India is the global host of World Environment Day celebrations 2018, the largest UN –led celebrations on the environment. The theme of this year edition is "Beat the plastic pollution". In this regard, the Ministry has drawn up several programmes and activities scheduled to begin from May 2018 onwards.
On 5th June 2018 which is World Environment Day all the success of activities shall be showcased along with other exhibits and functions at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Some of the major activities proposed includes cleaning of identified beaches, river stretches and Mini- marathon on 3.6.2018. For this purpose, the Ministry shall be engaging the Ecoclub schools who are being provided assistance from MoEF&CC under National Green Corps programme.
In every State there are State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) who are the nodal points for implementing the above programme of Ministry. For the purpose of cleaning of above water bodies, the Ministry has identified the stretches in consultation with SNAs and Institutional heads from college of Fisheries which are nearby the water bodies in each of the State.
Hon’ble Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has also written letters to each of the Eco-schools principals requesting them to declare their schools /institutions free from plastic pollution and would be awarding certificates titled Green School/college who declare themselves as free from plastic pollution.
The above cleaning programme shall involve students from various schools and colleges and will also include members from NGOs, NCC, BSF, CISF, ITBP, Coast Guards and citizens. These cleanliness drives will begin from 15.5.2018 and will culminate on 5.6.2018.
For monitoring mechanism, the Ministry has deputed Senior level officers who shall oversee the implementation of this programme during the entire period and coordinate with the concerned agencies including the District collectors, Municipal staff, pollution control boards, local communities etc. Photographs/videos and reports shall be documented prior to initiating the drives and after the completion of the drives. State Nodal Agencies will be responsible to ensure that the cleaning activities are carried out in effective manner to bring positive results.