Pune: The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated at all Central Government organisations and schools. The Pune Railway Division, Pune airport, Pune Central Goods and Service Tax (CGST) and Kendriya Vidyalaya BEG celebrated with the slogan of ‘Plastic Free’.
The Pune Railway Division organised the event at all stations including Pune Junction, Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Miraj, Lonand, Loni, Karad, Hadapsar, Khadki, Uruli, Rajewadi, Fursungi, Jejuri, Shivajinagar, Akurdi, Chinchwad and others. Various social organisations, citizens, students, passengers were involved. Activities like awareness rally, paintings, street plays and tree plantations were organised.
On the occasion, the Railways made an attractive artwork of Gandhi and charkha with scraps. The artwork was inaugurated by Divisional Railway Manager Milind Deouskar. He took a pledge of cleanliness and plastic-free environment.
During the event, along with Deouskar, ADR Praful Chandra, Senior DCM Sunil Mishra, Senior Divisional Engineer KR Dange, Station Director AK Pathak, Additional Medical Superintendent Dr Sanjay Athawle, Dr Avinash Nikalje, Dr Niti Ahuja, Assistant Commercial Manager Sanjay Kumar and others were present.
Walkathon by CGST Pune II
The Central Goods and Service Tax (CGST) of Pune II commissionerate organised a walkathon under the campaign of ‘Swachhata Hi Sewa” at GST Bhavan. Commissioner Rajiv Kapoor along with senior officials of the department and staff took part in the walkathon of 3 km and during the walk, cleaning initiative was taken.
The Airport Authority of India (AAI), Pune celebrated the occasion with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), BVG and others with cleanliness drive. A rally was organised and pledge of cleanliness administered under Airport Director Ajay Kumar guidance. The Pune airport has banned single use plastic items. Students of Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Sanstha’s Dr Bhanuben Nanavati College of
Architecture for Women were also present.
Kendriya Vidyalaya BEG takes up ‘Plogging Run’
Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya BEG, in line with the Fit India Movement and Swachh Bharat Mission, organised a ‘Plogging Run’. The eco-warriors of the Vidyalaya ran two km from KV BEG to Hari Ganga Society and back, collecting litter in cotton bags and emptying them in dustbins.
BVG Swachhata Hi Seva Drive
As part of the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ movement, Bharat Forge intends to reach out to over one lakh people by involving employees of Bharat Forge and Kalyani Group Companies, villagers, students and teachers.
This initiative commenced with ‘Cleanliness & No plastic awareness drive’. This was flagged off by Chairman & Managing Director Babasaheb Kalyani. Deputy Managing Director GK Agarwal, Executive Director BP Kalyani and around 200 employees participated.
Youths came together to celebrate Pedestrian Day at 10 junctions. Girls led the activity at three junctions. Taking inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March, Shapers wanted to encourage pedestrians to join a movement of road safety. Since 2014, every October 2 Global Shapers encourage citizens to follow traffic rules.
This year’s Pedestrian Day theme is Youth for Road Safety. “Most road accident victims are youths. It’s time we come together to encourage youths to follow traffic rules,” said Devendra Jani, Alumni Shaper at Global Shapers Pune, who headed this project.