1st October 2016, Cuttack
The ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ under the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, observed during 16-31 October, 2016 at ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack was concluded here today.
Shri Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, Member of Parliament, Chief Guest of the event, emphasized that cleanliness/swachhta is required in all facets – individual, family, village, office and region for all-round development of the nation. Keeping ‘swachh’ is not only important from aesthetic point of view, but also imperative for healthy and disease-free society, which demands an outlay of modest extent for solid and liquid waste management facilities and various other aspects, he remarked. He also stressed upon sensitization of the children, who will be a guiding force to further persuade the rural as well as urban masses to make self, community, society, offices, villages, cities, states and the nation clean.
Earlier, Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI appraised about the fortnight-long activities including cleanliness drives, awareness camps, seminars, field days and various competitions under ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ and urged all the staff for joining hands to fulfil the commitment to keep the surrounding clean and dirt-free.
Prizes of various competitions like quiz, debate, essay writing and painting etc. organized under ‘Swachhta’ theme were distributed to the winning school children and staff.
(Source: ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, Odisha)