In keeping with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call for a Swachch Bharat Karyakram (Clean India Programme), a cleanliness drive was conducted at all Army establishments and formations from 25 September 14 to 02 October 14.
On 02 October 2014, the 145th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, all officers, JCOs, Other Ranks of the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), gathered at the lawns of the Sena Bhawan for an oath taking ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief of Army Staff expressed complete confidence that all personnel of the Army & civilians working with the Army would work earnestly towards achieving the Mahatma’s dream of building a clean India. He urged all present to be ambassadors in the cleanliness drive. He expressed that all the personnel of Army including civilians would ensure their houses, offices and neighboring areas would be kept clean and hygienic. He said that only a healthy and clean citizen can make a clean environment. He expressed confidence that the cleanliness drive would ensure a healthy and clean India by October 2019, fulfilling the dream of Mahatma Gandhi.
The COAS, along with all present, thereafter took a solemn pledge to pursue the dream of Mahatma Gandhi in creating a clean India.
Heeding to the clarion call by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to fulfil the dream of Mahatma Gandhi of a Swachh Bharat (Clean India), the Ministry of Defence started the Swachhta drive in the right earnest here today. The ambitious drive begun with the Swachhta Pledge being administered by the Secretary (Defence Production) Shri G Mohan Kumar to all Officers and Staff of the Ministry at South Block. The event saw the spontaneous participation of officers right from the Secretary level to Multi-Tasking Staff of the Ministry.
Later, the Secretary (Defence Production) led the entire employees in cleaning one corridor of the South Block with the help of brooms and dusters. Taking a cue from that the rest of the employees went back to their respective sections and started the cleanliness drive with full zeal and vigour.
This programme was followed by a tree plantation drive in the South Block premises where senior officers participated by planting several tree saplings to realise the dream of a green and clean environment.
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, naval personnel across all the formations and Commands were administered with the ‘Swachhta Shapath’ in respective offices, residential areas and schools. Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff participated in a number of activities at New Delhi including a ‘Swachhta Awareness Run/ Walk’ followed by shramdan in naval areas. He also administered the ‘Swachhta Shapath’ to the naval fraternity including officers, sailors, ladies and children at the Nausena Bagh complex and to the officers and sailors at INS India, the base depot at New Delhi. These activities have evoked large and enthusiastic participation by all members of the naval community, including ladies and children.
Speaking at the occasion, Admiral Dhowan said that the Indian Navy is committed to preservation of the environment and has adopted several Green Initiatives in all its wings including operations, administration, maintenance, infrastructure and community living, for maintenance and upkeep of all office spaces, residential and community areas. Efforts of the naval community in this regard, are manifested in the clean surrounding of naval areas that continue to evoke pride in all naval personnel.
In order to make future generations of the country aware of the importance of hygiene and cleanliness, the Admiral said that the ‘Swachh Bharat’ drive has been extended to all Naval Children Schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas located in naval areas. Children are being encouraged to participate in cleanliness campaigns in Schools and residential areas. Competitions such as poster making, slogan writing and debates are being organized among students to maximise the impact of this drive.
It may be recalled that on the occasion of World Environment Day on 05 Jun 14, Indian Navy initiated awareness drives and programmes in all the formations and Commands of the Navy to integrate the philosophy of environment consciousness as also to ensure a greener and cleaner tomorrow for our future generations,. As part of the World Environment Day the occasion was commemorated by the entire naval community including ladies and children with extensive tree plantation drives in all naval areas. A special emphasis was laid to bring awareness amongst children on environment, through various competitions, plays and interactive sessions.
To add the much needed “Green Footprint” to its blue water capabilities Indian Navy has adopted several green norms in the infrastructure and community living projects, which include Green Buildings, Waste Recycling & Management, Water Conservation & Harvesting, renewable/alternative energy and power, environmental remediation etc. The activities like promotion and protection of green areas, tree plantation, clean ship of common areas, removal of weeds and unwanted vegetation from living areas etc. are also being undertaken on regular basis.
With an aim to achieve a ‘zero carbon foot print’ energy efficiency is being improved through regular energy audits and use of energy efficient equipments viz. LEDs, CFLs etc. in various ships and shore establishments and the progress made is being closely monitored.The Indian Navy has also committed to adopting practices that would reduce the overall footprint on the environment. An exhaustive Indian Navy ‘Environment Conservation Roadmap’ has been prepared to be implemented across all operational platforms (ships, submarines and aircrafts) and shore establishments. Definite and realistic timelines have been drawn out in the form of short term, medium term and long term goals for systematic implementation. Some of these include transition to a ‘Green Fleet’, usage of energy from alternate sources, recycling of waste and adoption of bio-fuels etc. To begin with some of the naval ferries operating between Naval Dockyard Mumbai to Karanja operate on Bio-fuels.
Institutionalised efforts of the Navy have received greater focus and fillip with the launch of the ‘Swachh Bharat Campaign’. This has been initiated across all formations and the Commands of the Navy with effect from 25 Sep 14. An extensive drive has been initiated pan-Navy, with focused attention on creating mass awareness and lasting changes for a ‘Clean and Green’ Navy. Activities that are being undertaken include community cleanliness drives in residential areas, repair and cleaning of all community amenities, installation of garbage bins, painting of roads/ footpaths, tree plantations etc.
All the formations and Commands of the Navy have put in concerted efforts in cleanship drive in conjunction with the local authorities. In addition, to cleaning naval areas, shramdan have also been undertaken in the respective cities with emphasis to clear civil areas of plastics, shrubs, wild vegetation and debris. Special emphasis has been given to clearing of water bodies/open drains, maintenance of footpaths and garbage disposal. With a view to set correct example and groom children, participation of family members has been encouraged. Schools have conducted in-house debate / painting competition on waste management practices, reduction in carbon foot print and pollution control measures.
In conclusion the Admiral said “The white uniform of the Navy is representative of cleanliness or ‘Swachhata’. The pride that we take in keeping our uniform spotlessly clean must also be reflected in keeping our work places and residential areas clean and green. For the Indian Navy, conservation of the environment and cleanliness of surroundings will continue to be Key Result Areas in the foreseeable future. The naval community will aim to lead by example and continue to contribute in significant measure, to the nation’s efforts, for a clean and green future”.
Convert Waste Into Useful Products: DRDO Chief
“If we can convert Millions of Tonnes of Waste in the country into useful tangible products by affordable technological means, there is a huge scope for development; rapid advances in technologies provide ample opportunities for bringing in innovations in waste management”, stated Dr Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Director General. He was speaking on the occasion of launching Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in DRDO, in a simple but lively and enthusiastic get together organized at Advanced Systems Laboratory in DRDO’s missile complex in Hyderabad. He further said, “Every individual in the country is morally bound to contribute towards clean, healthy environment and ecosystem. I am sure that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan initiated towards cleanliness will transform the outlook of the Nation”. Later, he led a cleanliness drive in the areas surrounding the campus. Dr V.G. Sekaran, Distinguished Scientist & Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems and Dr Tessy Thomas, Director, Advanced Systems Laboratory also spoke emphasizing upon the importance of cleanliness.
On the occasion of launch of ‘National Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’, oath was administered at the DRDO headquarters, New Delhi and also at various laboratories and establishments of DRDO across India with the participation of DRDO fraternity.
Swachh Pledge was administered at the DRDO headquarters in New Delhi and also at various laboratories and establishments of DRDO across the country with the participation of its fraternity. Launching the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan at Advanced Systems Laboratory in DRDO’s missile complex in Hyderabad, Dr Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Director General DRDO said “If we can convert Millions of Tonnes of Waste in the country into useful tangible products by affordable technological means, there is a huge scope for development; rapid advances in technologies provide ample opportunities for bringing in innovations in waste management.” He further said, “Every individual in the country is morally bound to contribute towards clean, healthy environment and ecosystem.” He also expressed hope that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan initiated towards cleanliness will transform the outlook of the Nation. Later, he led a cleanliness drive in the areas surrounding the campus.
Dr V.G. Sekaran, Distinguished Scientist & Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems and Dr Tessy Thomas, Director, Advanced Systems Laboratory also spoke emphasizing upon the importance of cleanliness.