PM Awards NCC for Swachh Bharat Mission
The Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi awarded the National Cadet Corps for its outstanding contribution towards Swachh Bharat Mission in a workshop organized by Urban Development Ministry and Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry.
The award and a certificate of excellence was collected by Maj Gen JS Sandhu Off DG and two Cadets SUO Rughav Jha and SUO Swati Sharma on behalf of the NCC. The Prime Minister complimented the efforts of NCC and congratulated the award recipients.
NCC through its mass base in rural and urban areas took up the task of Swachata during the Swachata Pakwara from August 1-15, 2016 on a war footing with a total of over five lakh eighty thousand cadets participating. The campaign was carried out pan India across seventeen States. NCC Directorates including more than 10,000 institutes  participated. The National Cadet Corps has been a major part of the Swachh Bharat Mission initiative and the NCC Cadets have been carrying out these activities as part of social responsibility and community development. The enthusiasm shown by NCC Cadets also inspired the locals to join in to make the Swachh Bharat Mission a great success.
The activities carried out by the cadets were cleanliness drive at historical sites and a mass pledge by cadets. The NCC also held awareness rallies, street plays, lectures and seminars across the country. The cadets distributed public health material with the help of civil administration, cleaned statues of national leaders and made posters to spread awareness about swachata.
The Swachata Abhiyan is very close to NCC and the cadets perform these activities as part of social responsibility and community development of NCC curriculum. The cadets took a pledge to devote atleast two hours every week towards Swachata.
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