Union Minister of State (IC) Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State (IC) Department of Earth Sciences; MoS of the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh today led the nation in a nationwide beach cleaning effort by participating in a nodal program at Juhu Beach in Mumbai. Simultaneous Coastal Cleanup and Sea Beach Cleanup was conducted on all sea beaches along India’s 7,500 km coastline and thousands of volunteers took part in the celebration of ‘International Coastal Cleanup Day’, which is celebrated worldwide every third Saturday in September. , which incidentally this year coincides with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday on September 17, which is considered ‘Sewa Divas’.
While Governors, Chief Ministers, film artists and celebrities along with voluntary organizations joined the nationwide event, at Mumbai’s Juhu Beach, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor of Maharashtra State celebrated the occasion and participated in beach cleaning activities along with thousands of volunteers from all walks of life layers. BJP MP Poonam Mahajan and several celebrities and NGOs also joined the campaign. A specially composed video song sung by leading playback singers of Bollywood was also played on the occasion. Dr Jitendra Singh said the world’s longest and largest beach cleaning campaign of 75 days culminated in India today with Governors, Chief Ministers, Union Ministers, MPs, MLAs, celebrities including film and sports world, groups civil society. with overwhelming enthusiasm on the country’s important beaches.
Speaking at Juhu Beach, Dr Jitendra Singh said that this year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day coincides with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday celebrated as ‘Sewa Divas’, redoubled the spirits of the volunteers as they surpassed the target of removing 1,500 tonnes of single-use plastic waste from seashores through a clean-up drive across country. The minister informed that over one million volunteers have registered on the Eco Mitram application alone.
Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Tourism participated in the beach cleaning campaign in South and North Goa with thousands of young volunteers forming a huge human chain. Governor of Telangana, Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, took the youth brigade on a beach cleaning mission in Puducherry. Mizoram Governor Dr. K. Hari Babu campaigned at Vizag beach in Andhra Pradesh while L. Murugan, Union MoS, Information and Broadcasting joined the event in Chennai. Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Khodabhai Rupala joined the cleaning operation in Jafrabad, Amreli.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed that more than 45 Deputy Commissioners/District Magistrates from 9 coastal states actively participated in today’s mass coastal cleaning campaign launched by the Ministry of Earth Sciences on 05 July 2022. He said the collectors have taken the lead by involving local civil society groups and school students and helped build a crescendo to the grand success of the ‘Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar’ campaign. The minister reiterated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi spearheaded the cleanliness campaign which motivated the entire nation to keep the 75.00 kilometer long coastline of India clean, safe and healthy for mankind.
Dr Jitendra Singh also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support through social media. The Prime Minister emphasized that India’s shores will be clean as he appreciated the efforts of volunteers to remove garbage from Mumbai’s Juhu Beach. Reacting to a video released by Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh about the beach cleanup, Modi tweeted, “Commendable…I appreciate everyone involved in this effort. India is blessed with a long and beautiful coastline and it is important that we focus on keeping our coastlines clean. The Minister said, “A cleanathon was organized at Juhu Beach in Mumbai, which was attended in large numbers especially by the youth and civil society.
Dr Jitendra Singh appreciated the approach of the entire government and the entire country in the beach cleaning mission and especially thanked the ministries of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Jal Shakti, Health and Family, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, External Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, for their cooperation. organizations and associations like National Service Scheme (NSS), Indian Coast Guard, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Seema Jagran Manch, SFD, Paryavaran Sanrakshan Gatividhi (PSG), along with other social and educational institutions are participating in the clean-up campaign.