Swachhata Pakhwada: NRL organises innovative programs to raise awareness on cleanliness

New Delhi: Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) observed ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ 2021 from July 1, to July 15, with several innovative programs to raise awareness on cleanliness in the society. The fortnight-long campaign is spearheaded under the 'Swachha Bharat Mission' of the government and as per guidelines issued by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Considering the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, distribution of face-mask, sanitiser, hand-gloves and other hygiene products was taken up as major activities during the period.

Cleanliness & Sanitisation drives were conducted and emphasis was given on the generation of awareness towards cleanliness through digital platforms like NRL social media platforms and NRL Website. Online meetings and webinars were also arranged during the period to spread the message on Swachhata.

Swachhata Pakhwada started with Swachhata Pledge taken by employees at different work locations of the company including Refinery, Guwahati, New Delhi and Siliguri.  The mass sanitisation drives were carried out in the nearby market areas of Siliguri Marketing Terminal and a cleanliness drive was conducted in the neighbouring areas of the Numaligarh Refinery site. More than 300 COVID Hygiene Kits comprising masks, sanitisers, hand-wash, gloves etc. were distributed among frontline health-workers of PHCs/BPHCs, Safai-sathis of local markets and Municipal workers of Golaghat Municipal Board.

As a part of the healthcare initiative, an Ambulance and a Mortuary Van was handed over to Furkating Civil Hospital and Golaghat Municipal Board respectively during the fortnight. Moreover, pure drinking water plants were installed in 3(three) educational institutes/schools within the Golaghat district.


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Innovative campaigns were carried out through NRL social media platforms like ‘discouraging the use of single-use plastic’, ‘promoting ways to segregate household waste’, ‘spread awareness on behavioural norms’ and ‘maintain covid hygiene’ etc. As a move towards banning single-use plastic, Jute bags were distributed among the workers of both the refinery and township area.

A webinar was held among the school students of Class VIII to X  of schools within 15 Km radial distance of refinery site on July 11. The webinar topic was based on the theme Swachhata- ‘water, sanitation & hygiene practice and their impact in our society.’ Superintending Engineer of PHED, Guwahati Nripendra Nath Sarma addressed the webinar where he shared his thoughts on the subject in a very informative way. Later, an online essay competition was also conducted among the students on the same topic.

A tree plantation drive was conducted in a nearby village by engaging the villagers to plant 30 saplings as a green care initiative.

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