Kolkata: As part of government’s national campaign, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) organised a cleanliness drive as part of the ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ from December 1 to 15. The event commenced with an oath-taking ceremony on December 2 at various units of GRSE, followed by plogging activity at TTC Baranagar Unit by 40 employees and trainees on December 7. Various Swachhta events were observed by the defence PSU to create widespread awareness about cleanliness till December 14. Events such as inter-school painting and quiz competitions were conducted at Jagacha High School, Howrah on December 11 to spread awareness about the benefits of cleanliness and hygiene.
GRSE Swachhta Pakhwada
A workshop on general hygiene, sanitation and plastic waste management was held at GRSE main unit on December 13. Students from 10 schools spread over an area of about 10-15 km and 25 CISF personnel participated in the workshop. The workshop was conducted by professors from Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology. The two-week campaign concluded with an inter-school short drama competition on “Bad effects of Plastic” on December 14 at the GRSE Main Unit. The event was followed by an impressive prize distribution ceremony wherein Rear Admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE, SS Dogra, Director (Finance), Cmde Sanjeev Nayyar, IN (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding), Cmde PR Hari, Director (Personnel) and CVO Dipankar Mahto gave away prizes to the winners of various competitions organised during the Pakhwada.
‘Change is visible across country’
In his address to the participants Saxena, said that the change brought about by the government’s cleanliness drive is visible across the country. He added that GRSE has persevered to improve and maintain hygiene and sanitation facilities in schools in the locality. He congratulated the winners of the competitions and thanked all students and teachers who actively took part in the campaign with so much enthusiasm. He called upon all participants to come together and work conscientiously to improve cleanliness levels in the surroundings and sought dedicated efforts from one and all to make Kolkata one of the cleanest cities in India. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness amongst the community 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. It aimed to create awareness of healthcare and hygiene. The Swachh Bharat Mission is one of the flagship programmes of the Central government, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to realise Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of ‘Clean India.’