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Hygiene and sanitation drive organized under Swach Bharat Abhiyan

ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana along with Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Zone-I organised various activities under Swachhta Pakhwada during 16th-31st December 2019. At the start of the Pakhwada, all the officials and staff of ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana and KVKs has taken the Swachhta Pledge and chalked out the various activities to be conducted during the fortnight. Written swachata resolutions were taken by all the staff member of ATARI for their contribution towards Swach Bharat Abhiyan in 2020. Banners in front of Institute’s main building and various slogans at prominent places near the campus were displayed for public awareness. Along with this, diversified Swachhta based activities were undertaken with the active participation of officials, staff, farmers, farmwomen and village youth at Institute and KVK level. The key highlights includes workshop on “Hygiene and sanitation” at ICAR-ATARI, while the 29 KVKs including Una, Barnala, Bathinda, Amritsar etc also organised workshop on the various themes in their adopted villages. A massive Kisan Mela was organised by ATARI in collaboration with ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal & CIMMYT on the occasion of “Kisan Diwas” in which more than 1000 farmers were motivated towards cleaning the environment by adopting no-stubble burning in their fields. Similarly Gosthis and Kisan Mela on “promoting clean and green technologies and organic farming practices” and other agricultural technologies were also organised by 45 KVKs on 23.12.19 in which more than 2500 farmers, farm women and youth actively taken part. On 26.12.2019, various competitions such as painting, and elocution were organised at 29 KVKs and slogan writing competition at ATARI with the theme “Clean City, Green City”. Awareness was created regarding sanitation & waste disposal into degradable & non-degradable form by ATARI and KVKs in various public places such as rose garden, PAU Museum and adopted villages of KVKs and villages under “Mera Goan Mera Gaurav”. Swachata Rallies were arranged in local communities and prominent places for creating sensitization among general public. On farm- demonstration about bio-waste management through composting and proper utilization of sewage water for kitchen gardening purpose were shown to the farmers by 31 KVKs. Swachata drive through “Swachata Rath” for cleaning the roads, city square and residential surrounding were performed by ATARI and 29 KVKs on 28.12.2019. The beautification the institute and KVKs were also done by placing the flowers pots at suitable places, tree plantation and de-weeding in the lawns, kitchen garden and demonstration farms. On the closing of the Pakhwada a joint press conference along with ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana and ICAR-IIMR, Ludhiana was organised for briefing the activities carried our during the fortnight.