On October 2, 2019, 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, students from almost 32000 New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) schools pledged to make India-free by saying no to plastics. It was followed by “mass swachhta rallies” organized in closeby schools and residential areas, which has the theme of “make India free from single-use plastics”.
NDMC organized poster exhibitions, logging drives, street plays, and foot and cycle rallies. All this was done at several marketplaces, commercial districts, public places and residential areas.
Chairman of NDMC, Mr Vijay Kumar Dev said, “To get rid of the menace of plastics, which posed threat to the life and environment, was the need of the hour.”
“The enthusiastic participation of school children and others in the cleanliness programmes indicates the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India free from dust, dirt, illness and single-use plastics will be achieved,” Dev said.
He also announced NDMC decision to set up ‘Saksham Eco Mart’, a women-oriented enterprise, to make them self-reliant. “The Saksham Eco Mart is a step towards empowering women and provide an alternative for plastics use,” Dev said.