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MAKE IT TIDY: Students participating in a mass cleaning programme in Government Arts College in Salem on Saturday. Photo: P. Goutham
MAKE IT TIDY: Students participating in a mass cleaning programme in Government Arts College in Salem on Saturday. Photo: P. Goutham

S. Ramesh

NSS camps have brought about a distinct change among students

SALEM: The awareness on sanitation and clean environment is fast catching up among the youth particularly college students in this region of Salem and Namakkal districts following a series of National Social Service (NSS) camps focussing on the campaign of 'Youth in Cleanliness.'

These special camps have not only brought about a distinct change with regard to social service but also stressed on general sanitation of rural habitations and campus cleanliness.

Door-to-door

These camps in which hundreds of college students are taking part in remote rural areas also highlight the need for preserving the environment as another vital agenda.

Every morning, one could watch a group of 29 girls setting out in the streets of Kannankurichi, ignoring cold weather, along with 14 sanitary workers. Dividing themselves into smaller groups, they go along with the sanitary workers door-to-door. While the workers start collecting waste, the girls, all NSS volunteers of the Salem Government Arts College for Women, talk to women in the houses advising them to segregate waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable.

Segregating waste

"In many houses, people are not co-operating with the sanitary workers in segregating the waste. They just put all the waste in one basket despite being given two baskets - one each for biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste by the panchayat. When we came to Kannakurichi for the about this problem and decided to persuade the women to segregate the waste," A. Menaka, a student volunteer, says.

Little response

Initially, the girls received little response. As days passed, women who have failed to do the segregation have regrettedtheir failure.

"At least, our presence makes the women feel that they have to segregate. If they realise the need for segregation, it will be great help to the panchayat administration to carry out Solid Waste Management system successfully," M. Kokila, another volunteers says.

The girls have planned to accompany the workers till the end of their special camp on January 28. NSS Programme Co-ordinators, S. Arul Mary and V. Malar Vizhi guided the students.

Bulldozers

In the Government Arts College, Cherry Road, members of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and volunteers of NSS had taken up mass cleaning.

The Salem Corporation had given its two bulldozers and an earthmover to assist them.

The SFI had rented another earthmover for cleaning.

"We will plant trees after cleaning the campus," D. Geetha SFI district secretary said.

City Engineer, Salem Corporation, R. Vijayakumar, inaugurated the work.

Principal Murugesan and Chairman of Hasthampatti Zone P. Natesan were present at the programme.

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