Swachhta Pakhwada 2016 Celebration              

The Swachhta Pakhwada celebration of ICAR-IISR was held during 17-31 October 2016 At ICAR-IISR headquarters, the cleanliness fortnight celebration was inaugurated by Dr. K. Nirmal Babu, Director, during which, the Swachhta pledge was administered to all staff. At ICAR-IISR Experimental Farm, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Peruvannamuzhi and ICAR-IISR Regional Station, Appangala respective administrative heads administered Swachhta pledge to the staff. After short-listing factors leading to creation of waste materials, various awareness programmes and cleanliness drives were organized. The waste materials collected were segregated into biodegradable and non-biodegradable and the latter was used for composting. Cleaning the premises of Mental Health centre, Kuthiravattom for planting banana, “training on disposal of waste and homestead cultivation” to skilled support staff and contractual labourers by Babu Parampath,Niravu , Yoga classes to staff by Mr.K.M.Rajesh, cleaning premises of garden at Peruvannamuzhi Dam, cleaning for planting vegetables, village cleaning, awareness programmes on cleanliness to public and school children’s, competitions for staff and students were the other activities carried out in connection with Swachhta Pakhwada celebrations. Emphasis was given for speedy disposal of files and monitoring punctuality of staff by heads of divisions/sections/units. The valedictory function was held on 31 October 2016. Dr. Biju, Scientist, ICAR-IISR welcomed the participiants, Dr. C.K. Thankamani, Nodal officer briefed the Swachhta activities carried out during the fortnight and Dr. K. Nirmal Babu, Director presided over the function. Dr Lisa Sreejith, Head, Chemisty Department, NIT, Kozhikode was the chief guest who gave away the prizes to the winners of various competitions and delivered a talk on the ill effects of non-judicious use of plastics and intake of unhealthy foods leading to health hazards. Dr.R. Sivaranjani proposed vote of thanks.

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