The Union Textiles Ministry has organised a fortnight-long cleanliness drive dubbed Swachhtha Pakhwada to drive home the government's Clean India campaign. All 17 bodies under the Ministry, apart from jute mills and residential colonies of workers in the textile sector, undertook various activities towards cleanliness during the drive organised between May 1 and 15. Besides, students of various National Institutes of Fashion Technology centres across the country worked closely with various sections of the society and cleaned public places and decorated walls with mural paintings containing messages of cleanliness. An exhibition on waste management and organic farming was organised by Central Silk Board.
Plantation drives, awareness campaigns, health and cleanliness camps, debate competitions, slogan-writing competitions, street plays, human chain, Padayatras and painting competitions were also held in various locations as part of the Pakhwada. Addressing reporters here, Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta said there is a need for the message of Swachhtha (cleanliness) to reach every citizen of the country. He said everyone needs to realise that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India campaign) can become a success only if each one participates actively in it.
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