Washington: A group of NRIs, inspired by the historic Dandi march led by Mahatma Gandhi during freedom movement against the British rule, have organised a 240-mile walk in the US against corruption in India.

Starting from Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park, San Diego, California on March 12, "Dandi March II" goes through Los Angeles and ends on March 26 at Gandhi Statue, San Francisco. The dates coincide with Gandhi’s Dandi March in 1930.

Every major city in the US, 10 major cities in India and eight other countries globally join the movement, the organisers said.

"The recent scams involving huge amounts of money, such as the 2G scam, are well known. It is estimated that more than trillion dollars are stashed away in foreign banks, while 80 percent of Indians earn less than $2 per day and every second child is malnourished," the organisers said.

"While this rampant corruption is a cause for serious concern, the good news is that movements against it have arisen all over the country. Dandi March II is the attempt by NRIs to bring together and escalate these movements into a powerful force."

This effort now has support from the stalwarts in anti-corruption movement and other progressive groups in India such as Lok Satta Party, India Against Corruption, The 5th Pillar (Chennai), Youth For Better India (Hyderabad) Saaku (Bangalore) and Save India From Corruption, the organisers said.

(Agencies)