Udupi: Cleanliness campaign is a vital task for all of us. We all have a responsibility to realise Mahatma Gandhi's dream of a pure India. Cleanliness of the environment is also a service to the country and this cleanliness campaign is an important part of building the country, said Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizer D V Sadananda Gowda.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the Malpe-Padukare Beach Cleanup Campaign which was a joint collaboration of the District Administration, Malpe Development Committee, Udupi City Council and Udupi District Fisheries Federation, on Tuesday, November 12.
He opined that programmes like "Clean India" should be a continuous process, not confined to a single day. Cleanliness should be a part of our daily lives and a ban on plastic must be enforced, the Union minister said.
Speaking on the occasion, Udupi-Chikkmagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje said that the centre would try to expand the Padukare Beach under the Padubidre Blue Flag project, a tourism development undertaking.
More than 1,500 students from various colleges of the city helped to clean up the Padukare Beach.
MLA Raghupathi Bhat, Kaup MLA Lalaji Mendan, Taluk Panchayat president Neeta Gururaj Poojary, Udupi Fisheries Federation president Yashapal Suvarna, Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesh, Municipal Councilor Ananda Kalolikar, ASP Kumarachandra, Assistant Director of Tourism Department Chandrashekhar Nayak, Youth Empowerment and Sports Department Assistant Director Roshan Kumar Shetty and others were present.
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