Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched ‘Swatch Bharat Mission’ in 2014 with the aim to achieve universal sanitation and keeping our water bodies clean is a crucial step towards the attainment of this mission. Joining hands for this national cleanliness campaign, a total of 75 cadets from Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, along with Government College for Girls and Sacred Heart Convent School conducted an event under the banner ‘Puneet Sagar Abhiyan’ on 19th October 2022. NCC cadets visited Sidhwan Canal (via Dugri Flyover and New Jawaddi Flyover), a water stream which passes through Ludhiana district and is becoming a waste dumping water body in recent time. The objectives of drive were to spread awareness amongst nearby residents regarding ill effects of dumping waste in canal, collecting the plastic waste, offering unending support and contribution to various government agencies.
The campaign was undertaken under the stewardship of Col. Aman Yadav (Commanding Officer, 3 Punjab Girls Bn. NCC Ludhiana), College Principal Dr. (Mrs.) Mukti Gill and Associate NCC Officer Capt. (Dr.) Paramjeet Kaur. The cadets indulged into various activities during their visit such as awareness rally in the nearby areas, spreading one to one awareness regarding the segregation of dry waste and wet waste, presentation of cleanliness theme with charts and slogans display etc. Young cadets urged the residents surrounding the canal to keep it garbage free and respect this water source. The campaign successfully created awareness on ill effects of dumping plastic waste in canal, right technique of waste disposal, waste segregation and cleanliness of the surroundings. The common message of ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Puneet Sagar Abhiyan’ was disseminated among masses via this programme.
College Principal Dr. (Mrs.) Mukti Gill appreciated the efforts put in by NCC department. She applauded cadets for their sincere efforts and motivated them to keep their nearby water bodies clean and safe. She also briefed the cadets about creative disposal of plastic waste in the form of recycling and utilizing the same in building and construction sectors and making use of environment friendly materials.