Swachch Bharat Abhiyan (2nd October)
The 154th birth anniversary of the father of the nation Gandhi was celebrated with a very befitting program of cleanliness campaign. Gandhi was particularly very concerned about personal habits and even considered “Sanitation more important than independence”. Swachch Bharat Abhiyan was coined by Prime Minister Modi and was replicated with very serious note and concern. Swachch Bharat was launched with combined morning assembly and deliberated everyone to make a difference with our clean-up program as a mark of respect to the Father of Nation. The Environment club distributed the whole area from Dal Lake to Tibet Charity Animal center with excellent logistic plan. The majority of the area for clean-up was off the campus. It was painful to note that because of dearth of dumping facilities the residents as well as shop keepers in the localities had no choice than to dump their refused on the hillside making the area infested with dirt and plastic covers. Students and staff with green T-shirts did an excellent job collecting plastics, domestic refused and pads. The welfare Office made the truck available for us to clear the refused we have collected from the hillside. After several hours to picking all the rubbish from the hillside, it was made spick and span and spotless with natural surroundings. Unfortunately all the natural surroundings will once again be infested with dirt and plastics. Our long time solution would be to have dumping facilities near Dal Lake and below White House. The Municipal Cooperation and Settlement Office should make such facilities available, only than it surely will make a difference in the life of so many residents. This kind of clean-up is ongoing and unless people change their habit it is no solution.