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city anchor: Aamir Khan donates Rs 4.37 lakh to Muktangan

The centre’s work was highlighted on actor’s show dealing with alcohol abuse on July 1

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 13, 2012 1:09:06 am

The centre’s work was highlighted on actor’s show dealing with alcohol abuse on July 1

City-based Muktangan De-Addiction Centre,whose work was highlighted on Aamir Khan’s television show Satyamev Jayate that dealt with alcohol abuse,has received a donation of Rs 4.37 lakh from the actor. The amount will be utilised to address addiction among street kids and organise de-addiction awareness programmes in schools and colleges.

Director of the Centre Mukta Puntambekar has now readied a plan to work for the welfare of street children with the help of NGOs. Puntambekar said these children mostly get addicted to whitener as it is easily available.

“The age group in addiction has reduced considerably. I have readied a plan and am working with NGOs to implement it. The plan is provide free treatment to these children,’’ said Mukta post the show.

The centre has also readied workshop material for schools and colleges and the training programme for volunteers is under way.

Post the show on July 1,Khan met Puntambekar on July 6 and handed over to her a cheque of Rs 4.37 lakh,collected by Satyamev Jayate and Nita Ambani’s Reliance Foundation,the shows philanthropy partner.

Puntambekar said since the show,they have received over 5,000 enquiries related to de-addiction,both in the form of calls and e-mails.

Muktangan De-Addiction Centre is an ISO certified body that was nominated for donation by Aamir Khan productions for its consistent work in the field of de-addiction. An amount of Rs 2.18 lakh had come from contributions from public in the form of SMSes and an equal amount was contributed by Reliance Foundation.

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