Karnataka turns 62! And for The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Karnataka is the birthplace.
Significance of Kannada Rajyotsava
Every year, 1st November is celebrated as Kannada Rajyotsava, the day that the state of Karnataka was formed. On this day, in 1956 all the Kannada speaking areas of South India were merged into a new state. The state was initially called Mysore, but this was considered too reminiscent of the old princely regiment, and the name was changed to Karnataka on 1st November 1973.
The entire state celebrates Kannada Rajyotsava with much enthusiasm. The state is dotted with red and yellow as the Karnataka flag is hoisted at important locations, and the state anthem is sung. The beauty of this day is that it is enjoyed with as much excitement across all age groups, religion, gender and income, making it a truly wholesome and inclusive celebration.
Local citizens also get to honour the good Samaritans of the society as the State Government bestows the Rajyotsava Awards on people who have contributed in a noteworthy way to the development of the state. Kannada Rajyotsava is really a day to pay tribute to the state of Karnataka, celebrate its progress and work to its continued development. This can be done in many ways according to your individual capabilities.
Akshaya Patra in Karnataka
Karnataka is the birthplace of The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Way back in 2000, the Foundation began its mission of providing ‘unlimited food for education’ in five Government schools of Bengaluru. And, from this very state it spread out to 11 other states in India. Today, Akshaya Patra is supporting education of 4,43,476 children in 2,866 Government and Government-aided schools by providing nutritious meals on each school day.
In Karnataka, the Foundation is providing nutritious meals to children from our seven dedicated kitchens. The two kitchens in Bengaluru are ISO 22000:2005 certified, the Ballari and Hubballi kitchens are ISO 22000:2005, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 certified, and the kitchens in Mangaluru, Mysuru, and Jigani are in the process of certification. In addition to implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, Akshaya Patra is implementing the Government of Karnataka’s Ksheera Bhagya Scheme. Recently, it has also launched a pilot in partnership with the Government of Karnataka and ICRISAT to introduce millets in the Mid-Day Meal Scheme with an aim to enhance the nutritional intake of the beneficiaries.
Akshaya Patra wholeheartedly acknowledges the incredible support it has been receiving from the State Government, donors, and well-wishers during its journey of 18 years. While the Foundation has been providing ‘unlimited food for education’ to the current beneficiaries, there are thousands of more children waiting for wholesome meals. And, so that it can continue to serve the children, it appeals to all for continued support.
This Kannada Rajyotsava, lead the state in the path of prosperity
by supporting health and education of children!