New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flagged off special plogging awareness drive rally on Saturday in Delhi Cantt as part of Swachhta Pakhwada to create awareness against single-use plastic in the country. He took part in the event by picking waste material from the area. More than 3,000 people, including schoolchildren, participated in the plogging drive and collected sizeable single-use plastic waste.
The minister said that Mahatma Gandhi had equated spitting with crime. He further said that Mahatma Gandhi raised an army of Satyagrahis, the same way Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the army of swachhagrahis. In a very short span of time, Swachh Bharat has become a mission. “More than 700 districts in the country have become Open Defecation Free (ODF).
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Around 10,60,00,000 toilets have been built in the country. Now, it is the turn of reducing single-use plastic,” said Singh and appealed, “Let us create awareness against the use of single-use plastic.”
Plogging drive was aimed at creating awareness
Singh appreciated nukkad natak, performed by a local theatre group. He also administered Swachhta pledge to the people present at the event. The events and the plogging drive have been conducted with the aim of spreading awareness against the ill-effects of plastic on the environment, bringing about behavioural change with respect to sanitation and giving up use of plastic, including carry bags, plastic cutlery, plastic water bottles, etc, an official release said.
Shripad Naik urges people to carry bags
Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik appealed to the people present at the event to stop using single-use plastic and said, “If people start carrying bags with them, use of single-use plastic may gradually reduce. By doing this, we will be able to save our future generations from environment-related problems.” He also urged people to use environment-friendly things, instead of plastic.
The plogging drive was organised at more than 400 locations throughout the country. All the three services, Indian Coast Guard, Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Cantonment boards, national Cadet Corps (NCC), Boarder Road Organisation (BRO) and various other defence establishments at different locations organised similar such events throughout the country.