New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) The Ministry of Urban Development on Wednesday conducted a “Mera Swachh India Gate” event and organized various competitions to engage with school students from across the capital, under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).
The event, conducted through Central Public Works Department, invited students, aged between 6 to 16 years, to participate in essay writing, drawing and painting contests under the ‘Swachh Bharat’ theme, and saw the participation of nearly 200 children from across the capital.
The event was organized at the lawns of India Gate.
“It is important for us to foster and nurture a child’s development. It is our responsibility to teach them good value of cleanliness,” said Pravin Prakash, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development.
“The event organised is to celebrate children as agents of change and we hope the exercise conducted enables each and every participating students to improve the sanitation and hygiene conditions in their family,” he added.
Shifting focus on bringing about mass mindset and behavior change towards cleanliness issues in the country, the SBM has recognized children and school students to be one of the major agents of change in the system, with plans to engage with schools from across the country on a regular basis.