The Gist of Kurukshetra : Ministry of Women & Child Development Observes Swachhta Pakhwada - June-2017

The Gist of Kurukshetra : Ministry of Women & Child Development Observes Swachhta Pakhwada - June-2017

The Ministry of Women & Child Development observed the Swachhta Pakhwada from 1st March 2017 to 15th March 2017, to raise awareness about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan among women and children. The Swachhta Pakhwada is observed by various Ministries of Government of India to achieve the goal of universal sanitation, hygiene and 'open defecation free' India by 2019.

As a part of nationwide activities, the Ministry had written to all the states to observe the Swachhta Pakhwada through the wide network of Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) across the country. The states had been asked to carry out the following activities at the AWCs:

i. White-washing AWCs involving local communities;
ii. Pictures, local logos on walls by local people free of cost;
iii. Cleanliness in and around AWCs;
iv. Weeding out of obsolete records etc;
v. Divyang access to toilets may be reviewed;
vi. Review of toilets constructed;
vii. Involving private sector under CSR for Swachhta;
viii. Sketch competition, etc;
ix. Swachhta drive in and around AWCs on the banks of rivers;
x. Celebrating International Women's Day on 8th March, 2017.

Senior officials from the Ministry had undertaken activities such as Swachhta Pledge, slogan writing and poster making competition, street play and film screening on Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, demonstration and sessions on health, hygiene and sanitation for children, waste management etc. Cleanliness activities and pledges on Swachh Bharat were also undertaken at the WCD Ministry in Delhi and its associated organisations such as CARA, CSWB, NCPCR, NCW and RMK.

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