Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation Current Affairs - 2019

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DPIIT to launch Plastic Waste Management Campaign

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry,  is set to launch Plastic Waste Management Campaign on 11 September 2019. The campaign will be launched under Swachhta Hi Sewa 2019 which is beginning from 11 September.

Key Highlights

As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to action for Plastic Waste Management, during his Independence Day speech the theme of this year’s Swachhta Hi Sewa 2019 is ‘Plastic Waste Management’.

DPIIT is playing a critical two-fold role for success of campaign as mandated by Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation under Ministry of Jal Shakti. Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation has also requested DPIIT to mandate the use of plastic waste by cement kilns and DPIIT will ensure that all collected plastic waste may be recycled in cement kilns by Diwali 2019.

About Plastic Waste Management Campaign

Under the PWM campaign DPIIT will-

  • First ensure recycling of plastic waste collected on 2 October 2019 (Birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi) in cement kilns, and
  • Secondly ensure collection of plastic waste on and around industrial areas all across country through nationwide shramdaan on 2nd October 2019.

For this DPIIT has urged all State Governments and Union Territories (UTs) to mobilise Industrial Parks in States and UTs for collection of plastic waste across all Industrial Estates, Industrial Areas, Parks, Nodes and Corridors for Swachhta hi Sewa 2019.

DPIT has also requested state governments to sensitize Industrial Parks by focusing on Plastic Waste Management on a sustained and continuous basis. State and UTs Governments will monitor the campaign through their nodal teams to be set up by them.

Vaishno Devi shrine named country’s ‘Best Swachh Iconic Place’

Mata Vaishno Devi shrine atop the Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir has been named country’s ‘Best Swachh Iconic Place’. President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the award to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) during the ‘Swachh Mahotsav’ to be organised by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation on 6 September 2019.

Key Highlights

The Rankings of Swachh Iconic Places was released by Union ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Vaishno Devi Shrine which is visited by thousands of devotees daily, received a special award in 2017 from union ministry of drinking water and sanitation for bagging 2nd spot behind Golden Temple. In 2018, shrine was also declared as cleanest religious place by India Today Group.

Why Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine? The Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine has been adjudged on basis of overall improvement in sanitation brought about by board due to several initiatives taken in last few years to ensure cleanliness of entire shrine area.

Initiatives: taken by board includes not only equid dung management centre, installing water kiosks, kill waste machines, but also collection, transportation and disposal of waste along with regular mopping up of waste though a workforce of 1300 sanitation workers, among others have enabled shrine to achieve top rank.

Other competitors: The shrine competed with many other iconic places in country including-

Church and Convent of St Francis of Assissi (Goa), Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Maharashtra), Tirupati Temple (Andhra Pradesh), Taj Mahal (Uttar Pradesh), Golden Temple (Punjab), Kamakhya Temple (Assam), Jagannath Puri (Odisha), Ajmer Sharif Dargah (Rajasthan), among others.