Organization of Swachhta Pakhwada-2021 at ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack
Swachhata Pakhwada-2021 was organized by ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack during 16-31 December 2021. Staff from all the Divisions/Sections, students, Project staff etc. of the Institute took active part in day to day wide array of Swachhata activities which included, cleanliness drives (cleaning of office buildings, campus, residential areas, public places, villages and localities in the vicinities), monitoring drives, awareness drives, debate competitions for school children and Kisan Diwas, which were in-line with the action plan received from the Council.
Swachhta Pledge was administered by Dr. P Swain, Director, ICAR-NRRI on 16 Dec 2021. During 16-31 Dec 2021, cleanliness drives were undertaken in different sites of the institute. On 22 Dec 2021, Debate competitions on “Swachhata” were conducted among the students (Junior Class-VI to VII and Senior Class-VIII to X) of CRRI Government High School, Cuttack. “Swachhta Awareness cum-Cleaning drive and Kishan Diwas” was organized in the Farmer FIRST adopted village Laxmi Narayanpur of Salepur Block (Dist.-Cuttack) on 23/12/2021. Swachhata awareness drive was also carried out against common single-use plastic products like carry bags, food packaging items, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery in the local Keshpur market of Cuttack Municipal Corporation, Cuttack on 28/12/2021. On 29/12/2021, Swachhata awareness was created among 25 farmers from Bada Kusumpur, Tangi, Cuttack on treatment and safe disposal of bio-degradable/non-bio-degradable wastes and also took these farmers on an exposure visit to different composting demonstration units in Integrated Fish Rice Farming System of the Institute.
The valedictory programme of Swachhata Pakhwada- 2021 was celebrated on 31st December 2021. Ms Sanjeebita Ray, Deputy Commissioner, Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) was the Chief Guest of the programme. The winners of debate competition on Swachata were felicitated by the Chief guest and Director on this occasion. Chief guest Ms Sanjeebita Ray, who is also looking after the “Swachha Bharat Mission” in CMC, Cuttack delivered an enlightening talk on the various activities which CMC has been carrying out to achieve targets of “Swachha Bharat Mission”. In her talk, she also emphasized on the importance of three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle which help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. This fortnight programme, being organized by the Institute Swachha Bharat Committee, was really successful.