Schoolkids to play litter monitors

Schoolchildren will soon turn litter cops as part of an initiative by the school education department to create a cleaner city.

By Our Special Correspondent in Calcutta
  • Published 13.09.18
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Calcutta: Schoolchildren will soon turn litter cops as part of an initiative by the school education department to create a cleaner city.

Students of over 2,500 state-aided schools will be engaged in the campaign to stop people from littering.

Whenever a student spots anyone throwing waste or using plastic bags on the road, they will approach the offender and request him/her to use the dustbin, an official said.

"We want to engage school students as they can play a vital role in creating awareness. It is more effective when a child approaches someone with a request," said Arun Kumar Chattopadhyay, vice-chairman of the state advisory council of school education.

The decision to involve school students in the cleanliness drive was taken at a meeting of officials of the school education department, the district inspector (DI) of schools of Calcutta and representatives of the 23 circles under it and heads of several schools on Wednesday.

The state government will organise a week-long programme from September 24 to educate students about environment issues. Children will also be asked to urge parents and neighbours to ensure proper disposal of waste.

Schoolchildren will also be taught the importance of maintaining basic hygiene such as proper use of the toilet, washing hands before every meal and having safe drinking water.

Similar drives involving school students will also be held in the districts.