Beginning today, Gujarat’s NCC cadets will participate in a week long campaign to promote awareness on the negative impact of plastic trash and pollution on beaches and marine life.
Acting as change agents, the NCC cadets will call upon voluntary organisations, schools, colleges, companies, merchants and hawkers to join hands with them in stopping the uncontrolled pollution of beaches due to plastic debris.
Last year, the Gujarat Directorate organised “Puneet Sagar” to clean up the sea beaches and shoreline of plastic garbage. Cadets, NCC alumni and prominent government officers participated in the campaign. The cadets and staff of the Gujarat NCC Directorate felt motivated by the impact of the event as also Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s praise during Mann ki Baat on December 26 last year and at a rally on January 28 this year.
The NCC cadets of NCC Directorate Gujarat will meet NGO representatives as also those from government and municipal agencies involved in trash processing .The cadets will interact with shopkeepers, hawkers, pedestrians, and visitors and create awareness through street plays, rallies, debates, poster-making, poetry, and essay writing.
As part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” commemorating the 75th year of Independence, Gujarat Directorate will contribute to cleaning twelve beaches along the coastline of Gujarat this year.
Between Puneet Sagar campaigns, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) assistance will be sought to preserve these beaches. The beaches that have been identified are Balachadi, Dandi, Dwarka, Daman, Ghogla, Gopnath, Gomti, Luni, Mandvi, Porbandar, Shivrajpur and Swaminarayan.
Cadets will clean the beaches and NCC alumni, local celebrities, prominent politicians, senior government officers, representatives of UNICEF and NGOs will be invited to participate. The collected plastic waste will be delivered to a plastic recycling plant.