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The News Minute | November 30, 2014 | 8:30 pm IST We all yearn for the weekends so that we can kick back and relax but a group of youngsters in Hyderabad feel otherwise. When the entire city sleeps late on the weekends, these youngsters wake up in the wee hours of the morning with a purpose. “Nava Sevak” is a group that was formed three weeks ago, inspired by groups like The Ugly Indian and the Swacch Bharat Campaign and is currently gaining popularity in the city. The group consists of software professionals working for various organizations, who coordinate and fix a spot every week and take up a variety of tasks from repainting the entire area to planting trees. “We try to fix a spot every weekend and our latest spot fix was a big event and a great success. We had 26 people join us.” the Nava Sevak team told The News Minute. The first spot fix was a government school in a prominent part of the city. The team starts working at 8 in the morning and doesn’t stop till it is finished. “We cleaned up the entire school and repainted the walls and blackboards. We also planted trees”   When asked how they decide on places for the spot fix, they said “initially we would manually go out and search for places but now we are getting a lot of requests from and government schools and concerned citizens.” “We have pitched in with our own money from our salaries and a few people who were interested, came forward and donated. We do not put our logo anywhere on the place.” They added. The team even got a prominent sponsor recently who was willing to fund them on the condition that they paint the sponsor’s name and logo after the job but the team refused. “We do not want credits for our work. We do it for the nobility of the purpose” they added. In fact the team even refuses individual names to be published in the media for quotes. “We are a team and we speak on behalf of the team. The entire credit goes to the whole unit and not to an individual” they said. “We contacted the managers and CEOs of the companies we work in and try to create awareness in the hope that more people will join.”  The group is slowly expanding and hopes to reach out to farther places and inspire more people for the purpose of a clean surrounding which they consider is a basic necessity.  You can contact the team on their Facebook page here
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