NUMALIGARH: The NRL (Numaligarh Refinery Limited) observed 'Swachhata Pakhwada'- 2021 from July 1 to 15 with several innovative programmes to raise awareness among the public on cleanliness. The fortnight-long campaign is spearheaded under the 'Swachha Bharat Mission' of the Government of India and as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
Considering the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, distribution of face-masks, sanitisers, hand-gloves and other hygiene products were taken up as major activities during the period. Cleanliness and sanitisation drives were conducted. Emphasis was laid on the generation of awareness towards cleanliness through digital platforms like the NRL social media platforms and NRL Website. Online meetings and webinars were also arranged during the period to spread the message on Swachhata.
'Swachhata Pakhwada' started with the 'Swachhata Pledge' taken by the employees at various work locations of the Company including Refinery, Guwahati, New Delhi and Siliguri. Mass sanitisation drives were carried out in the nearby market areas of Siliguri Marketing Terminal and a cleanliness drive was conducted in the neighbouring areas of the Numaligarh Refinery site.
On the occasion, more than 300 COVID-hygiene kits comprising masks, sanitisers, hand-wash, and gloves among other items were distributed among the frontline Health-workers of PHCs/BPHCs, and the 'Safai-sathis' of local markets and also the Municipal workers of the 'Golaghat Municipal Board'. As a part of the healthcare initiative, an ambulance was handed over to the Furkating Civil Hospital and a mortuary van to the Golaghat Municipal Board during the fortnight.
Moreover, drinking -water plants were installed in three educational institutes/schools within the Golaghat district.
Innovative campaigns were carried out through NRL social media platforms. The campaigns pertained to 'Discouraging the use of single-use plastic'; 'Promoting ways to segregate household waste'. During the lecture, stress was laid on the observance of behavioural norms and maintenance of COVID hygiene' among others. As a move towards banning single-use plastic, jute bags were distributed among the workers in areas falling under both the Refinery and Township.
A webinar was also held among the students of Classes VIII to X of schools within 15-km radius of the Refinery site , on July 11, 2021. The topic of the webinar was 'Swachhata-Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Practice and their Impact in our Society'. Addressing the webinar, Superintending Engineer PHED Guwahati Nripendra Nath Sarma shared his thoughts on the subject in a very lucid manner way.
Later, an online essay competition was also conducted among the students on the same topic.
A tree plantation drive was conducted in a nearby village by engaging the villagers to plant 30 saplings as a 'Green Care' initiative, stated a press release.