New Delhi: Ministry of Defence is organising a massive plogging programme to collect waste plastic at more than 400 locations throughout the country on December 7 as part of the activities of Swachhta Pakhwada. All the three services, various other defence establishments have chalked out detailed programmes for different locations.
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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will flag off the main event from Delhi Cantt on December 7, where around 3,000 people are expected to join and collect waste plastic and participate in other Swachhta related activities.
Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Ordnance Factory Board, Cantonment boards, national Cadet Corps (NCC), Boarder Road Organisation (BRO) and other affiliated organisations have formulated action plansto conduct special plogging (picking up of litter while of jogging) events.
The Army will clean up waste at 17 locations across the country from Siachen to Jaisalmer and Bhuj to Bairengte (Mizoram). Similarly, Indian Navy will clean up waste at30 locations from Mumbai to Karwar (Karnataka) and Kolkata to Vishakapatnam. Indian Air Force will also clean up waste at 150 locations from Hindon to Upper Shillong (Meghalaya) and Nagpur to Trivandrum. Apart from the three services, Indian Coast Guard has identified 47 locations, Cantonment Boards – 62 locations, NCC – 18 locations, Sainik Schools – 31 locations, BRO -18 locations, Comptroller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) – 20 locations, etc. across the country.
"The aim of this massive exercise is to raise awareness amongst the community, collect plastic waste and make the surroundings clean. The slogan for this event is 'Plastic Se Raksha – Swachhata Hi Suraksha.' Swachhta anthem will be played in all the events across the country. Community awareness programmes such as nukkadnataks, debates, quizzes, painting competitions among students etc will also be organised," an official release said.
These events will be conducted towards spreading awareness against ill-effect of plastic on environment, bring about behavioural change with respect to sanitation and to give up use of plastic including carry bags, plastic cutlery, plastic water bottles, etc. There will also be competition amongst the units. The winner will be selected based on number of participants mobilised for plogging and the amount of plastic collected.