Ministry of Shipping observed the Swachhta Pakhwada from 16th to 30th September 2019. This followed launch of ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi from 11th September 2019 to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in a grand way.
Shri. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) planted saplings in Cochin Port Trust, Mormugao Port Trust and Paradip Port Trust during the Swachhta Pakhwada 2019.
All the Major Ports and organizations of the Ministry of Shipping participated enthusiastically in the campaign and organized a host of activities to make this campaign a grand success.
The campaigns run by the major ports and organizations included cleaning of office/ residential premises, swachhta awareness campaigns, cleanliness drives and Shramdaan.
Various activities like pledge ceremonies, street plays and walkathons were organized during the period. Numerous competitions like elocution, drawing, slogan and wall painting were also organized by Ports and Organizations. Swachhta message dissemination was done through display of banners, posters with swachhta slogans and pamphlets distribution to local public.
Tree plantation, beautification drives and solid & electronic waste management were also undertaken at all Ports and other Organizations.
Shri. Mansukh Mandaviya, MoS (I/C) Shipping administering Swachhta Pledge to the Cochin Port officers, employees, students and teachers of Kendriya Vidyalaya Port Trust.(20.09.2019)
The fortnight long campaign also saw the advent of new ideas such as:
Non-usage of single-use plastics was also the theme of Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign. In this Plastic waste collection was done at various places. Emphasis was given to maximizing the non-usage of Plastic and trying to make the organizations and ports plastic-free.
Source: Maritime Shipping News