As part of a nationwide drive organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Service Scheme (NSS), 110,424 youth volunteers have actively taken part in conducting a cleanliness drive across 8,393 villages in Maharashtra and Goa.
“We are collecting 37 kg waste per day per village which is 2 Kg more than the Centre’s target per day. We have achieved 66 per cent of the targeted waste collection.” Zonal Director, NYKS, Mumbai, Prakash Kumar Manure, Saturday, informed while addressing a joint media conference by NYKS Maharashtra and NSS Pune.
NSS and NYKS have been organising nationwide activities for waste disposal and cleanliness, especially the processing of single-use plastic waste, during October 1 – 31, 2021. The virtual media conference was organised as part of the “Clean India” programme of the Department of Youth Affairs, Government of India.
Manure, informed that 30 kg of plastic is being collected from each village and disposed of on the same day. The objective of the campaign is to collect garbage from 13,136 villages in Maharashtra and Goa. At present, the campaign is being implemented in 452 villages. The target for the month of October is 459,760 kg of waste disposal.
He made a presentation through which he shared the action plan of NYKS’s cleanliness drives undertaken by its volunteers across Maharashtra and Goa. He said that the main objective of the campaign was to make the programme a people’s movement through jan bhagidari. He also shared day-wise clean India activities to be carried out, by joining hands with educational institutes, religious bodies, business communities, women’s self-help groups (SHGs), sports bodies and NGOs.
In addition to waste collection, Manure said that 459 monuments had been cleaned, 254 traditional water sources renovated and 1,820 schools, public health centres (PHCs) and community places have been cleaned and beautified.”
Addressing the virtual conference, D. Carthigueane, Regional Director, National Service Scheme, Pune, said, “NSS volunteers adopt a village and undertake cleanliness drive there; our volunteers stay in the adopted village for seven days to complete the drive; we are conducting special mega drive particularly to collect single-use plastics. Around 200 student volunteers from six states are participating in the camp.”
Speaking about the success and pace of the cleanliness drive, he informed, “We have achieved 50 per cent target from the drive conducted from 1st to 15th October. We are hopeful to achieve the target on time. 300 kg of single-use plastics have already been handed over to gram panchayats for proper disposal.
The programme is being organised in 600,000 villages across 744 districts in the country through the networks of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) affiliated Youth Clubs along with National Service Scheme affiliated institutions.
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