ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar observed “Swachhta Pakhwada”

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Bhubaneswar: ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIFA), Bhubaneswar, a constituent of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi under the aegis of Ministry of Agriculture &Farmers’ Welfare, Govt. of India observed “Swachhta Pakhwada” during 16-31 December, 2019 as per the correspondence received from the Cabinet Secretariat and also the directive by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The Institute has reached out to Fish Farmers, Students and Common citizens with the message of cleanliness & sanitation.

Since initiation of Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014, ICAR-CIFA is regularly organizing various programmes and activities round the year. As a part of implementation of “Swachhta Pakhwada” campaign during 16-31 December 2019, various Swachhta activities were enthusiastically carried out by the Institute scientists, staff and scholars inits campus, nearby villages, schools and at some tourist places. The highlights of the activities were implementation of e-office; promotion of clean and green technology in the villages; plantation; cleanliness and sanitation drive including cleaning of offices and premises; segregation & disposal of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste; conversion and utilization of different types of wastes; campaign for single use polythene free environment; campaign on safe water, cleaning of sewerage and water lines; organizing technology demonstrations on agricultural technologies for conversion of waste to wealth;Celebration of Kisan Diwas; awareness camps, rallies and expert talks.

As a part of Pakhwada activities, a special sensitization workshop on Swachhta mission “Committing to Cleanliness” was organized at ICAR-CIFA on 30th December 2019. The Chief Guest of the occasion was Padma Vibhusan Dr. RaghunathMohapatra who is one of the world’s famous architect and sculptor and also an MP of RajyaSabha. He has contributed a lot for enriching and preserving our environment and culture. In his speech Dr.Mohapatra suggested that cleanliness should be a part of our everyday life. He also spoke that everybody should focus on inner and outer hygiene for better life.The Guest of Honor of the occasion, Dr P. K. Rath,former Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner also spoke about individual and social responsibilities for a green and clean environment as cleanliness is godliness. Earlier Dr. Bindu R. Pillai, Director of the Institute welcomed the dignitaries and underscored the importance of Swachh Bharat Mission in creating critical awareness for clean environment among all categories of people. MrNitish Chandan, Scientist &Nodal Officer of Swachh Bharat Programme of the Institute made a brief presentation about different Swachh Bharat activities carried out by the Institute.

A short video was also screened showcasing different activities of the Swachhta Pakhwada organized by the staff members of this Institute. At the end, the Vote of thanks was offered byMr Sunil Ail, Scientist. The programme was coordinated by Dr J. K. Sundaray, Pr. Scientist & Head, Fish Genetics and Biotechnology Division; Dr N. K. Barik, Sr. Scientist, Social Science Section and Mrs Sweta Pradhan, Scientist, Aquaculture Production and Environment Division.

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