The students of all government schools in Ludhiana will take pledge to keep the environment neat and clean on Thursday.
The initiative is a part of the Central government's programme, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, that will be celebrated on October 2- the birth anniversary of father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi.
As per the schedule, all government schools will hold cleanliness drives and take pledge from 9 to 11am in their respective schools. A government school official said students will also be served midday meal.
The cleanliness mission is a part of mega-publicity campaign of the Central government to ensure hygiene, waste management and sanitation across the country.
Urging people to re-dedicate themselves to Mahatma Gandhi's favourite principal, "cleanliness is next to godliness", the government has asked all students to work towards for the betterment of environment and adopt proper sanitation.
"The idea is to promote awareness about sanitation in schools as children deserve good sanitary practices such as clean school toilets, clean surroundings, and proper hygiene to realise their potential,"said a city-based health official.
Talking to HT, Gurjot Singh, district education officer (DEO), elementary, said, "All directions related to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan have been circulated to schools. Schools will be opened for just two hours and all teachers would be present on the occasion."
In schools affiliated with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), students will be shown an expression series from October 2-15 on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, proper sanitation and hygiene.
The CBSE has asked schools to record different activities and submit their entries to the board. Participants can submit their entries round-the-clock beginning at 9am. All results will be announced before October 31.