Pune: Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) and Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) have received Raksha Mantri Award on the occasion of Defence Estates Day at New Delhi on December 16.
PCB was awarded for excellence for 'Swachh chawani-swastha chhawani'. KCB was awarded for improvement in functioning of cantonment board schools with perspective of quality education and school infrastructure.
Both chief executive officers (CEO) of PCB and KCB, DN Yadav and Amol Jagtap were received the award from David Shimlik, Chairman of Union Public Service Commission. Also present were Parmeshwaran Ayyar, Secretary of the Government of India and Jojneshwar Sharma, Director General of Defence Estate (DGDE).
"PCB has been undertaking various cleanliness activities across the cantonment during the year to achieve the goal of clean and green cantonment. It planned and executed cleanliness and awareness works for improvement of the environment as well as enhancement of cleaning services," said Yadav.
In compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2O16 an exhaustive programme for door-to-door collection of segregated solid waste has been undertaken. The vermiculture project undertaken by the Board has been diligently pursued and the bio-degradable waste of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Market, open markets at Kumbharbawdi, Wanawadi Bazar and Ghorpuri Bazar as well as from eateries in the cantonment are being
processed by vermiculture. The board has achieved the status of open defecation-free along with 10 cantonments in Southern Command.
KCB has worked largely at schools by taking up activities for improvement of the schools like remedial classes for Std X students of Cantonment board's high school to improve their performance in board examination, e-learning in all five primary schools of KCB. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software named e-prashasan has been installed for school administration and management in eight schools. Several co-curricular activities for health and fitness of students was undertaken.
"One of the major innovative programmes initiated by KCB is 'shala apalaya daar' (school at your doorstep) wherein all the parents, teachers and students were brought on the platform by going in areas, slums at their doorsteps for creating awareness about the importance of good education," said Jagtap.