Friday, October 30, 2015

RGCB News: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a national campaign launched by Government of India in 2014 for improving the environmental conditions of India. The campaign aims to make a ‘Clean India’ by the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd of October 2019. Reaching out to public through various media and strategies, the campaign is now taken up by various public and private organizations, NGOs and common man alike.

As part of the ongoing efforts in this regard, RGCB conducted an awareness lecture at MR Das Convention Center on 28th of October 2015.  Dr. Anju Deepak Unnithan, the Consultant Pediatrician of RGCB addressed staff and students of RGCB, discussing about cleanliness and hygiene with special focus on cleaner habits in children. With an elaborate account on ‘what to’, ‘how to’ and ‘what not to’ in child and adolescent care, she repeatedly emphasized the need for making children aware of the significance of personal and environmental hygiene for building a cleaner India in future. The open session also addressed many queries and concerns of audience about various aspects of personal hygiene and child health.

Dr. Satish Mundayoor, Senior Scientist and Dean of RGCB explained the future plans of RGCB to extend its efforts in this regard through community outreach programs mainly targeting school-going children.  

From the Director’s desk:

Everything seems much better when the efforts begin from grassroots level. This is one such occasion where the efforts are focused to bring changes at the bottom tier so that the effect is more effective and longer lasting. Just as I mentioned in my last message in the context of our fight against corruption, the efforts to make India a cleaner place to live in has to start from each individual. And the importance of initiatives focusing our younger generation cannot be undermined. Children have modeling behavior. They try to imitate and to a great extent try to build the persona of adults around them. So the best way to teach them anything is by setting us the best example from which they can learn. A well-behaved child definitely grows up to a responsible citizen. What we need today is not a clean India on the 2nd of October every year when the whole nation gets on streets with broomsticks and dustpans. We need a nation that is clean and livable all throughout the year and for all the years to come. What we do today should benefit us as well as our future generations. So let our efforts be directed towards that goal. I appreciate the noble cause of the nation-wide campaign of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and humbly urge each and every member of RGCB team to not only practice clean habits but also to create awareness among people around us towards a ‘Clean India’.

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