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Youth in silent action, 6 lakh villages being cleaned

One lakh volunteers cover Maharashtra, Goa

The main objective of the campaign is to make the programme a people’s movement through Jan Bhagidari

MUMBAI, Oct 16 (The CONNECT) – As many as 1,10,424 youth volunteers have actively taken part in conducting cleanliness drive across 8,393 villages in Maharashtra and Goa by collecting 37 kg waste per day per village - 2 Kg more than the Centre’s daily target per day.

The volunteers of Yuva Kendra Sanghthan (NYKS), Maharashtra and National Service Scheme (NSS) have achieved 66% of the targeted waste collection.

Zonal Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sanghthan (NYKS) – Mumbai, Prakash Kumar Manure said 30 kg of plastic is being collected from each village and disposed of on the same day.

The main objective of the campaign is to make the programme a people’s movement through Jan Bhagidari by joining hands with various educational institutes, religious bodies, business communities, women’s self-help groups, sports bodies, NGOs etc.

In addition, 459 Monuments have been cleaned, 254 traditional water sources renovated and 1,820 Schools, PHC & Community Places have been cleaned & beautified, Manure said.

The top three best performers from every state will get to have a personal meeting with the President, Prime Minister, Vice President. “The selection will be made by a State Level Committee,” he added.

Regional Director of National Service Scheme, Pune, D. Carthigueane explained that “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.”

NSS is planning to undertake special drive to collect single-use plastics across 25 universities in Maharashtra and Goa.

The programme is being organised in six Lakh villages of 744 Districts across the country through the networks of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) affiliated Youth Clubs & National Service Scheme affiliated Institutions during October 1-31.

The presentation given by Manure, can be accessed here.

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