Union ministry of Jal Shakti 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.

Swachh Mahotsav 2019 held at New Delhi

Swachh Mahotsav 2019 was held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on 6 September 2019.  The function was organised by Union Ministry of Jal Shakti. On this occasion, President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented the Swachh Bharat Awards in various categories for outstanding contribution to Swachh Bharat Mission.

Key Highlights

On the occasion of Swachh Mahotsav 2019, Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat formally released ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’s Book on Behavior Change Communication’. The book was received by President Ram Nath Kovind.

President Kovind described cleanliness as pathway to success and highlighted that construction of toilets across country under Swachh Bharat Mission has become peoples’ campaign and not just a government campaign and at the same time helped in maintaining dignity of women as well as their empowerment.

President highlighted that cleanliness is also an essential condition for success of ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ launched by government in 2019.

About Swachh Bharat Awards 2019

Best Swachh Iconic Place award:  was awarded to Vaishno Devi Shrine Board in Jammu and Kashmir. The Shrine was selected on basis of overall improvement in sanitation.

Swachh Award in Swachhta Action Plan category: awarded to Ministry of Railways.

Swachhta Pakhwada Award: was given to Department of Defence.

Power Grid Corporation received award in category of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) for its contribution to Swachh Bharat Kosh.

Award for Open Defecation Free (ODF) and Behavior Change: were given to Gujarat and Sikkim

Ganga Gram: Village Baghori in Uttarkashi

Swachh Bharat Summer Internship: 1st prize was given to Ranjitha S for NCC, Bharatiya Shaheed Sainik School (Nainital) for NSS, and Vision Youth Association (Anantapuramu in Andhra Pradesh) for Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS)