NCC’s ‘Puneet Sagar Abhiyan’ gets global partner, agreement with UNEP
New Delhi, 22 September (H.S.). The National Cadet Corps (NCC) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Thursday launched new initiatives to tackle the issue of plastic pollution and achieve clean water bodies through the ‘Puneet Sagar Abhiyan’ and ‘Tide Turners Plastic Challenge Programme’. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Delhi in the presence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
Terming the Puneet Sagar mission as one of the best initiatives, Defense Secretary appreciated the efforts of NCC in making this mission a success. Confident that they will play a vital role in making this campaign a mass movement, he stressed that 1.5 million NCC cadets have the potential to influence the thinking of youth across the world. Thanking UNEP for its support to the NCC for the campaign, Dr. Ajay Kumar said that “It is our collective responsibility to protect the environment for the future generations to live a long and healthy life.”
Pillar of India’s climate change resolve
The ‘Puneet Sagar Abhiyan’ is one of the initiatives of the government to realize the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which he described as ‘Panchamrut’ during the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, COP-26, held in Glasgow, Scotland. . Between October 31 and November 13, 2021, the Prime Minister had presented the Five Amrit Elements as India’s unprecedented contribution to combating climate change.
Promoting awareness about the importance of cleanliness on December 01, 2021, the NCC launched a nationwide flagship campaign ‘Puneet Sagar Abhiyan’ to clean beaches from plastic and other waste materials, initially for a month. was. The campaign was later expanded as a year-long pan-India campaign to cover rivers and other water bodies as well.
NCC, the world’s largest uniformed youth organization, inspired its cadets to collect plastic and other waste materials. After its launch the campaign gained tremendous momentum, acceptance and participation. Various ministries and organizations including the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Department of Science and Technology, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Sainik Schools Society, Army Welfare Education Society, Border Roads Organization and National Highways Authority of India have supported NCC in this noble cause. support is provided.
Since the launch of ‘Puneet Sagar Abhiyan’, over 12 lakh NCC cadets, alumni and volunteers have collected over 100 tonnes of plastic waste from around 1,900 locations, affecting 15 million people. Of the approximately 100 tonnes of plastic waste collected, over 60 tonnes have been handed over for recycling.
‘Puneet Sagar Abhiyan’ – A Tide Turner
Following the growing support and success of the campaign, UNEP, engaged in this initiative through its ‘Tide Turner Challenge Programme’, decided to join hands with the NCC with the aim of harnessing the strength of the youth organisation. The United Nations body has the mandate and knowledge to address various issues related to the environment including plastic pollution and has a program to engage the youth in this campaign. The MoU between NCC and UNEP aims to promote clean water bodies. For this, efforts have to be made and coordinated towards involving the youth.
It aims at capacity building through information sharing and training initiatives and creating awareness on environmental sustainability, promoting opportunities for NCC cadets to participate in appropriate national and international platforms related to environment and climate change and environment and climate change. To engage in a joint initiative of mutual intention relating to. The MoU, to be implemented for a period of three years, aims to strengthen, develop and expand their cooperation and effectiveness in achieving common objectives in the field of environment.