choudhury; a reverent Cricket Player of Bengal, Himadri Majumder, Consultant, WBSTCC, Dr.Chandidas Mukherjee, Secretary, MANT & others. Various Media Houses like – AIR News, Kalantar, Dainik Statesman, Anandabazar Patrika, Bengal Editor, Aaj Tak, Sambad Pratidin, The Statesman, Times of India, Telegraph and Rajasthan Patrika were present to cover the Press Meeting & Multi-Departmental Panel Discussion. For MANT, the programme was the Gateway to the Movement against any Tobacco-use, Sale, Advertising, Promotion & Sponsorship!!!!
2014 : Appeal To Raise Taxes On Tobacco
Manbhum Ananda Ashram Nityananda Trust (MANT), a non-government development and non religious organization in association with The International Union Against Tuberculosis And Lung Disease hosted a panel discussion on “Should India Increase Taxes On Tobacco?” to mark World No Tobacco Day. Ace footballers Mr Mehtab Hussain & Mr Arnab Mandal, Actor, Mr Hiran, theatre personality, Mr Manish Mitra & Mrs Papiya Sen, Director, MANT participated in this panel discussion. The panel univocally supported the issue and raised their voice to raise taxes on tobacco and tobacco products especially, cigarettes.
1. Promise Towards Smoke-Free Howrah
District Health and Family Welfare Samiti, Howrah in association with Manbhum Ananda Ashram Nityananda Trust (MANT), a non-government development and non religious organization and Bloomberg Initiative, USAand The International Union Against Tuberculosis And Lung Disease hosted a progamme of Taking an Oath for Promise Towards Smoke-Free Howrah on the eve of Observance of World No Tobacco Day at Sarat Sadan, Howrah featuring Hon.ble Minister, Agriculture Marketing Mr. Arup Roy; Smt. Karabi Dhul , Hon.ble Sabhadhipati, Howrah Zila Parishad; Dr. Nirmal Majhi, Hon.ble Parliamentary Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal; Dr. B.R. Satpathy, DHS; Smt. Bhabani Das (Hon.ble CMOH, Howrah); Dr. Kunal Kanti De, Hon.ble Dy. CMOH-II and many others.
2. Observance in Press Club of Kolkata
The main focus of the programme was the “Promise Towards Stopping Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products”. Among the Honorable guests there were Dr. Sanjoy Kapoor (MD, JSI – India, New Delhi), Dr. Arnab Gupta (Director, Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre and Research Institute), Ex. Professor Ms. Krishna Basu (Famous Poet), Ms. Labanya Dutta (RJ of Radio Mirchi), Mr. Krishna Chandra Bain (Chief Manager of Bank of Mysore). The honorable guests shared their personal experiences regarding the harmful effects of tobacco and the need to implement COTPA 2003.
The guests came in harmony for the cause of World No Tobacco Day and expressed the need to reduce tobacco consumption.
The Tobacco Control Website was introduced to enable the people to access all information related to tobacco. As there are gross violations related to tobacco, so the Tobacco Watch Application was introduced to facilitate people to file complaints for tobacco control.
Moreover a compliance study was done in 5 districts of West Bengal which are Purulia, Bankura, Kolkata, Howrah and Paschim Medinipur was released showing the rate of compliance to tobacco control in the 5 districts.