Sachin Tendulkar Launches ‘Mission 24’

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on 12 September 2017 launched Mission-24 a programme aimed at improving the quality of life in one of Mumbai’s poorest wards through collaborative efforts in the next 24 months. Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on 12 September 2017 launched Mission-24 a programme aimed at improving the quality of life in one of Mumbai’s poorest wards through collaborative efforts in the next 24 months.

The project was launched by NGO Apnalaya and Mumbai First in partnership with the BMC. At a press conference at BMC’s office, Tendulkar emphasised on working collectively for the less privileged sections of the society. “It really disturbs me that M-East ranks the lowest in the human development index. This [Mission-24] is a step in the right direction to find solutions and make Mumbai a better place to live in,” said Tendulkar.

The Swachch Bharat ambassador also emphasised on the need to segregate waste in the city. Apnalaya CEO Arun Kumar said they have already earmarked locations where the infrastructure can be developed. According to reports submitted by Apnalaya (in February), the HDI in the M-East ward is 0.05 as compared to Kurla, which at rank 23, is 0.29. The ward has no hospitals, no maternity homes and it survives on one dispensary and 4 health posts.

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