04 March 2017 Current Affairs: The Ministry of Women & Child Development is observing the Swachhta Pakhwada from March 1, 2017 to March 15, 2017 and raise awareness about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan among women and children.
The Swachhta Pakhwada is observed by various Ministries of Government of India to achieve the goal of universal sanitation, hygiene and ‘open defecation free’ India by 2019.
During the course of the progamme, various activities would be conducted throughout the country through the wide network of Anganwadi Centres (AWCs).
Senior officials from the Ministry and associated organisations travel across the country on these days and conduct activities such as Swachhta Pledge, slogan writing and poster making competition, street play, demonstration and sessions on health, hygiene and sanitation for children, waste management etc.
Special programmes for girl child under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao would be undertaken. Officers would make visits to childcare institutions, One Stop Centres, Swadhar Grehs and Ujjawala Homes to check on cleanliness and raise awareness about the need for clean India.