The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) organized a ‘Swacchhta Hi Seva’ programme at the Ministry premises here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General (Forests) and Special Secretary, MoEF&CC, Mr. Siddhanta Das said that the role of children in Swacchhta campaign is crucial.  He added that the Ministry has initiated efforts to make all the Protected Areas (PAs) in the country plastic-free and clean.  He emphasized the need to plant more and more trees and reduce single use plastic to enable the environment to cleanse itself.

Addressing the gathering, Additional Secretary, MoEF&CC, Mr. A.K Mehta said that ‘Swacchhta’ (cleanliness) is closely linked to the quality of life and health of people.  He pointed out that Swacchhta has been an integral part of Indian culture and tradition.  He stated that the Green Good Deeds campaign, launched by Dr. Harsh Vardhan comprises 10 small activities to protect the environment, must be extended to schools.

A Pledge was administered to the school children. A ‘Green March’ by the students was also flagged off on the occasion.

About 200 students from Eco-Clubs of schools in Delhi, senior officers and officials of MoEF&CC were among those present in the gathering.

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